Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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Cando Rail Services is expanding into British Columbia with the recent purchase of an 89-acre parcel of land in Kamloops for a new rail terminal. The terminal will have the capacity for 1,000 railcar storage spots, in addition to providing transloading, material handling, engineering and track and mechanical services.

Beginning January 18, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Transit will begin performing major renovations to nine stations along the Sea Beach N Line from 8 Av in Sunset Park to 86 St in Bensonhurst. The stations are: 8 Av, Fort Hamilton Pkwy, New Utrecht Av, 18 Av, 20 Av, Bay Pkwy, Kings Hwy, Avenue U and 86 St.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has entered into a station-area funding agreement with the city of Burbank to begin the planning process to develop a multimodal transportation hub.

CSX has plans to develop a major freight rail infrastructure project in Johnston County, N.C., that will spur economic development in the region and help position eastern North Carolina as a major transportation logistics hub.

Sound Transit Board Chair and King County Executive Dow Constantine joined Peter Rogoff, the agency's new chief executive officer, to preview the year that lies ahead for expanding regional light-rail service.

The O-Train Confederation Line LRT project in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, remains on track, on time and on budget.

The Metra Board of Directors has voted unanimously to spend $1 million on a study that will produce 30 percent design plans to improve Chicago Union Station. The project will be funded through a partnership between Metra, Amtrak, the city of Chicago and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA).

Association of American Railroads (AAR) President and Chief Executive Officer Edward Hamberger says that the industry will be targeting several key issues in 2016, such as maintaining balanced economic regulation at the Surface Transportation Board (STB), extending the shortline tax credit while laying the groundwork for overall tax reform and advancing security-safety legislation or regulation.

Norfolk Southern is consolidating its Virginia and Pocahontas divisions to form the new Pocahontas Division, with headquarters in Roanoke, Va., effective Feb. 1.

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