Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's (WMATA) Board of Directors has approved a four-year collective bargaining agreement with Local 689 Union, which freezes employee wages for one year and provides for employee contributions to their pension funds.

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) will recognize nine public transportation systems for outstanding sustainability achievements.

Transport Canada is moving forward to build upon the safety advisories received recently from the Transportation Safety Board and further enhance existing safe railway operations and the security of railway transportation by issuing an emergency directive pursuant to section 33 of the Canadian Railway Safety Act to increase rail safety.

In the state of Washington, the Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a 10-year lease with the Tesoro-Savage Joint Venture (TSJV) for a crude oil handling facility at the port.

An Environmental Assessment and Section 4(f) Evaluation for the Rail Yard Redevelopment Project in Sioux Falls, S.D., has been signed by the South Dakota Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration officials.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 11:25

SEPTA sets ridership record in FY13

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has set a new regional rail ridership record, with 36,023,000 trips taken by customers during Fiscal Year 2013, the 12-month period from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. Ridership on SEPTA's 13 regional rail lines increased by 2.2 percent during the course of the year.

Axion International Holdings, Inc., has shipped 500 composite crossties to Calgary Transit for use in crossings. Calgary Transit has been a customer of Axion's for four years and has purchased ECOTRAX ties annually.

Union Pacific will strengthen transportation infrastructure in Illinois and Iowa by investing nearly $27 million in the rail line between Manlius and Edelstein, Ill., and the rail line between Boone and Denison, Iowa.

Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff, North Carolina Governor Patrick McCrory, Charlotte Mayor Patsy Kinsey and other local officials celebrated the start of construction on the LYNX Blue Line extension from downtown Charlotte to the University of North Carolina (UNC) Charlotte campus.

Construction of the Southwest Light Rail Transit (LRT) line in Minnesota (Green Line Extension) may require freight rail traffic currently running along the preferred LRT route to be kept with adjustments or relocated to St. Louis Park.

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