Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston METRO) now has access to the final appropriation of $187.3 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the North and Southeast Lines.

Trainmen and engineers represented by the United Transportation Union Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (UTU-SMART) and employed by Chicago Rail Link have ratified a new six-year agreement, with 95 percent of the affected employees voting in favor of the deal.

Emphasizing the importance of cooperation with local emergency responders and an commitment to preparedness, Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI), President Lisa Stabler testified before the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia about the railroad industry's continuing safety efforts.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has approved eight highway-rail grade crossing projects in Lucas, Seneca, Stark and Wood counties.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:23

Detroit streetcar benefits from MEDC funds

The Detroit, Mich., Woodward Avenue streetcar project has been awarded a 10-year, $10 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based loan from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will connect North Texas commuter to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW Airport) four months early and under budget with the opening of DFW Airport Station August 18.

The Metra Board of Directors in Chicago has approved an $8.1-million contract to construct a pedestrian underpass and related improvements at the Lombard Station along the Union Pacific West Line.

With Caltrain's ridership continuing to surge and the Bay Area population growing, Caltrain is hosting a rail safety themed Reddit - Ask Me Anything (AMA) discussion to encourage an open dialogue about safety near railroad tracks.

On March 24, the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin a rail project to add 11 miles of second track to the Norfolk Southern line between Salisbury and Kannapolis. The work will involve upgrading some railroad crossings and permanently closing others, extending Kimball Road from Main Street to Center Avenue and constructing a bridge carrying the North Carolina Railroad tracks over Kimball Road.

Union Pacific will strengthen Missouri's transportation infrastructure by investing nearly $11.8 million in the rail line between near Kansas City, Mo., and near Marshall, Mo. The project, funded entirely by UP, began March 18 and is scheduled to be completed by June 2, 2014.

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