Mischa Wanek-Libman, editor

Mischa Wanek-Libman, editor

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Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) recommended awarding a $1.636-billion contract to design and build a 3.9-mile extension of the Purple Line subway from Wilshire and Western to Wilshire and La Cienega to a joint venture composed of three construction companies.

Global Partners LP (Global) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) will develop a unit train terminal in Port Arthur, Texas.

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00

EDA awards funds to Indiana rail project

The Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.6-million grant to the city of Madison, Ind., to upgrade critical railroad infrastructure to support increased commerce.

GO Transit's West Toronto Diamond (WTD) continues its progress and marked a milestone in May when the east tunnel opened to rail traffic.

Watco has installed two to general manager positions at Great Northwest Railroad (GRNW) and the company's Wallula switching site.

Stacy Grant has accepted the position of general manager for the GRMW. Grant will be responsible for supervising daily operations, specifically focusing on improving productivity, efficiency and safety. He has been with Watco Transportation Services since September of 2004 when he began working as a conductor for the Palouse River and Coulee City Railroad (PCC). He then served as a trainmaster on the GRNW before being named assistant general manager of the GRNW and the PCC.

Travis Chamberlain has accepted the position of general manager for the Wallula switching site. Chamberlain will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the site and will report directly to the director of Switching Operations. His duties will be to coordinate efforts between all railroad departments and to achieve performance goals with optimum safety, economy, efficiency and effectiveness, ensuring profitability of all departments.

Chamberlain previously worked in the paper industry at Boise for 11 years before joining the Watco Team in May of this year.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 09:30

Grinding out the ideal rail profile

The role grinding practices hold in rail profile management calls for special care with one of the railroads' most expensive assets.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 09:24

Ports call on rail investment

The Port of Long Beach, the nation's second busiest port, is close to completing the first of several rail projects aimed at adding capacity.

It is no secret that rail infrastructure is expensive to maintain and, for North American transit agencies, many of which are working with strained budgets, every dollar spent on a maintenance program must stretch as far as it can go.

A study released by Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) shows cost estimates for a proposed passenger line between Mooresville and Charlotte, N.C., rose significantly due to new infrastructure needs rather than using existing infrastructure.

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