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.

Jennifer McLawhorn joins Railway Track & Structures as Managing Editor

We are pleased to announce that Railway Track & Structures has a new Managing Editor, Jennifer McLawhorn.

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit is gearing up for a June 30 launch of the first 10.8-mile segment of its nearly 20-mile light metro line. (HART Photograph)

HART Gears Up for Service Launch

The launch date has been set for the first segment of Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit’s (HART) long-awaited light metro service.

(Screen-Capture from CHSRA Video)

Watch: CHSRA Spring 2023 Construction Update

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) on May 11 issued a video update (below) on spring 2023 construction. It highlights the high-speed rail project’s progress, including completion of several structures throughout the

FRA Safety Bulletin Aims to Increase Awareness of Hand-Operated Main Track Switches

Following a train collision that occurred on April 16 involving a misaligned switch, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has released a Safety Bulletin to remind railroads about ways to “ensure safe operation of hand-operated main track switches.”

(British Columbia Government Photograph)

Consortia Shortlisted for Surrey Langley SkyTrain Systems Contract

Three consortium have been shortlisted for the $2.91 billion project.

May Railway Track & Structures Digital Edition Now Online

The May issue of Railway Track & Structures is now on line. This issue features articles about bridges, cybersecurity for transit, track undercutting and human factors in rail inspection.

MTA photo

NYMTA Completes Renovation of Sutphin Blvd-Archer Ave JFK Airport Station

The New York MTA on May 8 announced that crews have completed renovation of the J/Z line section of the Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av JFK Airport subway station in Jamaica, Queens, as part of NYCT’s Re-NEW-vation campaign to bring targeted resources to rebuild components of the station within a 55-hour window.

The current PATH powerhouse in Jersey City, built in 1908. (Photograph and Caption Courtesy of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)

PATH Powers a Resilient Future

The empty triangular lot tucked into a busy section of downtown Jersey City is undergoing the first stages of redevelopment. At the moment, it isn’t much to look at. But for PATH, it’s a powerhouse of a project.

NYMTA Transit Tech Lab Releases Results of Operational Efficiency, Human Capital Utilization Challenges

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Partnership for NYC Transit Tech Lab on May 9 reported the results of its Operational Efficiency and Human Capital Utilization challenges, in which 15 companies have been selected to collaborate with regional transit agencies and test technologies, such as AI (artificial intelligence), LiDAR and edge computing, to “mitigate service disruptions, automate operations and combat workforce shortages.”

Caltrain Awards CM/GC Contract for Mountain View Project

Caltrain on May 4 announced that its Board of Directors voted to award a Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) contract for the Mountain View Transit Center Grade Separation and Access Project to Stacy & Witbeck, Inc.

HDR Tapped to Complete Design of Omaha’s Modern Streetcar System

HDR announced May 8 that it has been selected by the Omaha Streetcar Authority to deliver the final design for the city’s 3.2-mile streetcar project, connecting downtown Omaha to the University of Nebraska Medical

Unit crude from North Dakota to the Pacific Northwest crosses Lake Pend Oreille outside Sandpoint, Idaho, on April 29, 2023, using BNSF’s new bridge that entered service in November 2022. Workers on the older, adjacent bridge are placing concrete caps on new piers as part of a major renovation of the 119-year-old structure. (Photograph and Caption, Bruce E. Kelly)

BNSF Rebuilds One Bridge, Begins Another in the Northwest

Progress is well under way on structural upgrades to BNSF’s 119-year-old Bridge 3.9A over Lake Pend Oreille outside Sandpoint, Idaho. The completion in November 2022 of the adjacent 4,873-foot long Bridge 3.9B allowed BNSF to

GDC Notes Progress on Hudson Tunnel Project

The Gateway Development Commission (GDC) on May 5 reported “significant progress and early work beginning in 2023” on the Hudson Tunnel Project, the largest component of the Gateway Program. The GDC Board

Loram Technologies, Inc., hosted U.S. Rep. John Carter (R-Tex.; pictured) at a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Global Rail Campus in Georgetown, Tex.

Loram Technologies to Launch Global Rail Campus

Loram Technologies, Inc. on May 3 held a groundbreaking ceremony in Georgetown, Tex., for its new Global Rail Campus, which will comprise a corporate office and facility for the production and manufacture of maintenance-of-way equipment and inspection technologies.

Frederick Douglass Tunnel with Electrified Trains (Amtrak image)

Take a Look: Amtrak’s B&P Tunnel Replacement Program

Amtrak, which has begun early construction activities as part of its $6 billion B&P Tunnel Replacement Program, on May 5 released a series of project renderings. The first project kicked off in

Team members of R. J. Corman Railroad Services Emergency. From left to right, Rob Ralcewicz, Austin Singer, Greg Feasel, Rodney Clayton, Austin Clayton, Mike Hahn, David Fields, Mike Buchanan, Colin Hill, and Tim Koon.

R.J. Corman Opens New Emergency Division in Maine

R.J. Corman Railroad Services, LLC, a subsidiary of R.J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC, has announced the establishment of a new Emergency Response Division in Waterville, Maine, which as of May 1, will provide support to customers in the Northeast region of the U.S., including Maine and surrounding states, the company reported on May 4.

Dover Avenue Grade Separation in Kings County. (CHSRA Photograph)

CHSRA Wraps Up Two Grade Separation Projects

The Dover Avenue and Idaho Avenue grade separations in Kings County have been completed for the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), whose 119-mile Central Valley segment is under construction.

The new canopy at Eglinton GO was installed overnight to reduce customer impacts. (Metrolinx photo)

Second New Canopy Goes Up Over Metrolinx’s Eglinton GO Station

Innovative new technique got the customer shelter in place quickly.

The MERMEC-built rail inspection vehicle uses lasers, sensors, cameras, measuring systems, and data management systems to create a comprehensive profile of the track, all while traveling at speeds of up to 70 mph, according to BART. (BART Photograph)

First Look: BART’s MERMEC Geometry Car in Action

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District on May 3 unveiled its newly acquired rail inspection vehicle from MERMEC that will measure track position, curvature, smoothness, and alignment, as well as wear and corrugation, which contribute to train noise.