Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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KW Express LLC, a partnership between Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, LP and Watco Companies LLC, entered into a long-term agreement with Mercuria Energy Trading Company Inc., to construct a 210,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) crude by rail project at the Greens Port Industrial Park on the Houston Ship Channel.

Norfolk Southern named Jason Reiner assistant vice president industrial development, effective March 1, succeeding Newell Baker, who is retiring.

The $67-million grade separation project in Bensenville, Ill., which is part of the Chicago Regional Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program (CREATE), began construction Feb. 19.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) urged the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to provide a $1.5-million loan to the Port of Oswego in New York through its Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) program. The port would use this funding to upgrade rail along the docks.

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Minnesota awarded the Metropolitan Council and AECOM Technology Corporation a 2013 Engineering Excellence Grand Award

T.Y. Lin International hired Vincent Montgomery, P.E., as associate vice president/national director of freight rail.

Canadian National donated $500,000 to Michigan Technological University's Rail Transportation Program (RTP) to create the CN Endowed Fellowship in Rail Transportation. This brings CN's total funding to the program to $750,000.

Pacific Imperial Railroad, Inc., signed a 99-year lease on Dec. 20, 2012, with the San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway Company and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board to operate the Desert Line and is now pursuing upgrades to the link.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plans to invest $6.4 billion in Wisconsin's transportation infrastructure, including $60 million for the Freight Railroad Preservation Program (FRPP).

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority awarded a contract for the station finishes, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, ancillary buildings and entrances for the future Second Avenue Subway 72nd Street Station to Judlau Contracting Inc.

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