Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan gave the go ahead on a "more cost-effective and streamlined" version of the proposed Purple Line, but said the Red Line project would not proceed.
Positive Train Control (PTC) was again in the spotlight this week, as the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials held a hearing June 24 on "The State of Positive Train Control in the United States."
The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee introduced a six-year, $278-billion surface transportation reauthorization proposal on June 23, S.1647, the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act.
Scott Brace, who has served as president of RailWorks Track Systems, Inc., for the past five years, has retired.
Louisville & Indiana Railroad (L&I), a subsidiary of Anacostia Rail Holdings (ARH), and CSX completed an agreement that grants CSX a permanent easement to operate over the L&I's 106-mile rail corridor between Indianapolis, Ind., and Louisville, Ky.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) completed the $23 million acquisition of the Framingham Secondary Rail Line, a 21-mile segment of rail that connects Framingham and Mansfield, from CSX.
The government of Canada committed to provide approximately CA$2.6 billion (US$2.1 billion) toward Toronto's SmartTrack regional express rail surface line. The funds would come from the government's new Public Transit Fund (PTF).
U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced the "Railroad Reform, Enhancement, and Efficiency Act" on June 19. The senators say the bill is written to "improve passenger rail safety, reauthorize Amtrak services and improve existing rail infrastructure."
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently conducted an inspection of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) rail and bus systems that identified "organizational deficiencies and operational concerns that significantly limit WMATA's ability to recognize and resolve safety issues."
Construction has begun on the first aerial structure that will eventually host 200 mph rail as part of the California High-Speed Rail Authority's high-speed project.