Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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The second of three Michigan track improvement phases for the 2013 construction season begins between Jackson and Battle Creek on September 30 as part of the Accelerated Rail Program being carried out by Amtrak for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

Thursday, 26 September 2013 08:21

New Jersey awards 12 freight rail grants

Twelve grants totaling more than $12 million have been awarded through the New Jersey Department of Transportation's (NJDOT) Fiscal Year 2013 Rail Freight Assistance Program, which helps support economic activity by preserving and improving the existing freight transportation system and by making freight rail service more widely available for businesses throughout the state.

Thursday, 26 September 2013 08:19

UP plans $8 million for trackwork in Iowa

Union Pacific will strengthen Iowa's transportation infrastructure by investing $8 million in the rail line between Lowden and near Blairstown.

CSX has named Bob Frulla vice president of transportation for the Northern Region. Frulla succeeds Gary Bethel, who is retiring after 43 years with CSX.

Thursday, 26 September 2013 08:16

Obama nominates former KDOT secretary for STB

President Obama has nominated former Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Secretary Deb Miller to the Surface Transportation Board, replacing Francis Mulvey, according to a report on the United Transportation Union's website.

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) received proposals from four design/construction teams for the North Metro project that will ultimately extend passenger rail north from Denver Union Station through Commerce City, Adams County, Thornton and Northglenn.

On July 29, 2013, Port of Vancouver USA in the state of Washington began phase two construction of a rail entrance project. This included the construction of a piling-supported, watertight trench that will support the new grade separated rail entrance into the port.

Work is progressing on the Loyalsock Creek rail bridge in Lycoming County, Pa., as the Susquehanna Economic Development Association Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) Joint Rail Authority continues to target a summer 2014 completion.

The risk of pedestrian and bicycle accidents at railroad grade crossings would decrease with sustained enforcement and education by local governments, along with consistency in design standards for warning devices, according to a study by the Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has accepted Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit's (SMART) segment from San Rafael to Larkspur, Calif., into the Project Development phase of its "Small Starts" funding program.

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