Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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Norfolk Southern (NS) promoted Tom Schnautz to assistant vice president of research and advanced technology. He has assumed some of the responsibilities of Gerhard Thelen, including Positive Train Control (PTC) and research. Thelen retired March 31 as vice president operations planning and support.

Union Pacific (UP) plans to strengthen Nebraska's transportation infrastructure by investing nearly $7 million in the rail line between North Bend and Grand Island. The project, funded entirely by UP without taxpayer dollars, is scheduled to be completed by the end of June.

On Friday, April 5, 2013, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in California, will celebrate one-year construction milestones for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project.

United Transportation Union Sheet Metal, Air, Rail & Transportation workers (UTU-SMART) and Kyle Railroad reached an agreement on a proposed contract for all crafts under UTU-SMART's jurisdiction, which include: engineers, conductors, brakemen, maintenance of way employees, signal employees, mechanics, helpers and apprentices, carmen and welders.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed the Locomotive Fuel Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) exemption bill, designed to encourage further growth of the railroad industry, as well as continued growth of exports and manufacturing in New Mexico.

The Federal Railroad Administration released the Northeast Corridor (NEC) Future Preliminary Alternatives Report. The report presents the process used to develop 15 Preliminary Alternatives that represent a wide range of possible futures for the NEC.

Metrolinx in Ontario, Canada, released a short list of investment tools for consultation that will help decide how transit expansion is funded in the years ahead.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) gave the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) high marks in each area studied for it's most recent audit, including estimates of cost, revenue, ridership and economic impact analysis.

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), the rail safety education nonprofit, released its 2012 Annual Report, which reviews the organization's accomplishments.

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