U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) urged the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to provide a $1.5-million loan to the Port of Oswego in New York through its Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) program. The port would use this funding to upgrade rail along the docks.
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Minnesota awarded the Metropolitan Council and AECOM Technology Corporation a 2013 Engineering Excellence Grand Award
T.Y. Lin International hired Vincent Montgomery, P.E., as associate vice president/national director of freight rail.
Canadian National donated $500,000 to Michigan Technological University's Rail Transportation Program (RTP) to create the CN Endowed Fellowship in Rail Transportation. This brings CN's total funding to the program to $750,000.
Pacific Imperial Railroad, Inc., signed a 99-year lease on Dec. 20, 2012, with the San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway Company and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board to operate the Desert Line and is now pursuing upgrades to the link.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plans to invest $6.4 billion in Wisconsin's transportation infrastructure, including $60 million for the Freight Railroad Preservation Program (FRPP).
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority awarded a contract for the station finishes, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, ancillary buildings and entrances for the future Second Avenue Subway 72nd Street Station to Judlau Contracting Inc.
RailComm has been selected to provide its computerized Track Warrant Control System to Compañía de Ferrocarriles Chiapas Mayab railroad, located in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.
On Feb. 13, 2013, the city of Winter Park, Fla., in partnership with Amtrak, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), broke ground for a new $1.2-million depot fronting on Central Park and the shopping and dining district.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) finalized the lease terms with the owner of the Pagoda Palace property in North Beach, Calif.