Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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The National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) has named its list of members, a diverse group of professionals that will provide advice and recommendations aimed at improving the national freight transportation system.

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded more than $7 million to the state of Oregon through a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to support a $9.4-million project.

Canadian National (CN) is accelerating work on the $33-million upgrading of its Whitehall Subdivision in Wisconsin to increase car-loading capacity and train velocity for the growing frac sand supply chains

In a letter to the United Transportation Union, Federal Railroad Administrator Joe Szabo pushed for more integrated rail systems. In the message, he said:

"We know well the population growth, mobility and environmental challenges revealing a clear need to invest in passenger rail and of passenger rail's skyrocketing ridership, be it intercity, commuter, light or heavy.

Former Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) General Manger B.R. (Bill) Stokes passed away May 15, at his daughter's home in Sammamish, Wash. He was 89. Stokes was considered a pioneer in the advancement of public transit.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission for grade-crossing upgrades at six crossings.

Union Pacific has been named one of the 2013 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles from the National Business Group on Health (NBGH). The award honors U.S. companies for their ongoing commitment to promoting healthy work environments and encouraging employees to live healthier lifestyles.

The Sound Transit Board of Directors selected the North Downtown Central Corridor as the alignment to move ahead with further environmental review for a potential expansion of the Tacoma Link light rail system. The alignment, also known as the E1 corridor, serves the Stadium District and Martin Luther King Jr. mixed use center.

Friday, 24 May 2013 12:56

LACMTA adopts FY14 budget

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) Board of Directors have adopted a balanced $5.075-billion budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14 that begins on July 1, 2013.

The first Houston Metro train to travel the new North/Red Line extension will be tugged along the track by a special railcar mover beginning May 28, as Metro starts testing clearance on the 5.3-mile line.

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