Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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Gross & Janes Co. has entered into an agreement to manage and operate two green crosstie processing facilities owned by Boatright Railroad Products in Montevallo and Clanton, Ala.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has issued an Invitation for Bids, seeking a general contractor for the $203-million reconstruction of the Wilson Red Line station. Work is tentatively scheduled to begin this fall and continue through 2016.

The 107th American Railway Development Association Annual Meeting June 2-5 in San Francisco, Calif., will feature presentations from a long list of industry professionals.

The Federal Railroad Administration has released $30.2 million to Amtrak to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy along its Northeast Corridor. The funding comes from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued an industry-wide safety advisory to warn about safety hazards associated with flat switching operations on railroads.

California's Caltrain presented a preliminary report to the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, which owns and operates Caltrain, indicating the rail service's Fiscal Year 2014 budget will be balanced, but warning that Fiscal Year 2015 faces a significant budget shortfall.

Starting May 6, Metropolitan Transit Authority New York City Transit is bringing FASTRACK to the N and R Fourth Avenue line in Brooklyn.

Operation Lifesaver, Inc., programs and partners across the U.S. will celebrate International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) on May 7 with a variety of events to illustrate the importance of safe behavior at grade crossings and around train tracks. This year, 45 countries worldwide are holding events in observance of ILCAD.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has proclaimed May as "Rail Safety Awareness Month" to encourage safety on and around North Carolina's railroad tracks. Since the beginning of this year, 12 people have died on North Carolina's railroad tracks, an unusually high number of fatalities in such a short span of time.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission directing CSX Transportation to install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the Emahiser Road/Township Road grade crossing in Tully Township, Marion County.

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