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TIGER IV funding light on rail
No official word from the U.S. Department of Transportation has been released regarding awards of the fourth round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, but news from various congressional…
BNSF plans capital programs worth $140 million in Colorado, Wyoming
BNSF plans to invest an estimated $140 million in capital programs in both Colorado and Wyoming this year.
Boatright plans crosstie plant in Chilton County, Alabama
Boatright Companies is building a crosstie plant in Chilton County, Ala., a $55 million investment with plans to have 100 workers by the end of next year. The new 400,000-square-foot…
Transportation Safety Board of Canada issues new Watchlist
Calling for action on the most critical safety issues facing Canada's transportation system, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada released its new Watchlist. "In 2010, the TSB's first Watchlist became…
FRA proposes additional exclusions to environmental procedures
The Federal Railroad Administration proposed an addition of seven new Categorical Exclusions (CE) to its environmental procedures that will help expedite project delivery across the country. The proposed CEs, which…
Union Pacific rolling out training trailers
Union Pacific built a fleet of mobile classrooms to bring state-of-the-art operations and safety training to locomotive engineer and conductor locations across its 23-state system.
Maintenance-of-Way Challenges: Automated tie inspection
Automated crosstie evaluation systems work toward removing subjectivity and improving accuracy of crosstie inspections.
High-speed rail grinding and metal removal
Controlling grinding speed allows for the amount of metal removal to be fine-tuned and results in improved effectiveness and utilization of grinding operations.
PUCO approves upgrade of five rail crossings across Ohio
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved construction authorization for the installation of flashing lights and gates at five grade crossings in Crawford, Cuyahoga, Logan and Seneca counties.
Not quite the end of the line
To all my faithful readers, this will be the last monthly installment of “Chicago Perspective.” I thank you for giving me a platform for 13 years where my thoughts, opinions,…
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