Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) Redlands Passenger Rail Project in Highland, Calif., is now in the Final Design Phase. The project is expected to drive and support the growth of the local economy while attracting and retaining businesses and employers.

Construction began March 11 on track and signal improvements at the King Street Station in Seattle, Wash. The work is part of the $50.4-million King Street Station Track Improvements project overseen by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has given Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (SCVTA) the green light to enter the six-mile Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley Phase II Extension into the project development phase of the Federal New Starts funding program.

Friday, 11 March 2016 15:17

BNSF plans $100M capital plan for Kansas

BNSF's 2016 capital expenditure program in Kansas will be about $100 million and focus on maintenance projects that help ensure BNSF continues to operate a safe and reliable network. The largest component of this year's capital plan in the state will be for replacing and upgrading rail, ties and ballast.

Friday, 11 March 2016 15:17

KCS promotes Songer to EVP/COO


Kansas City Southern has promoted Jeffrey Songer from senior vice president engineering and chief transportation officer to executive vice president and chief operating officer. In addition to his responsibilities for transportation and engineering, he is now also responsible for the mechanical function. Songer reports to KCS president Patrick Ottensmeyer.

On March 9, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA-17) joined National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC) member company Atlantic Track & Turnout Co. for a tour of its facility in St. Clair, Pa.

BNSF's 2016 capital expenditure program in Illinois will be about $180 million, which will focus on maintenance projects and improvements to BNSF facilities. The railroad says this year's plan in Illinois brings capital investments more in line with forecasted customer freight service demand.

Construction has begun on Keelesdale Station, the first of 25 stations to be built for the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Ontario, Canada.

Rep. David Joyce (OH-14) joined representatives from Iron Horse Engineering, the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET) and the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) to tour Iron Horse's manufacturing facility, learn about the burgeoning rail and manufacturing communities in Northeast Ohio and discuss public policy priorities for the industries.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that his proposal to significantly expand the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) by adding a third track along the mainline will not require any residential property acquisitions.

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