Ohio Rail Development Commission Awards Grants to OHCR, Metalico, Inc.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Rail Development Commission approved grants for both the Ohio Central Railroad and for Metalico, Inc. for rail maintenance and improvements.

‘Women in Rail’ Event Set for Nov. 2

CHICAGO – The industry conversation continues with Railway Age / RT&S Women in Rail 2023—our first in-person Women in Rail conference covering the freight, passenger and transit rail sectors.  The Nov. 2 conference, presented live at

Rowland Heights’ Roadway Underpass Completed

LOS ANGELES – The Fairway Drive Grade Separation finishes construction of a roadway underpass in Rowland Heights after eight years.

ICC Approves New Highway-Rail Safety Project in Marissa

MARISSA, Ill. – The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) on July 13 approved a project to improve highway-rail safety near a railroad crossing in St. Clair County.

KDOT Accepting Calls for Projects by Sept. 1st

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Department of Transportation’s call for projects for its Rail Service Improvement Program ends September 1st.

Minnesota Infrastructure Projects Receive $400 Million in Grants 

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Part of the $400 million in state grants given to Minnesota will be used for grade separation projects.

Commentary: State and Federal Government: Get Your Act Together on Short Lines 

RT&S JULY 2023 ISSUE – The short line industry is being battered about these days by proposed federal legislation that is slow to move and overly aggressive state legislation that borders on being laughable.

Michigan Rail Package Signed Into Law

LANSING, Mich. – A rail grade separation bill package was signed into law that would allow for the creation of a grant program for crossing projects.

Missouri State Budget Includes $83.5 Million in Rail Safety Improvements

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s state budget allocates over $80 million to improve safety at its rail crossings after an Amtrak passenger train collided with a dump truck one year ago.

ICC Approves Ten Projects Across the State

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Commerce Commission approved ten projects across the state to help with safety upgrades, crossing improvements, and rail safety improvements.

SacRT Receives $35 Million for Improving Light Rail System

SACRAMENTO – The California Transportation Commission awarded Sacramento Regional Transit District $35 million for improvements to its light rail system.

Canadian Government Announces Project to Install Retaining Wall in Port-Daniel-Gascons

PORT-DANIEL-GASCONS, Quebec – The government of Canada announces its commitment to rail safety and a project to install a retaining wall in Port-Daniel-Gascons in Quebec.

American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association

ASLRRA Responds to FRA on Disposal of CTRTs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association responded to the FRA in a docket over the disposal of creosote-treated railroad ties and its efforts to keep them out of landfills.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg

USDOT: Applications Welcome for $5.575B in Infrastructure Project Funding

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is now accepting infrastructure project applications for up to $5.575 billion in funding from three major discretionary grant programs. Applications are being solicited together under a single Notice

ICC Approves Two Public Safety Projects for Highway-Rail Crossings

SPRINGFIELD, Il. – The ICC approves two public safety projects for highway-rail crossings in both Stephenson and Randolph Counties.

Rep. Derrick Van Orden (R-Wis.)

Van Orden Debuts Rail Inspector Safety Act

WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) would be able to add more investigators to its team under the Rail Inspector Safety Act, which Rep. Derrick Van Orden (R-Wis.) introduced June 13 and

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.

FEMA to Provide Funds to BART for Slope Stabilization and Erosion Control

SAN FRANCISCO – The Bay Area Rapid Transit District, or BART, will receive funds from FEMA via the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for slope stabilization and erosion control.

Stewart Southern Railway will receive $28,297 under the government of Saskatchewan’s 2023-24 Short Line Railway Improvement Program. (Government of Saskatchewan Photograph)

Saskatchewan Funding 13 Small-Road Infrastructure Projects

The government of Saskatchewan is awarding $530,000 in grants to 13 provincially regulated short lines for track upgrade and expansion, highway/rail grade crossing surface and sightline improvement, bridge maintenance, and other projects.

MDOT Announces Sumner Tunnel Closure in Boston

Boston – A MDOT press release details infrastructure improvements and travel impact this summer during scheduled Sumner Tunnel closure.