PTC grants for RailRunner

FRA gives $46 million in PTC grants in 10 states

Eleven projects to implement positive train control (PTC) systems will split more than $46 million in grants from the Federal Railroad Administration. The winning PTC projects include a wide variety of rail

Buffalo train station

Hohl Industrial, Scrufari Construction win $27.7 million contract for new Buffalo station

Hohl Industrial Services Inc. and Scrufari Construction Co. won a $27.7 million design-and-build contract for an intermodal passenger transportation hub planned for downtown Buffalo.

Brightline gains state approval of high-speed service plans

Brightline, Florida’s intercity higher-speed rail system, received approval from the state Nov. 28 to negotiate for land to add high-speed passenger rail service from Orlando to Tampa.

Final four vie for Philly Amtrak station project

Amtrak has narrowed to four teams in its search for a master developer for its Northeast Corridor station project in Philadelphia.

FRA finalizes HSR rulemaking

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on Nov. 21 issued a final rule establishing what it’s calling “modern, performance-based safety standards for railroad passenger equipment.”

FRA issues notice of $272M for state-of-good-repair project funding

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Nov. 15 for the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program (Partnership Program).

Transit veteran jumps to Hyperloop

Jay Walder, who spent several years at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in executive-level positions, has accepted the CEO post at Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO), one of several companies competing

Amtrak OIG says railroad can cut up to $6.4M in costs

Amtrak’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit, released Nov. 9, states that the passenger railroad service is capable of reducing the cost of service and inspection activities by adjusting workloads and staffing

Brightline submits sole Tampa-Orlando HSR proposal

Only one company submitted a proposal to develop a passenger rail line connecting Tampa and Orlando – but that company is well-known in Florida transportation circles.

Abrams to lead S. Florida RTA

Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven L. Abrams was selected Executive Director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA).