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VRE says service suspension imminent without PTC extension
The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) gave notice that it will be forced to suspend some, if not all, of its commuter rail service in Virginia and Washington, D.C., after December…
Trio of Illinois Congressmen urge passing of PTC extension
On Oct. 21, U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley (D-IL-5), a member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations subcommittee, Dan Newhouse (R-WA-04), a member of the House Agriculture Committee and…
Norfolk Southern says no PIH commodities, no passenger service due to PTC deadline
Norfolk Southern said its rail operating subsidiaries will no longer accept shipments of Poisonous-Inhalation-Hazard (PIH) commodities, effective Dec. 1, 2015.
Contract awarded for Metrolinx RER electrification
Turner & Townsend, a program management and construction consultancy firm, has been selected to support a five-year project to modernize Metrolinx's Regional Express Rail (RER).
Chicago Union Station revitalization plan moves forward
Amtrak, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Metra and the Regional Transportation Authority revealed a set of initiatives on Friday aimed at advancing the master plan to redevelop Chicago's Union Station.
Metra’s 2016 budget includes fare increase to cover PTC, capital needs
Chicago's Metra has proposed a $945.5 million budget that provides for $759.8 million in operating costs and $185.7 million to fund capital improvements in 2016.
Lehigh Valley's "Road to Rail” initiative studying possible passenger rail service
A study being led by the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission is looking at the possibility of restoring passenger rail to Philadelphia.
SEPTA names new deputy GM
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has promoted Richard Burnfield to deputy general manager. He will also continue to serve as SEPTA's treasurer, a position he has held for the past…
Gillespie Joins Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems Practice as VP
Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems (GFT&RS) has hired Andrew Gillespie, PE, as vice president of the Transit and Rail Systems division and director of special projects.
New York City, New York state and MTA reach agreement to fund largest capital investment in MTA history
New York state, New York City and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) have reached an agreement on the remaining funding for the MTA Capital Program.
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