Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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The Valley Metro $327-million, 3.2-mile Northwest Extension opened on March 19 ahead of schedule and on budget after more than two years of construction.

Norfolk Southern is investing $8.2 million to expand its corporate headquarters in Norfolk, Va., to accommodate 165 new employees. The expansion and new jobs are the result of the consolidation of the company's corporate offices in Norfolk and Atlanta, Ga., and the closure of its Roanoke, Va., office building.

Friday, 18 March 2016 11:19

New head of subways named for NYCT

New York City Transit (NYCT) Acting Senior Vice President of the Department of Subways Wynton Habersham has been appointed to the position permanently. He is responsible for planning, directing and controlling the subway and its safe operation.

Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority (WMATA) has restored service following an unprecedented full closure of the system March 16 for emergency inspections of the system's third-rail power cables.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) launched a redesigned website to serve as a one-stop shop to help drivers, pedestrians and law enforcement stay safe around the nation's more than 200,000 railroad crossings and 140,000 miles of track.

OmniTRAX Logistics Services, LLC (OLS) is rapidly expanding its service territory throughout the United States in 2016. OmniTRAX, Inc., is promoting the unit's growth with the launch of a new website at . OLS, which provides a full range of transportation and handling services, built the website to accentuate the company's "We Make Shipping Easy" slogan.

Metrolinx has selected CH2M for its Next Wave Rapid Transit Projects – Consultant Services for Program Management Services contract.

High-speed rail construction projects have frequently required long tunnels to reduce travel time and distance. With the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) considering a 16-mile long tunnel along the Palmdale to Burbank project section, the Mineta Transportation Institute looked into similar tunnels already constructed around the world.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued a final rule that it says strengthens state safety oversight and enforcement authority to prevent and mitigate accidents and incidents on rail transit systems.

Chicago's Metra will conduct Operation Lifesaver Safety Blitzes at 45 train stations across the six-county region in 2016 as part of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the importance of safe behavior around its trains and tracks.

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