Women In Construction Week: Local 17 Journeyperson Details Her Sheet Metal Journey

Adrian Mobley of Boston, a local 17 sheet metal worker, took her time joining the trade. She attended college on a full soccer scholarship and worked as a nursing assistant for nine years before enrolling in the Building Pathways pre-apprenticeship program.

CHSRA Provides 2023 Project Update Report, Cost Estimates Balloon

The California High-Speed Rail Authority recently released its 2023 Project Update Report in order to fulfill its biennial requirement to update the California Legislature on the development and implementation of intercity high-speed rail service.

Amtrak to Provide Funds, Track Outages for NY Penn Station Access Infrastructure Project

Amtrak is collaborating with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to support the Penn Station Access Project on the Hell Gate Line, creating four new Metro-North stations in the Bronx and allowing Metro-North trains to travel to New York Penn Station.

Oregon Lawmakers Propose Bill to Require Cascade to Extend to Eugene

The proposed bullet train from Portland to Seattle to Vancouver would need to include service all the way to Eugene, according to a bill that was submitted in the Oregon Legislature.

Kansas Gov. Kelly Allocates Nearly $5M for Shortline Projects

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced on Feb. 28 that the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Short Line Rail Improvement Fund program will award nearly $5 million to nine shortline rail maintenance and rehabilitation projects.

WMATA Considers Open Gangway Design for 8000-Series Rail Cars

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is considering changes to the design of its next generation of rail cars—the 8000 series—stating that the changes would increase capacity while allowing passengers to move between cars and avoid crowding.

SFMTA Motorization Allows for Critical Maintenance Work

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Maintenance of Way teams have successfully completed critical work during a N Judah motorization that took place on Feb. 18 and 19.

Metra Board Awards $3.9M Monitoring Contract to ClearBlade

Chicago Metra’s board approved a $3.9 Million contract with ClearBlade, an IoT Platform and Edge AI company, to provide grade crossing and equipment monitoring services at hundreds of locations throughout the transit network.

North Carolina’s Selma Railroad Crossing Could Permanently Close

The N.C. Department of Transportation is seeking public input on a proposal to permanently close East Preston Street to vehicular traffic at its railroad crossing in Selma.

SEPTA Awards $124.9M Contract for King of Prussia Rail Final Design

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority on Feb. 23 awarded HNTB Corporation a consultant contract for the final design phase of the King of Prussia Rail Project.

MTA to Complete Accessibility Upgrades at Stations Throughout All Five Boroughs

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced on Feb. 23 the 17 stations set to receive upgrades through contract awards in 2023 that will make the system 95% accessible.

Ontario Government Allocates $379M for Local Transportation Upgrades

The Ontario government has announced more than $379.5 million to assist 107 municipalities in operating and improving local transportation. The funding comes from a gas tax program and can be used to extend service hours, purchase transit vehicles, add routes, improve accessibility, or upgrade infrastructure.

HART Preps for City Center Guideway, Stations Design-Build Contract Procurement

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation is inviting members of the construction industry to a Feb. 28 information session at its offices regarding the City Center Guideway & Stations Design-Build Contract from east of Middle Street – Kalihi Transit Center Station to the Civic Center Station.

California High-Speed Rail Celebrates Addition of 10,000 Construction Jobs

The California High-Speed Rail Authority on Feb. 14 announced the creation of more than 10,000 construction jobs since the start of its high-speed rail construction.

MTA to Begin Accessibility Work at 14th Street Passageway 

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced on Feb. 14 that work will soon begin to make the existing pedestrian walkway between Sixth and Seventh Avenues at 14th Street accessible.

RSI, REMSA, RTA Study: “Power of the Rail Supply Industry”

The Railway Supply Institute (RSI), Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) and Railway Tie Association (RTA) have issued Rail Supply Industry: Manufacturing and Services Keeping the American Economy on Track, their latest major economic impact study, which “quantifies the economic

AREMA Announces Watford Fellowship’s April Deadline

The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association’s Educational Foundation, in coordination with the US Committee to the Watford Group of International Railway Designers, is seeking applications for the Watford Fellowship.

Brightline Launches New Rail Safety PSA

Brightline launched a new rail safety campaign Feb. 6, as the agency works to further educate community members on the importance of safety near the tracks.

CTA Awards $75M Contract for Racine Blue Line Station Accessibility Improvements

The Chicago Transit Authority’s Racine Blue Line station will soon undergo a significant restoration that will include the installation of an elevator and other accessibility-related upgrades, making it the latest project to receive upgrades under the CTA’s All Stations Accessibility Program.

MBTA Reopens Alewife Station Garage, Repairs Continue After Car Accident

The parking garage at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Alewife Station has now partially reopened after a vehicle crashed into it earlier in the week, the MBTA announced on Feb. 7.