Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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Union Pacific says its 2014 annual employee safety performance was the best in company history. Employees achieved a 0.98 reportable injury rate, surpassing the previous record established in 2012.

Watco Companies reached a definitive agreement with Kinder Morgan Terminals to purchase 31 terminal operations in the U.S. that span from Stockton, Calif., to Brooklyn, N.Y.

For the first time, Oregon's TriMet operated an electrified MAX test train on the northern segment of the new Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project alignment, including Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, on Wed., Jan. 21. A powered Portland Streetcar train also traveled across the bridge during the systems test.

Two tunnel boring machines (TBM) digging the western segment of the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) underground tunnel for Metrolinx's Eglinton Crosstown line, officially reached the half-way point of their journey Jan. 20 as they broke through the headwall at Allen Road, in Toronto, ON, Canada.

Recent track upgrades meeting or exceeding all applicable Federal Railroad Administration standards will allow Union Pacific to increase the speed of its trains in several locations on its rail line between Arlington and Picacho, Ariz.

Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) have selected Plenary Infrastructure ERMF as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance and maintain the East Rail Maintenance Facility (ERMF) project. The facility is being built in Whitby to support GO Transit's planned service expansion in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

As part of the Utah Transit Authority's (UTA) Salt Lake City TRAX Station Tactile Tile Replacements and TRAX Grade Crossing Replacements light-rail project, Oldcastle Precast's Ogden, Utah, facility was contracted to supply 2,400 track feet of their StarTrack Grade Crossing modules.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo detailed his "2015 Opportunity Agenda" initiative, which includes a six-point plan outlining his vision to strengthen and modernize New York's infrastructure, including an AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Federal Railroad Administration and the Olmsted County Regional Railroad Authority, released the Final Scoping Decision document on the Zip Rail, a plan for high-speed passenger rail service between the Twin Cities and Rochester.

All Aboard Florida has selected Moss & Associates as the general contractor for the Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach stations. Construction activities are expected to commence at the end of the first quarter.

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