UP Petitions FRA for Waiver of Compliance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a petition for waiver of compliance.

Twin Cities & Western Railroad, Railway Age’s 2008 Short Line of the Year, is receiving a $328,424 grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation to extend the stub track over a recently acquired parcel and to create a full siding with connections to its main line, enabling greater access and track capacity to support a large transload operation.

MnDOT Awards $9.6MM to 11 Rail Improvement Projects

ST. PAUL, Minn.: The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is distributing a total of $9.6 million in grants to 11 freight railroad improvement projects that it said will support economic development in different regions of the state.

National Industrial Transportation League Sees STB Reciprocal Switching Rule As ‘Missed Opportunity’

WASHINGTON –– The National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) is not pleased with the new reciprocal switching rule enacted by the STB.

Metra UP North Line Weekday Service To Expand May 20 As New Peterson/Ridge Station Opens

CHICAGO ––Metra’s newest station at Peterson/Ridge in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood is set to open to the public on Monday, May 20. On the same day, Metra will add four trains to weekday service on the UP North Line. The new schedule will accommodate the station stop and increase options for riders across the line.

AmeriStar Rail and Others Send Letters to Amtrak and MDE to Halt Historic Bridge Pier Demolition

PERRYVILLE, Md. – AmeriStar Rail, the town of Perryville, and the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association are trying to stop Amtrak’s demolition project along the Susquehanna River.

NTSB Investigating UP Track Maintenance Manager Fatality in Arkansas 

MCNEIL, Ark. – The NTSB is investigating a Union Pacific Railroad employee fatality that occurred in April in McNeil, Arkansas.

29th Annual AAR Research Review Round-Up

PUEBLO, Colo. – As one of the sponsors for the 29th Annual AAR Research Review hosted by MxV Rail, RT&S headed to Pueblo.

Wabtec Achieves Cybersecurity Certification

Wabtec Corporation (Wabtec) on May 6 announced that it has achieved the IEC 62443-4-1 certification, “a benchmark for cybersecurity development lifecycle processes used on industrial automation and control systems (IACS) products.”

WATCH: Amtrak’s Laura Mason Tours Harrisburg Track Renewal Project

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – Laura Mason, Amtrak Executive and Railway Age 2024 Influential Leader, tours the Harrisburg Track Renewal Project in Pennsylvania.

Sand Nourishment, Rock Revetment Among Coastal Rail Resiliency Solutions

ORANGE COUNTY – For coastal rail resiliency, OCTA looks to sand nourishment, rock revetment, and a wall as potential solutions.

Met Council to Release Anti-Displacement Plan for Blue Line Extension

MINNEAPOLIS – The Metropolitan Council announces it is collaborating to develop a draft Anti-Displacement Coordinated Action Plan.

Construction Begins on Lower Don Bridge on Ontario Line

TORONTO – Major construction has begun on the new Lower Don Bridge for Ontario Line subway.

Now On Line: Railway Track and Structures May 2024 Digital Edition

ATLANTA –– The May 2024 Digital Edition of Railway Track and Structures is now on line. Our cover story this month focuses on the root causes and mitigation of rolling contact fatigue.

CTA and Site Design Group Will Present Preliminary Designs for Area Below Red and Purple Line Tracks

CHICAGO – The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will announce concepts for area under new Red Line tracks in Edgewater during public meetings.

Transit Integrators BC Selected for Surrey Langley SkyTrain Project

SURREY, British Columbia – The Surrey Langley SkyTrain project is moving forward with the selection of a team that will design and build the systems and trackwork.

MBTA’s Blue Line Restriction-Free After ‘Critical’ Track Work

BOSTON – The MBTA has removed 19 speed restrictions after critical track work on its Blue Line.

STB Finalizes Reciprocal Switching Rule

WASHINGTON –– The Surface Transportation Board (STB) on April 30 reported adopting Reciprocal Switching for Inadequate Service, STB Docket No. EP 711 (Sub-No. 2), by unanimous vote, implementing new regulations at 49 CFR part 1145, which it said “sets forth a path for shippers and receivers to petition the Board for the prescription of a reciprocal switching agreement.” The final rule “is designed to promote adequate rail service,” according to the STB. Board Member Robert Primus concurred with a separate expression, noting “I am voting for the final rule because something is better than nothing.” Frank N. Wilner, Railway Age Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, weighs in and provides a reciprocal switching “primer.”

Sound Transit Receives Sustainable Infrastructure Award From ISI

SEATTLE – The Federal Way Link Extension was awarded with an Envision Platinum Award from The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).

FRA and AAR Report: Design and Testing of EPC Ties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Railroad Administration and the Association of American Railroads collaborated to investigate the design and testing of engineered-polymer (EPC) ties.

Amtrak

Amtrak Details Great Lakes Stations Improvement Program in FY 2025 Grant Request

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In Amtrak’s General and Legislative Annual Report & Fiscal Year 2025 Grant Request, it details a Great Lakes Stations Improvement program.

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