Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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Members of the United Transportation Union Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (UTU-SMART) employed by Keolis Rail Services ratified a new three-year agreement June 7 to continue service on the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) trains operating between Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Of the ballots returned, 78 percent were in favor of the new pact.

The Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) voted unanimously on implementing new crashworthiness performance standards for next generation high-speed passenger rail equipment that will operate in the United States.

Friday, 14 June 2013 11:51

BART approves $1.5 billion FY14 budget

The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Board of Directors has approved a $1.5 billion balanced budget for fiscal year 2014 that responds to customer priorities with investments in cleaner stations, new trains and other system improvements.

Robert Ryan joined TranSystems as senior vice president and market sector leader for its national passenger rail and transit practice areas.

J.L. Patterson & Associates, Inc. (JLP) hired Harry Steelman as senior construction manager, a former Amtrak construction manager.

Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:10

WMATA to implement close call reporting

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is launching a Close Call Transit Safety Reporting System designed to enhance safety by increasing the opportunity for employee reporting of incidents or situations that have the potential for more serious consequences.

New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Metro-North Railroad plans to accelerate trackwork in the Bronx including drainage improvements, tie replacements, fencing repairs and general cleanup of the wayside for nine weeks from July 1 through Labor Day.

Chrysler Group LLC has honored Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (KCSM) with its Supplier of the Year award in the Logistics category. The award was presented at Chrysler's third annual Strategy Meeting and Supplier Awards Ceremony on June 5 in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Skanska USA promoted Jessica Murray to head of communications and marketing for Skanska Infrastructure Development North America.

Montana Hydraulics has been awarded a contract to manufacture and deliver 54 bi-directional ballast plow units to FreightCar America. The current contract follows last year's order for 108 units.

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