Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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The Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies named Lara Karamatsu its 2013 Young Engineer of the Year. A civil engineer in the Honolulu office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, Karamatsu is one of the firm's designers for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project.

In its FY 2014 funding request to Congress, Amtrak is emphasizing the need for more federal capital investment to improve and expand intercity passenger rail, while requesting significantly less in federal operating support.

Thursday, 28 March 2013 12:43

GCRTA to begin S-curve project

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) in Ohio will begin its nearly $7-million restoration and improvement of the S-curve on the Red Line rail track on April 21, with an estimated completion date of June 7, 2013.

The Board of Directors of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) took steps toward the development of an indoor train layover facility in Brunswick, including the decision to award the design/build contract to Consigli Construction Company of Portland, Maine.

Thursday, 28 March 2013 12:38

OmniTRAX fills executive positions

OmniTRAX, Inc., has made four management appointments and promotions.

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association honored the Coos Bay Rail Link (CBR) for the second year in a row with its Jake Award with distinction "For achieving a perfect safety record with no reportable injuries."

Construction has begun on the Green Port Gateway, a major port-to-rail infrastructure expansion project in California that will help reduce congestion near the Port of Long Beach by shifting more cargo from trucks to trains.

Work has begun on $88 million in construction projects for three segments of the Port MacKenzie Rail Extension in Alaska. Contracts were recently awarded to three construction companies and up to 200 jobs in the construction industry could be created this summer.

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) of Denver, Colo., has determined that a confidential unsolicited proposal for the North Metro Rail Project has technical merit. The proposal was submitted Feb. 22 by a team led by Graham Contracting Limited.

Coalspur Mines Limited has reached a definitive agreement with Canadian National (CN) for the transportation of thermal coal from its Vista Coal Project to Ridley Terminals Inc., as well as final agreement with CN regarding the construction of the railway line to serve the mine.

The rail line construction agreement will govern the construction of a 6.5-kilometer (four-mile) long line providing CN access to Coalspur's loading site. The rail line will enable Coalspur to load the entire train in one continuous load. Subject to regulatory approval, construction activity is expected to begin in Q3 2013 and be completed in early 2015. CN will ensure the rail line meets its design and construction specifications.

"We are very pleased to have finalized these contracts with CN," said Gill Winckler, Coalspur president and CEO. "The agreements provide further clarity and stability over our operating costs in the initial years of mining at Vista. Rail and port logistics costs account for approximately 50 percent of Coalspur's Freight on Board cash costs, which are now under contracted rates.

The definitive rail transportation agreement with CN is for a seven-year period, effective from Jan. 1, 2013 and extending through to Dec. 31, 2019. CN will supply the equipment to carry Coalspur's coal to tidewater. The agreement includes transportation of up to 12 million tons per annum of coal and defined rates with agreed escalation and fuel surcharge calculations.

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