Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has been awarded an $8.9 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to rehabilitate a freight corridor and prepare it for future passenger service.

The $18.5-million project involves rehabilitating 20 miles of the state-owned Vermont Railway from Rutland to Leicester, which includes replacing nine miles of rail, upgrading 11 at-grade farm crossings and other improvements. When completed, this project will eliminate track-related slow orders, allowing for unrestricted Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Class 3 speed operations of up to 40 mph. The Vermont Rail System operates over the line and provides a critical connection for shippers to the Class 1 network in New York.

The project also supports the state's efforts to improve the line to allow for the future extension of Amtrak's Ethan Allen service from Rutland to Burlington. Approximately $6 million in match funding is coming from previous federal appropriations benefiting the corridor, as well as $3.2 million from the state and $200,000 in-kind contributions from the rail operator.

"This investment is helping to move the economy by improving track, bridges and other infrastructure, building stations and intermodal facilities, advancing higher-performing rail service and improving safety," said FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo.

Fifty-two transportation projects in 37 states will receive a total of approximately $474 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. Among these, $146 million will help fund rail projects.

Maryland plans to invest nearly $1.5 billion in transportation investments for the Baltimore Metropolitan Region that will support more than 13,000 jobs, reduce traffic congestion and revitalize communities.

The Rail Relocation Project at the former Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna, N.Y., is now complete. The project entailed the installation of approximately two miles of track in the north-south direction on the site, in the process removing tracks that had hindered access to the site and opening up approximately 300 acres of land

Rep. David Joyce (R-OH), a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, visited the manufacturing facility of National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) member Delta Railroad Construction in Austinburg, Ohio, August 28.

Port of Duluth-Superior in Minnesota has been awarded a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to improve infrastructure. The funding will be used to rebuild and expand the general cargo dock at the port and connect it to existing road and rail infrastructure.

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BNSF plans $240 million capital program in Texas

BNSF plans to invest an estimated $240 million on maintenance and rail capacity expansion projects in Texas this year.

The first of three Michigan track improvement phases for the 2013 construction season will begin on September 9.

The Chicago Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board of Directors has adopted the 2013 Regional Transit Strategic Plan, which will serve as the roadmap for planning and development for transit during the next five years.

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