Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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Thursday, 26 September 2013 08:16

Obama nominates former KDOT secretary for STB

President Obama has nominated former Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Secretary Deb Miller to the Surface Transportation Board, replacing Francis Mulvey, according to a report on the United Transportation Union's website.

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) received proposals from four design/construction teams for the North Metro project that will ultimately extend passenger rail north from Denver Union Station through Commerce City, Adams County, Thornton and Northglenn.

On July 29, 2013, Port of Vancouver USA in the state of Washington began phase two construction of a rail entrance project. This included the construction of a piling-supported, watertight trench that will support the new grade separated rail entrance into the port.

Work is progressing on the Loyalsock Creek rail bridge in Lycoming County, Pa., as the Susquehanna Economic Development Association Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) Joint Rail Authority continues to target a summer 2014 completion.

The risk of pedestrian and bicycle accidents at railroad grade crossings would decrease with sustained enforcement and education by local governments, along with consistency in design standards for warning devices, according to a study by the Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has accepted Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit's (SMART) segment from San Rafael to Larkspur, Calif., into the Project Development phase of its "Small Starts" funding program.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 11:37

BNSF outlines Illinois capital program

BNSF plans to invest an estimated $145 million on maintenance and rail capacity expansion projects in Illinois this year.

A critical first step was taken towards preserving a right-of-way for new rail tunnels under the Hudson River designed to withstand future flooding with the start of construction of an 800-foot concrete casing at the Hudson Yards facility in the heart of Manhattan. Construction of the concrete casing is expected to be complete in October 2015.

Norfolk Southern appointed seven executives to new management responsibilities.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has created a Blue Ribbon Panel of six railroad and transportation experts to examine the circumstances behind recent safety-related incidents at Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and New York City Transit (NYCT).

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