Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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Recent track upgrades meeting or exceeding all applicable Federal Railroad Administration standards will allow Union Pacific to increase the speed of its trains from 30 mph to 49 mph on nearly four miles of its rail line in Wichita, Kan., between near 63rd St. and just north of the Arkansas River.

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) released its Final Proposed 2014 Budget and Four-Year Financial Plan. The plan includes the addition of new cost reduction measures and recognizes favorable operating results and tax revenue re-estimates that have taken place since the preliminary budget was released in July.

The first in a series of pedestrian safety improvement projects along TriMet's Eastside MAX Blue Line in Portland, Ore., is underway, kicking off the pedestrian safety element of the Renew the Blue program.

Siemens Rail Automation, in a consortium with Bombardier Transportation, has been awarded a contract, not to exceed $428 million including all phases and options, by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to upgrade train control systems on two passenger lines.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 15:08

UP to perform improvements on Nebraska line

Union Pacific will strengthen Nebraska's transportation infrastructure by investing $2.4 million in the rail line between South Morrill and Joyce, Neb. The project began on November 7 and is scheduled to be completed by mid-December.

The North Carolina Railroad's (NCRR) West Webb Avenue underpass at Glen Raven in Burlington, N.C., is getting a facelift. NCRR and Norfolk Southern Railway have contracted for cleaning and refurbishing the bridge and work started Monday, November 11.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 15:05

Plans for Erie Rail Terminal revealed

The Greater Erie Industrial Development Corporation (GEIDC) has plans for a new intermodal facility in Harborcreek Township, Erie County, Pa.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation's (NCDOT) Rail Division hosted a Rail Planning Forum in Chapel Hill November 12 focused on the role that rail transportation plays in the continued growth of North Carolina's economy, key industries and its overall quality of life.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 15:00

X Train terminates agreement with UP

The Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc. (X Train), has terminated its agreement with Union Pacific, effective October 31, 2013, citing an alternative capital plan which will relieve the company from raising $100 million from its own equity to finance the Los Angeles to Las Vegas rail route.

United Transportation Union Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (UTU-SMART) members of General Committee of Adjustment GO 065 employed by Belt Railway of Chicago (BRC) recently ratified a new agreement governing their rates of pay and working conditions, according to SMART Vice President John Lesniewski.

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