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House passes short-term transportation extension bill; APTA says effort a flop
The House of Representatives passed H.R. 2353, a short-term authorization extension that will provide surface transportation funding through July 31, 2015. The Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, sponsored…
Watco acquires two west Texas shortlines from Iowa Pacific Holdings
Watco Companies purchased two west Texas shortlines from Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC, May 18, 2015. Watco Transportation Services (WTS) entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Texas and New…
SFMTA Central Subway Tunnel structure complete
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's (SFMTA) Central Subway tunnel portal entrance, which was the final element to the overall tunneling contract, is now finished. SFMTA says this portion of…
Norfolk Southern gains STB approval of D&H acquisition
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) approved Norfolk Southern's acquisition of approximately 283 miles of rail line in Pennsylvania and New York from the Delaware & Hudson Railway Company, Inc. (D&H).
SANDAG opens five miles of new double track on LOSSAN Corridor
Operational efficiency and capacity along the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) rail corridor has improved with the opening of 5.2 miles of new double track at two locations along…
New bonds to help ARRC fund PTC implementation
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed a bill into law on Wednesday that will allow the Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) to issue bonds in order to fund implementation of Positive Train…
Rep. Jenkins tours Amsted RPS’ Atchison facility
Amsted RPS hosted Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS-2) at its facility in Atchison, Kan., last month.
Work begins on Iowa City grade separation project
Peterson Contractors of Reinbeck has begun work on the First Avenue Grade Separation Project in Iowa City.
Pennsylvania hires Zarembski to evaluate, advise on freight system risk mitigation
The state of Pennsylvania has hired Dr. Allan M. Zarembski to a three-month contract to assess the state freight system, which hosts 60-70 crude oil trains a week.
J. Reilly McCarren, 1956-2015
J. Reilly McCarren, one of the most accomplished and respected railroaders of the past 35 years, died April 26, 2015 at his Kenilworth, Ill., home after a long battle with…
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