Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said that pre-construction associated with the Central Subway tunnel will begin on August 13 in North Beach. The work involves relocating utility lines on a half-block section of Columbus Avenue between Union and Powell streets.

Phase 1 and Phase 2 of a major upgrade of the Seattle Maintenance Facility in Washington State has been completed by Amtrak and its partners. The facilities support Amtrak operations and maintenance agreements in the Pacific Northwest for the Empire Builder, Coast Starlight, Amtrak Cascades and Sounder commuter trains.

Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc. (X Train), the company building a luxury passenger train with planned rail service between Southern California and Las Vegas, Nev., selected R&O Construction as the general contractor for the X Train's Las Vegas Station. R&O Construction is a national general contractor firm.

BNSF plans to invest an estimated $106 million on maintenance and rail capacity improvement and expansion projects in Washington this year.

The completion of the work to rehabilitate seven stations along the West End D Line in Brooklyn, N.Y., is now complete.

Friday, 03 August 2012 12:02

Caltrain ridership hits historic high

For the first time in the nearly 150-year history of the railroad, San Francisco Bay-area's Caltrain average weekday ridership is more than 50,000, according to the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board.

RailComm has been selected to provide a wireless remote control 3rd rail and switch heater system for Port Authority Trans-Hudson's (PATH) Harrison Yard in New Jersey.

Union Pacific was named the 2011 Provider of the Year by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Vehicle Services Americas Inc. (WWL). This award evaluates railroad, truck and short sea companies to determine the best overall logistics excellence provider in the areas of quality, performance and customer service.

Norfolk Southern made two personnel changes to broaden the experience of its senior management team.

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. and a newly-formed GWI subsidiary, KeRail Inc. have entered into a long-term agreement with Tata Steel Minerals Canada Ltd. for KeRail to provide rail transportation services to the 4.2 million tons per annum direct shipping iron ore mine TSMC is developing near Schefferville, Quebec, Canada, in the Labrador Trough (the Mine). In addition, KeRail will construct an approximately 21-kilometer (13-mile) rail line that will connect TSMC's mine to the Tshiuetin Rail Transportation interchange point in Schefferville.

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