Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015 12:51

UP achieves seven-percent derailment decrease

Union Pacific says training, technology and investments helped the railroad improve safety in 2014, which reduced its reportable derailment rate seven percent. UP improved its reportable derailment rate to 3.0 from 3.24 in 2013 and has improved this rate 38 percent over the past 10 years.

BNSF 's 2015 capital program for its operations in Washington will be an estimated $189 million for rail capacity improvement projects and maintenance.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 12:40

CTA opens new Green Line station

On February 9, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) opened the newly constructed Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line station, which will serve the growing area near historic Motor Row area and provide a crucial additional transportation option for the Near South Side.

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) awarded a $4.3-million grant to replace the rail bridge spanning the Overpeck Creek in Ridgefield Park.

The Caltrain Board of Directors authorized the release of the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP) Design Build Request for Proposals (RFP), which is the next step in the design and construction of the project to electrify the Caltrain system. Electrification, a $1.5-billion project, is expected to be operational late in 2020.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) formed a partnership with the North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI) in updating the current rail plan to include a component enhancing statewide rail safety to meet growing transportation needs in the state.

Union Pacific's board of directors elected Lance Fritz president and chief executive officer, succeeding John Koraleski, who was named executive chairman, effective immediately. Fritz was also elected to the company's board of directors. Fritz had been president and chief operating officer since February 6, 2014.

BNSF's 2015 capital program for its operations in Minnesota will be more than last year's investment with an estimated $326 million for key rail capacity improvement projects and a robust maintenance program.

Chicago Transportation Authority (CTA) has secured a $120-million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for major improvements to the Blue Line, which will upgrade tracks and stations between the downtown Loop and Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

Texas Central Railway (TCR) selected two locations as potential candidate sites for the Dallas high-speed rail station. As part of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) process, TCR identified seven areas as possible station locations in Dallas.

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