Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015 12:38

MnDOT begins Zip Rail environmental study

Several options for high-speed passenger rail service between the Twin Cities and Rochester, Minn., known as Zip Rail, will undergo the first phase of a two-step environmental impact statement review process.

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) says years of work on the goal of restoring passenger rail service between Vermont and Montreal took a major step forward March 16 as the United States and Canada signed a long-awaited agreement designed to improve cross border travel and security between the two countries.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 12:27

Unifor ratifies agreements with CN

Unifor ratified agreements with Canadian National, including the clerical/intermodal, Savage Alberta Railway, excavator-operator and CNTL owner-operator collective agreements. CN is awaiting the results from the mechanical bargaining unit represented by Unifor Local 100R.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton proposed 75 grade-crossing projects to improve safety and improve congestion across the state.

The Amtrak Hoosier State service between Indianapolis, Ind., and Chicago, Ill., will continue through the end of April. The announcement follows a Federal Railroad Administration phone call with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Commissioner Karl Browning, during which Acting Administrator Sarah Feinberg committed to reconsider the position that would force the Hoosier State service to end.

Monday, 16 March 2015 12:09

Metrolink names Leahy as CEO

The Metrolink Board of Directors unanimously appointed Art Leahy to chief executive officer, effective April 20.

RailComm has completed cutover of a completely new switch interlocking at a North American Class 1 yard located in Indiana. Each switch machine or crossover in the interlocking can be controlled individually or in combinations to set entrance/exit routes through the yard.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Board approved the award of a $25.6-million contract to F.H. Paschen and S.N. Nielsen for the renovation of five O'Hare branch CTA stations, in what is the next major phase of the historic $492 -million Your New Blue modernization project.

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (SCVTA) celebrated another milestone for the Bay Area Rapid Transportation's Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension as joint venture
contractor Skanska, Shimmick, Herzog (SSH) recently installed the first set of tracks.

Thursday, 05 March 2015 12:52

U.S. House passes Amtrak funding bill

The House of Representatives approved a bill March 3 that improves the nation's passenger rail system and reforms Amtrak by reducing costs, creating greater accountability and transparency, leveraging private sector resources and accelerating rail project delivery, according to a release from the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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