Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Metro-North Railroad completed a track reconstruction effort that began in July 2013 on the tracks through the central Bronx used by New Haven Line and Harlem Line trains. The authority says the work results in a safer, smoother ride and improved operating speeds.

Three of Connecticut's representatives to Congress, Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Jim Himes (D-CT) and Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) unveiled the Rail Safety Enforcement Act, comprehensive legislation the congressmen say will enhance rail safety.

Amtrak began service to Union Depot in St. Paul, Minn., with the May 7 arrival of the Empire Builder from Chicago. Amtrak President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Boardman was among several transportation leaders who cut the ribbon for the first-ever Amtrak service in Downtown St. Paul.

Caltrain's Board of Directors appointed Jerry Deal to serve as its representative on the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA), the body responsible for overseeing a new intermodal terminal called the Transbay Transit Center, a rail extension for Caltrain and high-speed rail and adjacent transit-oriented development in downtown San Francisco.

South County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) board members voted to support the reactivation of the San Diego Arizona Eastern Railway at its May board of directors meeting.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) Board of Directors certified the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the Fresno to Bakersfield project section of the high-speed rail program and approved a high-speed rail alignment within the Fresno to Bakersfield project section.

Work is expected to begin on May 12 on a North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) project to replace a railroad crossing on Morrisville Parkway with a bridge to carry rail traffic over the road. This is one of a series of projects to improve at-grade crossings along the rail corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte.

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 07:32

Metra recognized for safety practices

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) recently recognized Chicago's Metra for its commitment to employee safety in best safety practices from railroads around the industry at the annual Railroad Safety Leadership Forum in Atlanta.

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (SCVTA) will be shutting down two light-rail stations and the segment of track in between in Santa Clara, Calif., to help speed up construction of the Santa Clara Pocket Track, an extra track that will hold the trains needed to meet the anticipated increases in ridership.

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 07:22

Watco names GM for Wallula Switching

Watco Transportation Services named Kenneth Barnhouse general manager at the Wallula (Wash.) Switching Site, where it switches cars for Boise Cascade.

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