The two-year project making upgrades and repairs along 190 miles of track between St. Albans and Vernon on Amtrak's Vermonter line was completed on time and on budget.
In Massachusetts, an agreement with CSX Corporation was completed that paves the way for increased commuter rail service expected to begin October 29, 2012 and strengthens the state's rail freight network to support the region's economy.
Union Pacific plans to enhance Kansas' transportation infrastructure by investing more than $9 million in the rail line that runs between Menoken and Junction City.
An independent financial review of the rail Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation project in Honolulu, Hawaii, confirms the financial capacity to construct and operate the rail system and that the project's financial plan is reasonable and able to withstand and successfully address risks.
The Chicago Transportation Authority (CTA) unveiled the design renderings for the planned reconstruction of the Wilson Red Line station, one of the largest CTA 'L' station projects in the agency's history.
The $203-million reconstruction project, slated to begin in 2013, will create a brand-new, reconfigured station to serve the CTA's busiest rail line and facility that will serve as an anchor for economic development in the Uptown neighborhood.
"This is a great starting point for the future design of an important station that helps thousands of Chicagoans get to work and school each day," said Chicago Mayor Emanuel. "The Red Line is the backbone of our transportation network and this new station will drive economic activity throughout the city for years to come."
The new station design features contemporary architecture including glass and steel canopies and a glass-enclosed entrance along Wilson, one of two Wilson entrances. An auxiliary entrance is planned for Sunnyside Avenue, serving a newer commercial development housing Target and Aldi stores.
SNC-Lavalin Inc. has been awarded a contract to design, build and finance the Evergreen Line Rapid Transit project in British Columbia, Canada.
The Wisconsin and Southern Railroad has started a $10 million plan to replace or repair 33 bridges systemwide within two years.
Canada's Metrolinx and Toronto Transit Commission have reached an agreement on the operations and maintenance of Toronto's four new provincially-funded light-rail transit lines.
The Canadian province of Saskatchewan opened its 13th shortline, the Long Creek Railroad (LCRR), on Oct. 2.
Denver's Regional Transportation District (RTD), Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and SEMA Construction will celebrate the reopening of the Yale Avenue Bridge over I-225 two months early on October 5.