Amtrak ridership increased in the first half of FY 2013 and March set a record as the single best month ever in Amtrak history. In addition, October, December and January each set individual monthly records.
Sandhogs working on the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) East Side Access megaproject have concluded major blasting under Grand Central Terminal, where they are building two caverns 160 feet below street level that will house eight tracks for Long Island Rail Road trains.
Houston Metro's 18 light-rail vehicles have traveled more than four million miles (the equivalent of five trips to the moon and back) recording 100 million boardings in the process, reaching the milestone four years ahead of schedule.
Kansas City Southern (KCS) and the West Point Police Department hosted an Officer on a Train event April 9 to promote public safety at railroad crossings in West Point, Miss.
Watco Companies hired Nate Henderson as director of operations for the Central Region for its Terminal and Port Services division.
Metropolitan Transit Authority New York City Transit is bringing FASTRACK to the Bronx on the Grand Concourse D Line starting April 8.
Six Class 1 railroads were recognized by Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response (TRANSCAER) through its 2012 National Awards Recognition Program.
Norfolk Southern (NS) promoted Tom Schnautz to assistant vice president of research and advanced technology. He has assumed some of the responsibilities of Gerhard Thelen, including Positive Train Control (PTC) and research. Thelen retired March 31 as vice president operations planning and support.
Union Pacific (UP) plans to strengthen Nebraska's transportation infrastructure by investing nearly $7 million in the rail line between North Bend and Grand Island. The project, funded entirely by UP without taxpayer dollars, is scheduled to be completed by the end of June.
On Friday, April 5, 2013, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in California, will celebrate one-year construction milestones for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project.