Chicago Transportation Authority (CTA) ridership in 2012 grew to its highest annual total in the past 22 years, rising 2.4 percent to 545.6 million rides for the year.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is stepping down and will not serve a second term.
The city of Fond du Lac, Wis., is being awarded a Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant. The $600,000-award represents the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's (WisDot) contribution toward rail improvements to serve McNeilus Steel's expanding facility in Fond du Lac.
The Loyola Avenue-Union Passenger Terminal Streetcar Line in New Orleans, La., is now open. The new line extends transit service to the French Quarter, the Superdome and downtown jobs and is already attracting new business and residential development to the area.
As reported by RT&S yesterday (click here), Union Pacific had their best safety year to date with achieving a 1.01 reportable injury rate in 2012.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission directing Norfolk Southern to upgrade eight grade crossings in the city of Miamisburg in Montgomery County.
Norfolk Southern plans to spend $2 billion in 2013 for capital improvements to its rail transportation network.
Union Pacific's 2012 employee safety performance was the best in the company's 150-year history. Employees achieved a 1.01 reportable injury rate, surpassing the previous best of 1.15 established in 2011. From 2002-2012, Union Pacific employees improved their reportable injury rate by 58 percent.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick joined state and local leaders in New Bedford, Mass., to highlight the administration's commitment to South Coast Rail as a key component of an investment plan to grow jobs and expand economic opportunity.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) Board of Directors selected PGH Wong Engineering, Inc., and Harris & Associates to provide additional oversight and management of contractors who will build the initial 30-mile stretch of high-speed rail from Madera to Fresno, Calif.