Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are asking for additional funding for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) saying that it is "woefully underfunded" and unable to fully evaluate existing and future rail safety programs across the nation's freight and passenger railroads.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) launched his push for the Short Line Railroad Rehabilitation and Investment Act of 2013 while visiting Saratoga Train Station in New York.

Pacific Imperial Railroad is moving forward with plans to provide freight rail services to the Tijuana-Tecate region of Baja California by naming Charles Patterson as chief commercial officer.

The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) released the winners of the 2013 NRC/RT&S/Commercial Insurance Associates Safe Railroad Contractor of the Year contest. Enthusiastic participation in the contest continued this year, with a record 54 rail contracting companies preparing entries.

Wabtec Corporation signed a $34-million contract with Sound Transit, in the Seattle, Wash., region, to design, install, test and commission a Positive Train Control (PTC) system.

Harsco Rail signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Protran Technology on December 5, 2013.

In Montreal, QB, Canada, a Port of Montreal railway union ratified a six-year agreement December 12 that will govern labor relations until December 31, 2018.

The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) selected the winners of its 2013 Field Employee and Rail Construction Project of the Year Awards and will present the awards at the NRC Conference in Palm Desert, Calif., on January 8, 2014.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transporation has released $25.8 million in rail freight grants, which will help improve facilities, help businesses expand operations and ensure safety across the state.

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has made new allocations totaling $152 million to 36 projects statewide. This latest round of funding drives the total amount of transportation funding allocated in 2013 beyond the $3 billion barrier.

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