Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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On February 5, U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-06) joined National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association member company Progress Rail Services for a tour of its locomotive and rail car services facility in Roanoke, Va.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says explosive housing and job growth occurring along the Brooklyn Queens waterfront are placing ever-increasing demands on the area's roads and public transit. New York City Mayor de Blasio believes that it is crucial to link this new development with the larger fabric of the city, which is why he has proposed the Brooklyn Queens Connector urban streetcar.

The Union Pacific Board of Directors approved the company's 2016 capital plan of approximately $3.75 billion, down about $550 million versus 2015. The plan includes $375 million to further implement Positive Train Control.

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) of Denver began off-site "bench testing" in January of train and traffic signals for at-grade crossings on the FasTracks I-225 Rail R Line.

In an action to move major rail, bus and highway projects closer to implementation, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) implemented a strategy to aggressively accelerate projects to help bring them to a "shovel-ready" state.

Michael Burns, who retired as the chief executive officer for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (SCVTA) in 2014, will take the reins of the Caltrain Modernization Program, which the acengy called the most transformative project in the rail system's 150-year history. Burns was appointed interim chief, Caltrain Modernization officer. He will begin his new role Feb. 8.

Officials with the province of Ontario say the construction Metrolinx's East Rail Maintenance Facility, which will support GO Transit's planned service expansions including Regional Express Rail program, is well underway.

Thursday, 04 February 2016 16:14

FRA gives go ahead to new BWI rail station

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a Finding of No Significant Impact for the new Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) rail station. The project includes adding a fourth track to nine miles of the Northeast Corridor surrounding BWI and reconfiguring the platforms to allow boarding from all four tracks.

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and local elected officials visited the site of a proposed $42-million grade-separation project in Moorhead.

Thursday, 04 February 2016 15:56

Metrolink to begin tie replacement project

Beginning Feb. 8, Metrolink will begin replacing 21,000 crossties in Orange County, Calif., over the course of nine weeks between the cities of Orange and San Juan Capistrano.

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