Secretary Buttigieg Visits Grand Forks as the City Receives $30M for Rail Crossing Project

GRAND FORKS, North Dak. – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visits Grand Forks as DOT awards grant for rail crossing project.

Undercutting Leaves Roadbed in Excellent Shape

Undercutting is a process that removes ballast from beneath an in-situ railroad track. Undercutters can typically extract between six and twenty-four inches of material in a pass. 

Metro summer construction continues June 3, with four Orange Line station closures in Virginia

WASHINGTON –Beginning Saturday, June 3, Metro will begin rail replacement work on the Orange Line in Virginia.

FTA Requires New Work Plan from MBTA in Letter

WASHINGTON –The Federal Transit Administration requires the MBTA to submit a new safety work plan that addresses their concerns more quickly than MBTA’s original deadline.

MTA Uses Laser-Equipped Trains to Clean Railway Tracks of Leaves

In an MTA Press Release, it has announced a contract with Laser Precision Solutions for the use of laser-equipped trains to reduce fallen leaves on railway tracks.

MTA’s Re-NEW-Vation at Far Rockaway-Mott AV A Subway Station Complete

MTA announced the completion of renovations at the Far Rockaway-Mott AV subway station in Queens.

‘The Rail Corridor Has Never Been In More Jeopardy’

RT&S has filed several reports over the past year about the very challenging situation with erosion, rock and mud slides on the southern California coastal rail corridor. Railroads, state and local agencies and others have been dealing with this for months, and it seems when remedial action is completed in one area, another area of trouble crops up.

MBTA Lines Plagued with Track Defects

BOSTON – MBTA has its work cut out for it.

The Expo Line was the first of three SkyTrain lines to launch. On Dec. 11, 1985, it offered eight days of free service as a showcase of Expo ’86, prior to officially starting revenue service in January 1986. Its running rails and rail pads are now being replaced. (SkyTrain/TransLink Photograph)

For Metro Vancouver’s SkyTrain, C$35MM for Running Rail Replacement

The government of Canada and TransLink are each contributing C$17.498 million to replace approximately 12.6 miles (20.2 kilometers) of running rail and some 24,000 rail pads for SkyTrain’s Expo Line in metro Vancouver.

Conrail is receiving a $5 million grant from the NJDOT for its Garden State Secondary Fluidity Improvements-Phase 1 project. (Conrail Photograph)

MnDOT, NJDOT Award $35MM in Freight Rail Improvement Grants

The departments of transportation in Minnesota (MnDOT) and New Jersey (NJDOT) are investing $6.95 million and $27.8 million, respectively, in projects that will improve freight rail infrastructure.

Racine Railroad Products Announces Dominic DaPra Will Assume Leadership Role

Mt. Pleasant, Wis.–Racine Railroad Products President Steve Birkholz retired March 7, 2023 following more than 29 years of service to the company, serving as the President for more than 28 years. Dominic DaPra, previously Vice President at Generac Power Systems, succeed Birkholz as President. DaPra started with Racine Railroad on Dec. 5, 2022, to allow for an extended transition period.

CTDOT Preps for Track Improvements on Metro-North New Canaan Branch Line

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced that the agency expects track improvements to be completed on the New Canaan Branch Line this summer, informing passengers that all train service will be replaced by substitute bus service.

Pennsylvania’s Joint Rail Authority to Invest $8.9M in Rail Projects

Central Pennsylvania’s SEDA-Council of Governments Joint Rail Authority recently announced it will invest $8.9 million this year to update more than 200 miles of track and infrastructure.

OCTA to Study Railroad Relocation to Protect San Clemente Tracks

While the Orange County Transportation Authority’s emergency work to stabilize railroad tracks in San Clemente nears completion, the agency and its partners say they are continuing work on long-term solutions to protect the coastal rail line.

Metra to Begin Rehabilitation Project for Homewood Station

Metra will begin rehabilitation work on its Homewood Station on March 13, closing access to the tunnel on the east side.

WMATA Plans Three Weeks of Track Maintenance Work

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has announced that it will perform critical track maintenance work during the late-night and overnight hours weeknights, beginning Feb. 27 – March 2, March 6 – 9, and March 13-16.

Metrolinx Tackles Union Station Enhancement Project at Toronto Transit Hub

As part of the Metrolinx GO Expansion, the agency has announced it is finishing work at Union Station to bring two-way, all-day rail service every 15 minutes or less along core sections of the GO network.

Metrolinx Humber College Station Reaches Structural Completion

Metrolinx has announced the structural completion of its Finch West LRT’s Humber College Station. To reach this milestone, the agency said crews excavated to depths of up to roughly 39 feet, poured 706,293 cubic feet of concrete, installed 1.4 million pounds of steel and completed masonry work to create the framework for the Finch West LRT’s western terminus.

HART Expects Rail Project Launch By July 2023

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has announced that while a grand opening date for the first segment of its rail project remains to be determined, the authority anticipates service will launch within six months.

Siemens Mobility Lands Metrolinx M/W Contract

Metrolinx has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract for track, signal and right-of-way maintenance services for the agency’s GO Transit regional/commutert rail infrastructure system in Toronto’s West Region. Currently, Siemens Mobility provides various