Union Pacific released details of a $6 million project being performed on the rail line between Hillsboro and South Roxana, Ill. The project, which is part of the $119 million the railroad plans to spend in Illinois this year, began June 24 and is scheduled to be completed the end of July.
A study looking at the feasibility of an additional daily passenger train between Minneapolis, St. Paul or St. Cloud to Chicago produced promising results.
A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project was unanimously approved by Caltrain's Board of Directors at the rail agency's July 2 meeting.
Federal and provincial officials joined members of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to mark the completion a CA$137.5 million (US$108.8 million) renovation project to Toronto's Union Station.
Canadian Pacific, citing personal reasons, said that Stephen Tobias has resigned from the Board of Directors of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited and Canadian Pacific Railway Company, effective June 29, 2015. Tobias joined the board in May 2012.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, along with elected leaders of Baltimore City at the local, state and federal level sent a joint letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan urging him to reconsider the decision to cancel the construction of the the city's Red Line.
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.