Norfolk Southern VP of Engineering, Ed Boyle, Kicks Off AREMA Ballast Seminar

KANSAS CITY, Mo.– Ed Boyle, VP of Engineering at Norfolk Southern, opened the AREMA Railway Roadbed & Ballast Symposium this morning with an address that focused on the accomplishments of the NS engineering team in 2022.

AREMA Railway Roadbed & Ballast Symposium Begins Today

The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association is holding a symposium in Kansas City today through Wed., Feb. 8, on best practices for roadbed and ballast installation and maintenance.

Sacramento Regional Transit District Preps for New Low-Floor Trains

The Sacramento Regional Transit District is starting work on station upgrades to meet the needs of its modern new low-floor light rail trains.

HART to Take On Rail Repairs in Coming Weeks

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Executive Director and CEO Lori Kahikina told the board of directors on Jan. 20 that the delay in trial runs of the Hitachi Rail trains will end only when a “communications software issue” is resolved.

WMATA Plans Summer 2023 Reliability Upgrades, Service Outages

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced on Jan. 24 that the focus of project work this summer will be system maintenance and modernization.

MARTA to Suspend Service for Track Replacement Work 

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority will be suspending rail service south of the Atlanta-area agency’s Medical Center Station in order to carry out track replacement work from Feb. 17 at 9 p.m. through the end of service Feb. 22.

Map of Heart of Georgia (HOG) Railroad, a Genesee & Wyoming subsidiary

GDOT Completes Upgrade Project for HOG

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) in January wrapped up its first Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program grant project, which included upgrades along 138 miles of the 219-mile Heart of Georgia (HOG) Railroad.

CTA Approves $105M Track Reconstruction Project on Blue Line’s Forest Park Branch 

The Chicago Transit Board approved a contract on Dec. 14 for the first phase of track reconstruction work on the entire Forest Park Branch of the Blue Line.

Sumitomo Forestry America is bringing an investment of $19.5 million and 129 new jobs to Randolph County, N.C., though a planned wood-products manufacturing facility, to be served by Norfolk Southern.

NCRR Investing in New Rail-Served Site

North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR) is investing approximately $200,000 in a new rail-served site, where a wood-products manufacturing facility will be built.

Aberdeen Carolina and Western Railway is one of 12 North Carolina short lines to receive grant funding under the state’s Freight Rail and Rail Crossing Safety Improvement Program. (Aberdeen Carolina and Western Railway Photograph)

NCDOT Awards $12MM for Small-Road Infrastructure Improvements

Twelve short lines will share approximately $12 million in infrastructure-improvement grant funding from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

Long Island Railroad Finishes Great Neck Pocket Track Extension

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Long Island Railroad, part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), has announced that work crews have completed an extension of track east of Great Neck that will ensure greater service reliability on the Port Washington Branch with the projected service increase associated with the opening of MTA’s new Grand Central Madison station.

Amtrak stepping up efforts for B&P Tunnel Replacement

WASHINGTON – Amtrak is pursuing a Delivery Partner model as part of its plans to replace the B&P Tunnel.

Pennsylvania North Shore Railroad Now Serving New Propane Terminal

The Pennsylvania North Shore Railroad is now serving a new 240,000-gallon propane terminal in Northumberland, Pa., which opened on Nov. 22.

Michael Baker International Chosen by CSX to Help Run Virginia Rail Initiative

Michael Baker International, a global leader in engineering, planning and consulting services, announced that the firm has been selected by CSX Transportation (CSXT) to lead program and construction management for significant rail enhancement projects as part the Transforming Rail in Virginia (TRV) initiative.

OCTA Performing Emergency Stabilization Work

RT&S has reported extensively on the bluff failures at Del Mar and San Clemente during the past year. Now, the Orange County Transportation Authority and its contractor have begun construction activities to stabilize the railroad track through southern San Clemente, work that is expected to be completed in February.

Silver Line Extension Gets Green Light from WMSC

The Washington Metro Safety Commission concurs – Silver Line Extension ready.

Union Pacific Completes New Mexico Siding Project

At RT&S, we like to highlight construction projects and milestones whenever possible. Union Pacific recently announced the completion of a siding extension in New Mexico.

Florida Department of Transportation Will Contribute Funding to Commuter Rail Line

The Florida DOT announced it will help fund a new commuter line between Fort Lauderdale and Aventura.

STV/AECOM JV Starts GCL Design Work

South Jersey Transit Partners (SJTP) a joint venture of AECOM and STV Inc., has started work with the Glassboro-Camden Light (GCL) project team to design an 18-mile DLRT (diesel light rail transit) project that will restore passenger rail service between Glassboro and Camden, N.J. that has been absent since the 1950s.


Watco Helps Small Town Land a New Manufacturer

Short line operator Watco recently announced that it facilitated a plant location in Neodesha, Kan., which is in the southwest part of the state.