Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has launched a new tool on its website that allows states and municipalities to request inspection reports for rail bridges in their communities.

Monday, 29 February 2016 08:08

STV names Joseph North to SVP

STV has promoted Joseph North to senior vice president. A rail operations specialist and project manager with 40 years of experience in light rail, commuter rail, bus and paratransit operations, North is responsible for supporting STV's major projects and developing new business.

BNSF's 2016 capital expenditure program in Missouri will be an estimated $140 million and will focus on maintenance projects that help ensure BNSF continues to operate a safe and reliable network.

The Sound Transit Board of Directors has restored Sound Transit 2 funding for preliminary engineering on the Federal Way and Redmond Link extensions, giving staff the green light to move forward with further design on light-rail extensions from Kent/Des Moines to the Federal Way Transit Center and from Overlake to downtown Redmond.

In Kansas City, Mo., the KC Streetcar will begin public ridership May 6, 2016. Kansas City Mayor Sly James said the grand opening of the KC Streetcar is more than a celebration of the end of construction and opening of the line.

BNSF's 2016 capital expenditure program in Colorado will be nearly $100 million, which will be focused on maintenance projects that help ensure BNSF continues to operate a safe and reliable network.

Kansas City Southern plans to invest approximately $5.6 million in 2016 in construction and improvement projects on its Shreveport Terminal Subdivision in Louisiana. The work will begin on March 8 and continue through March 22, including the installation of approximately 37,000 crossties and improvements to more than 20 public and private grade crossings in Shreveport.

A study released by the Van Horne Institute, based at the University of Calgary, suggests that it is feasible to build a railway for the transport of bitumen between Alberta to Alaska. The study was published by the Van Horne Institute with a Project Team including Shirocca Consulting, AECOM, Generating for Seven Generations, the University of Alaska and Michigan Tech Research Institute.

BNSF's 2016 capital expenditure program in Nebraska will be more than $110 million, which will focus on maintenance projects that help BNSF to operate a safe and reliable network.

The economic benefits and number of passengers anticipated by the Coast-to-Coast Passenger Rail Ridership and Cost Estimate Study justify moving the Detroit to Grand Rapids, Mich., project forward, according to project manager Liz Treutel Callin, transportation policy associate for the Michigan Environmental Council.

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