The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is awarding grants totaling $5.9 million to provide hazardous materials training for volunteer or remote emergency responders. The Assistance for Local Emergency Response Training (ALERT) grants will go to three non-profit organizations that will provide training for incidents involving shipments of crude oil, ethanol and other flammable liquids by rail.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded a $93.4-million federal grant agreement to extend SunRail commuter rail service 17.2 miles from Southern Orlando to Osceola County. The extension will provide faster and more efficient travel to jobs and cultural and retail destinations in downtown Orlando and throughout Central Florida.
The North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) is partnering with the town of Morrisville and will invest $6.9 million to construct a new railroad bridge over Crabtree Creek in Morrisville, N.C., replacing a structure built in 1927.
Norfolk Southern's yard in Memphis, Tenn., has a new name and it is "Harris Yard," in honor of Deborah Harris Butler, the railroad's executive vice president planning and chief information officer, who is retiring Oct. 1, 2015.
Progress Rail Services Corporation, supplier of railroad products and services to the railroad and transit industries, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Rail Product Solutions, Inc. (RPS) from Amsted Rail Company, Inc. RPS is a provider of track fastening products and integrated fastening systems.
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has completed a major renovation project on the Clark/Division Red Line station. The project added a new entrance, as well as a fully renovated and modernized the station.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) has selected Dr. Joshua Schank as the first-ever head of its newly created Office of Extraordinary Innovation, effective October 5, 2015.
Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) 248 has issued its recommendations to settle the four-year contract dispute between New Jersey Transit and the Rail Labor Coalition of 14 unions representing 4,300 union workers, reports the United Transportation Union.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) approved the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) corrective action plan to improve the safety of its Metrorail and Metrobus systems as required by an FTA Safety Directive.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) Board of Directors approved the contract for the L.A. County Grade Crossing and Corridor Safety Program, authorizing engineering studies to identify potential safety improvements at approximately 153 pedestrian and vehicular grade crossings along 160 miles of LACMTA-owned right-of-way in Los Angeles County.