BNSF has kicked-off its plan to invest approximately $1 billion to improve and expand rail capacity in states along its Northern Corridor, which spans the northern U.S. between the Pacific Northwest and Chicago. Some of the projects that will help expand capacity and improve traffic flow for all freight and passenger trains for current and future growth on those routes are well underway.
The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association, Inc.'s (NRC) Annual Railroad Construction and Maintenance Equipment Auction was held on May 1 at the Quality Track Equipment facility in Austinburg, Ohio, and set a record of $1 million of equipment auctioned to on-site and online bidders.
On April 10, following reports of VIA Rail Canada's Automatic Warning Devices (AWDs) systems at six Barrhaven-area rail crossings going into fail-safe mode with higher frequency and for longer periods of time than usual, VIA Rail retained experts at RailTerm and engineers from Hatch Mott MacDonald and Siemens to conduct an investigation of its infrastructure and signaling system and further investigate the root causes of these occurrences.
SunRail opened the first phase of its passenger rail line on April 30, which will significantly expand transit options and connect thousands of residents to jobs and other economic opportunities throughout central Florida.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) has received final approval for a nearly $1.9 billion low-interest, long-term Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for the Dulles Metrorail Project.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has appointed Patrick Nowakowski as president of Long Island Rail Road (LIRR).
The RAIL.ONE Group, a manufacturer of concrete crossties and system provider for rail-mounted tracks, opened a new factory in Clinton, Iowa. Construction of the $22-million production facility began in 2013.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is sending a long-term transportation bill to Congress for consideration as the House and Senate face deadlines to avoid the economic uncertainty and job loss that would ensue if the Highway Trust Fund runs out of money this summer.
Union Pacific will strengthen Minnesota's and Iowa's transportation infrastructures by investing $17.5 million in the rail line between Butterfield, Minn., and near Mason City, Iowa. The project began April 8 and is scheduled to be completed by mid- July.
In a move to enhance the safety of Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) signaling systems sooner, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board committees approved the expansion of a contract with a joint venture of Bombardier Transportation/Siemens Rail Automation by an additional $11.3 million.