Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has released an additional $3.7 billion in disaster relief funds to help the four major transit agencies in New York and New Jersey that sustained the greatest damage from Hurricane Sandy.

The TriMet Board of Directors in Portland, Ore., unanimously adopted the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. The $485 million operating budget, which will take effect July 1, 2013, includes budget priorities aimed at providing better service for riders and safety and maintenance improvements.

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded more than $4.7 million in federal disaster funding for the Chenango Industrial Development Agency (IDA) to move forward with the Utica Main Rail Line Revitalization project in New York.

Thursday, 23 May 2013 12:34

NS opens $5.9 million TBT

Norfolk Southern (NS) opened its new $5.9 million Thoroughbred Bulk Transfer (TBT) terminal in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Caltrain San Bruno Grade Separation Project has reached an important milestone. Beginning with the first southbound train on May 26, trains will travel on the new elevated grade separation. During construction trains have been operating on a "shoofly" or temporary tracks.

New Jersey Transit has added express service this summer to New Jersey's shore towns, beaches and boardwalks.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) has selected the Capital Rail Constructors joint venture for the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, Phase 2: Package A.

Operating employees of Chicago Terminal Railroad (CTR) have selected United Transportation Union Sheet Metal, Air, Rail & Transportation workers (UTU-SMART) for representation.

RailWorks Corporation, named Mark Patterson president of its transit systems subsidiary L.K. Comstock National Transit, Inc., and named Nuno Pereira president of its Canadian subsidiary PNR RailWorks Inc.

In Minnesota, the Hiawatha light-rail line has been rebranded as the Metro Blue Line, the first of the Twin Cities rapid transit lines. The Metro system will also include Green Line light-rail service between the downtowns (service begins mid-2014).

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