Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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The United States Department of Transportation has awarded a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan of $874.6 million to Purple Line Transit Partners, LLC, for implementation of the Maryland Purple Line.

Union Pacific plans to invest $44.3 million to improve its infrastructure in Wyoming and Utah this year. The company says its multi-million dollar private investments will enhance employee, community and customer safety and increase rail operating efficiency.

Planned work for the first Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) SafeTrack "surge" between Ballston and East Falls Church is at 96 percent complete.

Chicago's Metra started work in June on a project to revitalize its 111th Street/Pullman Station on the Metra Electric Line.

Through Metrolinx, the regional transportation authority for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Ontario has secured an agreement-in-principle with Canadian National that will allow GO Regional Express Rail to be built along the Kitchener GO corridor.

RailPros, an engineering and management firm serving the California rail market, has awarded a program management services contract to CH2M to assist with the development and implementation of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project (RPRP) for the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG).

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:37

FHWA, FTA take on workforce “cliff”

One of the transportation industry's greatest challenges is how can to attract, educate and retain a workforce that has both the skills and the numbers to keep the nation moving.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey Klein have reached an agreement on legislation to improve rail safety measures across New York state.

Inspectors from state and federal agencies in Oregon and Washington state are conducting track inspections along the Columbia River Gorge rail line this week between Vancouver and Pasco, Wash.

The province of Ontario is providing CA$205 million (US$160 million) to help advance work for the Yonge North Subway Extension and the proposed Relief Line to help manage congestion on the Yonge Line in the Toronto area.

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