Hudson Tunnel Project To Receive $6.88 Billion Federal Grant

NEWARK, N.J. and NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Gateway Development Commission (GDC) announced last week that the Hudson Tunnel Project has entered the Engineering Phase of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program and that the FTA had updated the project to receive an up to a $6.88 Billion CIG Program grant.

Amtrak Service Between Philadelphia and New York Delayed Due To Overhead Power Issue

WASHINGTON – Amtrak service on the Northeast Corridor was delayed this morning due to an issue with overhead power.

New Jersey Receives Three Federal Grants Associated With Gateway Tunnel Project

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded grants to the state of New Jersey to assist with projects associated with work on the New Jersey side of the Gateway Tunnel Project.

Penn Station vs. Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK – It is generally agreed that one of the major indignities hurled at railroad history and American architectural history is the destruction of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Pennsylvania Station in 1963.

Digital Edition of July RT&S Now Online

ATLANTA – The digital edition of the July issue of Railway Track & Structures is now online.

Tracks May be Lowered in Carlsbad

CARLSBAD, Calif. – The Carlsbad City Council is going to contribute $5.2 million toward a project to trench and double-track the railroad through Carlsbad Village.

NTSB Issues Final Report on CTA Employee Fatality

CHICAGO – The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its Final Report on a Chicago Transit Authority employee fatality.

Metra Said Tie Work Will Delay Midday Trains

CHICAGO – Metra announced this week that Union Pacific tie work will delay some trains by 30 minutes.

Ontario Taking Next Steps to Extend GO Service to Bowmanville

WHITBY – The Ontario government has awarded a contract to advance planning to extend GO train service to Bowmanville, marking another milestone in the province’s plan to deliver more transit options, connect communities and save families time and money in Durham Region and across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

Will Short Lines Continue to Swing In The Wind? RT&S Commentary

WASHINGTON – A little over a week ago, RT&S reported that Representative Byron Donalds (R-FL) reintroduced H.R. 3782 – The Short Line Railroad Relief Act with several of his colleagues. This legislation authorizes the establishment of a disaster relief program to provide much-needed immediate financial assistance to our nation’s short line railroads.

Nature’s Fury – Extreme Weather Can Ruin a Railroader’s Day

ATLANTA – A major challenge for the railroad industry is that it operates outside. Railroads build, own, and maintain their infrastructure, and when bad weather hits, it’s up to them to plan for and deal with it with their personnel and money.

South Carolina Lawmakers Fund Rail Line to Volvo Plant

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. – After years of delays, the South Carolina legislature has approved funding for a Palmetto Railways extension to a Volvo plant in Ridgeville.

OCTA Board Declares Rail Emergency to Take Necessary Actions to Protect and Reopen Track through San Clemente

ORANGE, Calif. – The geologic problems along the rail line at San Clemente seem to be getting worse. OCTA has now declared a Rail Emergency.

Rail Projects Are Rolling Down the Line

WASHINGTON – America is preparing to work on the railroad.

Donalds Reintroduces Legislation To Secure Disaster Relief For Short Line Railroads As Hurricane Season 2023 Begins

WASHINGTON – [Last week] Representative Byron Donalds (R-FL) reintroduced H.R. 3782 – The Short Line Railroad Relief Act alongside Representatives Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Randy Feenstra (R-IA), Mike Bost (R-IL), Mary Miller (R-IL), Jake LaTurner (R-KS), Tracey Mann (R-KS),

State rail safety regulation bill vetoed by Nevada governor

CARSON CITY, Nev. – We reported earlier today that the Pennsylvania House passed a rail safety regulation bill that is now being considered by the state Senate. Across the country in Nevada, Gov. Joe Lombardo vetoed a similar bill that arrived on his desk for signature.

Pennsylvania House Passes Rail Safety Regulation Bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a new rail safety regulation bill on Monday, the rationale for which appears to be Norfolk Southern’s derailment in East Palestine, Ohio in February.

CTA’s Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project to Begin Final Major Phase

CHICAGO – CTA will begin building four new, fully accessible stations at Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr that replace century-old stations; CTA to also begin rebuilding southbound Red, Purple tracks.

NTSB Preliminary Report – Norfolk Southern Derailment in May 2023

WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board yesterday released its preliminary report on a Norfolk Southern train derailment that occurred in New Castle, Pa. on May 10, 2023. [1]

Brooklyn’s Livonia Avenue Station ADA Modernization Wins Construction Project of the Year

BROOKLYN – A major subway accessibility improvement project at the Livonia Avenue Station on the Canarsie Line in Brooklyn, NY has been named 2022 Project of the Year in the $10 – $60 million category by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Metro New York/New Jersey Chapter.