The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) revised the environmental review process, required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which will expedite the process for all proposed transit projects seeking federal funds.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Assembly Station Project is well underway. The new Orange Line station is under construction between Wellington and Sullivan Square Stations. Once complete, the station will serve as a gateway to development at Assembly Square.
New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (MTA) Metro-North Railroad had its second highest ridership in 2012, providing 83 million rail rides, despite the lingering effects of Super Storm Sandy.
Georgetown Rail Equipment Co. (GREX) hired Gregory Bilhartz to serve in the newly-created position of director, business development.
Watco Railroad Company Holdings, Inc., (Watco) purchased Ann Arbor Railroad, Inc. (AA). On Dec. 27, 2012, a Notice of Exemption was filed with the Surface Transportation Board for Watco to purchase the railroad company's stock. The acquisition of Control Exemption became effective on Jan. 26, 2012.
In Texas, the TEX Rail Environmental Assessment (EA) document is available for review, which presents an environmental analysis of changes to the project, since the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was completed.
Canadian Pacific (CP) and Teamsters Canada Rail Conference - Maintenance of Way Employees Division (TCRC-MWED) ratified a five-year collective agreement.
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.