The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) Blue Line is undergoing a $1.2-billion overhaul replacing power stations, overhead power lines, tracks, rail cars and improvements to station platforms in a multiyear investment to bolster reliability, comfort and safety.
At its December 17 meeting, the Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Council made a recommendation to the Federal Railroad Administration on which rail route alternatives should receive more detailed study in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit (HART) is welcoming the new year with construction ramping up along the alignment.
Koppers Inc., has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the crosstie treating business and related manufacturing facility of Tolko Industries Ltd., located in Ashcroft, BC, Canada.
Axion International Holdings, Inc., has shipped an order to a second European railroad for in track testing. The shipment includes 700 crossties and three switch sets and will be used on a narrow gauge passenger railway as part of their annual refurbishment and renewal program.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Board approved a $2-million plan to rehabilitate and improve the accessibility of the Blue Line's Illinois Medical District station by making all three station entrances accessible to customers with disabilities and additional upgrades, using $23 million of city tax-increment financing funds made available through Mayor Rahm Emanuel's "Chicago Neighborhoods Now" program.
Norfolk Southern says that it participated in the location of 67 new industries and the expansion of 25 existing industries along its rail lines in 2013.
Union Pacific has placed D. Lynn Kelley and Joseph O'Connor in new positions within the organization.
IntegriCo Composites, Inc., manufacturer of recycled plastic railroad ties, has received an initial 22,000 crosstie order for its composite railroad ties from a Class 1 railroad.
Union Pacific recently initiated a new intermodal service between Laredo, Texas, and Memphis, Tenn., supporting growing transportation needs for the automotive manufacturing and intermodal marketplaces.