Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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Friday, 12 June 2015 12:34

BART Board approves FY16 budget

With record ridership stretching Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) resources, the board of directors voted to direct money to initiatives designed to increase train passenger capacity and to improve on-time performance through a $1.57 billion FY16 budget.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) Board of Directors approved a Rail Delivery Partner (RDP) contract, led by Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc., which CHSRA says takes an expanded approach to the planned high-speed rail program.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit awarded a $78.9-million construction contract to Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company to build three rail stations in the Waipahu area at West Loch, Waipahu Transit Center and Leeward Community College.

As a result of work completed in March 2014 in response to the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) Emergency Order 29, Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (MTA) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and Metro-North Railroad are already in compliance with the recommendations made recently to all U.S. passenger railroads by the Federal Railroad Administration in its Safety Advisory 2015-03.

In its ongoing investigation of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) train accident at L'Enfant Plaza on January 12, 2015, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators found problems with certain electrical connections in WMATA's system that require immediate action and issued a safety recommendation.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a safety advisory recommending actions that passenger railroads take to prevent trains from speeding. The advisory is the latest in a series of steps FRA has taken to keep passenger railroads safe for the traveling public.

Norfolk Southern is naming its largest freight train classification yard after Wick Moorman for his leadership in support of freight railroads and their investors, customers and employees.

Tuesday, 09 June 2015 10:16

Railway Interchange exhibits sell out

Railway Interchange 2015 host associations say they are gearing up for the biggest event to-date. With four months to go before the event, indoor and outdoor exhibition space is sold out and 60 percent of available hotel rooms have been reserved.

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