Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) named the winners of its annual Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards, as well as the Rail Transit Team Achievement Award during its annual Rail Conference taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito have committed the remaining funds necessary to reach the total goal required to complete the redevelopment of Union Station in Springfield, Mass.

The League of Railway Industry Women (LRIW) released the agenda for its annual conference, which will be held in conjunction with Railway Interchange 2015, taking place October 4-7 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Kansas City Southern (KCS) says transportation and safety teams from Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM) and KCS met in Laredo, Texas, for a safety blitz, which covered observation and testing of safety behaviors, such as slip trip and fall prevention and switching techniques; star rules for vehicles, equipment and tools inspections; securing equipment and air brake testing and General Code of Operating Rules, such as shove movements and safe and efficient switching.

With the Congressionally-mandated December 31, 2015, deadline for many freight lines and all intercity and commuter rail systems to install, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has been working continuously over the past seven years to build and install a Positive Train Control (PTC) system across its regional rail network.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Operation Lifesaver, Inc., formed a partnership to promote safety at Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road crossings.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has appointed Maureen McCole, Garrome Franklin and David Schulze to the roles of vice president, commuter rail/railroad management, vice president, chief safety officer and vice president for policy and strategy, respectively.

North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (NCRIA) approved four grants totaling more than $1.1 million that will improve rail access for businesses in the state.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) awarded a $1.23-billion contract to construct a 60-plus mile portion of high-speed rail between Los Angeles and San Francisco to the joint venture team of Dragados USA and Flatiron.

Metropolitan Council Chair Adam Duininck has appointed Wes Kooistra as regional administrator of the Twin Cities area council, replacing Pat Born, who will retire July 3.

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