MnDOT: $151.4MM Needed to Renew, Expand Minnesota’s Freight Rail System

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has released its 2023-2028 Forecast, focusing on the $151.4 million in funding required to go toward planned local projects needing state support for rail and bridge upgrades, new industrial parks and job creation.

FTA: $212.3MM Available for Emergency Relief Funding

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced March 27 that $212,301,048 in grants are available to apply for under the Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program (Emergency Relief Program) for states, territories, local government authorities, Indian tribes, and other FTA recipients affected by major declared disasters in calendar years 2017, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

MxV Rail: Registration Now Open for 28th Annual AAR Research Review

MxV Rail announced March 20 that registration is now open for the 28th Annual Association of American Railroads (AAR) Research Review, which will take place in Pueblo, Colo., June 26-28, 2023, bringing together MxV Rail experts, leaders from Class I and short line railroads, university students, and suppliers from around the world.

Judge Rules RTD ‘Not Responsible’ for Commuter Rail Costs

A Denver District Court judge on Feb. 10 ruled that the Regional Transportation District (RTD) is not responsible for more than $100 million in costs related to crossing gate problems on three of its commuter rail lines, according to a CPR News report.

ENSCO Creates Brazilian Subsidiary

Railway inspection technology supplier ENSCO, Inc. announced Feb. 14 that it has created a new subsidiary, ENSCO Tecnologias do Brasil LTDA, that will serve Brazilian and South American railway customers.

Sisseton Milbank Railroad (SMRC) operates 37 miles of line between Milbank and Sisseton, South Dakota. SMRC serves the communities of Sisseton, Peever, Wilmot and Corona, SD.

South Dakota Rail Project Receives Governor’s Support

South Dakota’s Senate Transportation Committee on Feb. 8 unanimously voted to endorse legislation that would provide $6.25 million to the Sisseton Millbank Railroad Company (SMRC) from the state government’s general fund to rebuild a railroad in northeastern South Dakota, according to a report.

Report: Michigan Seeks Grant for Repair Costs on Four Rail Bridges

Michigan will seek up to $25 million from a $2.3 billion federal fund to help cover costs for repair work on four rail bridges located between Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo that serve Amtrak passenger trains, according to a Detroit News report.

Amtrak Takes First Step to Re-Equip Long-Distance Network

Amtrak has announced that 10 manufacturers have submitted their ideas on replacement railcars for such overnight routes as Auto Train, California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Crescent, Empire Builder and Southwest Chief, marking the “first formal step to completely reequip the Amtrak Long-Distance Network that provides vital service on 14 overnight routes from coast to coast,” the railroad reported Jan. 19.

" We recognize the significance and urgency within this opportunity to reimagine one of the nation’s busiest travel corridors," said Adam Shaw, Anser Advisory Chief Delivery Officer and Principal P3 Advisor. (Photo: Business Wire)

LA Metro Selects Anser Advisory to Oversee STC Development

LA Metro, in its Oct. 27, 2022, Board of Directors meeting, “unanimously approved” the selection of Anser Advisory to provide program management and pre-development agreement oversight services for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor (STC) project, the nation’s “largest alternative delivery transit project.”

Big ship berth terminal in the works. (Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Ports Authority)

GPA Handles Nearly 6 Million TEUs in 2022

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) announced Jan. 17 that it handled a record 5.9 million TEUs in Calendar Year (CY) 2022, an increase of 5% over 2021.

SacRT to Temporarily Close 59th Street Station for Low-Floor Station Modification

The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) will be closing 59th Street Station Saturday, Feb. 4 and Sunday, Feb. 5 due to construction efforts for the low-floor station modification of the station, part of the agency’s Light Rail Modernization Project.

Jim Blaze photo

Amtrak Petitions FRA to Retire Maryland Fixed Wayside Signals

Amtrak is seeking Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) approval to retire fixed wayside signals as automatic block points on the Mid-Atlantic Division’s Philadelphia-to-Washington, line (a Northeast Corridor branch), according to a notice in the Federal Register’s Jan. 17 edition.

VP of Burns' Railroad and Transit Practice Tony Koltuv

Burns Names Koltuv VP of Railroad and Transit Services

Burns announced Jan. 3 that Tony Koltuv, PMP, has been named Vice President of the company’s Railroad and Transit Practice.

The Reimann Industrial Center was named BNSF’s first Certified Site in the State of Washington.

$3.6MM for Port of Pasco’s Reimann Last Mile Rail Project

The Port of Pasco announced Jan. 4 that Washington’s Congressional delegation has delivered $3.6 million in federal funding for the Port’s Reimann Industrial Center Last Mile Rail project in Pasco, Wash.

Brightline to Resume High-Speed Testing Through Martin, St. Lucie Counties

Brightline recently announced that 110 mph train testing through Martin and St. Lucie counties will resume Friday, Jan. 6.

Port of Long Beach Channel Deepening Project Receives Federal Authorization

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) announced Dec. 28 that its Channel Deepening Project is one of five navigation projects nationwide to receive federal authorization under the 2022 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that President Joe Biden signed into law on Dec. 23.

Courtesy of RIDOT

RIDOT Sets Opening Date for MBTA Pawtucket Station

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) recently announced that the Pawtucket-Central Falls train station, which will connect the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) Commuter Rail service with the R.I. Public Transit Authority’s bus service at Pine Street in Pawtucket, could open on Jan. 23, according to a 12 News report.

CTA’s Garfield Green Line Station Wins BLT Built Design Award

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) on Dec. 28 announced that the Garfield Green Line Station, designed by EXP and built by Walsh Construction, won the international BLT Built Design Award in the “Bridges and Public Architecture” category.

PUCO Approves Rail Crossing Upgrades in Five Counties

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) on Dec. 14 approved safety upgrades at rail crossings in Allen, Crawford, Defiance, Fayette and Logan counties.

Photo features Adams Avenue Grade Separation structure in Fresno County. (Courtesy of CHSRA)

CHSRA Opens Three New Structures

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), in collaboration with Dragados-Flatiron Joint Venture, recently announced the completion of three new high-speed rail structures in Fresno and Kings Counties.