Metrolinx in Toronto, ON, Canada appointed Greg Percy to president of GO Transit, following an extensive international search process. Percy will assume the role effective November 9, 2013.
October 23 marked the 100th anniversary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Long Island Rail Road's (LIRR) Jamaica Station, a historic transportation hub and transfer point for 10 of the LIRR's 11 branches that is used by 150,000 passengers every day.
BNSF plans to develop a $28-million logistics center and make improvements to an existing rail yard and mainline infrastructure in Sweetwater, Texas.
The Port of Oswego Authority in New York received a $192,000 grant, awarded through the Northern Border Regional Commission, which will be used to construct a rail spur and additional rail car storage to help accommodate the demands of increased rail traffic.
Hampton Roads Transit has resumed work on the Naval Station Norfolk Transit Extension Study, which was put on hold on October 8 during the 16-day shutdown of most federal government work.
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and its two largest unions reached a tentative agreement on labor contracts October 21, which will be presented to employees for a ratification vote.
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) President Forrest Claypool proposed a balanced $1.38 billion budget that maintains transit service and holds the line on customer fares, while continuing investment in projects and programs to improve service and modernize regional transit.
Canadian Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt discussed the critical role of the railway industry as the government strengthens railway safety standards with the Advisory Council on Railway Safety.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Indiana Rail Road Company (INRD) President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Hoback opened Indianapolis' new intermodal freight terminal October 10 by driving a 200-ton INRD locomotive through a ribbon.
From June to September, Kansas City Southern's U.S. production gangs installed more than 150,000 crossties, 2,450 switch ties and renewed 94 road crossings between Spiro, Okla., and De Queen, Ark., on the Heavener and Shreveport Subdivisions.