Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 14:40

BART to begin testing Oakland Airport Connector

Test vehicles will soon be traveling on the Oakland Airport Connector (OAC) tracks above Hegenberger Road in Oakland, Calif., as the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) project moves into one of the final phases before the anticipated opening for service this fall. The first of the new test vehicles was unveiled recently at the OAC wheelhouse.

Watco Terminal and Port Services and Great Northern Project Development, L. P. (GNPD) are partnering together in the development and operation of a major multi-purpose rail transload terminal and railcar maintenance shop near South Heart, N.D.

Koppers Inc., has completed the purchase of the crosstie treating business and related manufacturing facility of Tolko Industries Ltd., located in Ashcroft, BC, Canada.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool and U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL-05) said that as the only transit system currently accepted into the Federal Transit Administration's Core Capacity Program, the Chicago Transit Authority is poised to benefit from the infusion of funding included in the FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill,

According to Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) officials, the $1.1-trillion federal spending bill that President Obama signed late last week will provide $250 million for the Honolulu transit-rail project.

CSX appointed Bryan Rhode to regional vice president, state government affairs in Virginia.

Kansas City Southern, the Anderson, Mo., Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol will host an Officer on a Train event January 22 to promote public safety at railroad crossings in Anderson.

Starting January 20, Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit will bring FASTRACK to the E, F, M and R lines in Manhattan and Queens. For four consecutive weeknights until early morning January 24, E service will be suspended between Roosevelt Ave. and World Trade Center. F service will be suspended between Roosevelt Ave. and 21 St.-Queensbridge. M service will end early between 71 Ave. and Essex St. each night. R service will end early between 71 Ave. and Whitehall St. each night.

FASTRACK has been designed around the careful determination that there is adequate alternate means of transportation, including enhanced services along some bus lines during work periods.

FASTRACK was introduced in January 2012, devoting four straight weeknights to perform maintenance work in tunnels, stations and on tracks, completely suspending service within a given line segment for a seven-hour period, allowing an army of maintenance workers to perform dozens of tasks.

The next FASTRACK overnight closure will be on the 2, 3 and 4 Eastern Parkway Line, between Atlantic Ave.-Barclays Ctr. and Franklin Ave., beginning January 27 and ending early January 31.


Friday, 17 January 2014 14:23

NTSB releases 2014 Most Wanted List

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its 2014 Most Wanted List, the top 10 advocacy and awareness priorities for the agency for 2014, which for the first time includes improving operational safety in rail mass transit.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) implemented a final rule it says will significantly cut red tape, while achieving better environmental outcomes, for certain transit and highway projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and spur them towards completion more quickly than in years past.

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