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NJ Transit rolls out interactive touchscreens at rail stations

Rail News Home Passenger Rail 5/25/2018 Rail News: Passenger Rail
image NJ Transit Executive Director Kevin Corbett (at left) demonstrates the new technology.Photo – NJ Transit

New Jersey Transit has begun piloting new interactive touchscreen kiosks at certain commuter-rail and Hudson-Bergen light-rail stations.

The new technology — which now is in place at Newark Penn Station, Hoboken Terminal and two light-rail stations — is part of the agency's attempt to improve communication with customers, NJ Transit officials said in a press release.

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FTA makes grants available for TOD planning

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 5/25/2018 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation
imageThe Federal Transit Administration (FTA) yesterday announced the availability of $25.8 million in grant funds to support planning for transit-oriented development (TOD).The competitive grant funds will be distributed under the FTA's Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning, which provides funding to integrate land use and transportation planning along eligible transit projects, FTA officials said in a press release.The grants will fund comprehensive planning to support transit ridership, multimodal connections and mixed-use development near transit stations."It is important for communities and transit agencies to comprehensively plan their public transportation systems to improve mobility and access to transit," said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. "This program is an excellent opportunity for cities and towns to maximize transit-oriented development around their transit systems and ensure they are capturing the value associated with transit."The FTA's notice of the grant funding has been posted in the Federal Register.

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California signs off on grant to connect ACE, BART

California has approved a $750,000 grant to help connect the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) rail systems.

The grants will help fund planning for the ACE-BART connection, according to a press release issued by the Tri-Valley—San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority.

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KCS promotes Adamiak to VP energy, industrial development

Rail News Home Kansas City Southern 5/25/2018 Rail News: Kansas City Southern
image Ginger AdamiakPhoto – kcsouthern.com

Kansas City Southern has promoted Ginger Adamiak to vice president of energy, industrial development and commercial innovation, the Class I announced yesterday.

Adamiak previously served as VP of energy and short-line relations. Her promotion is part of the KCS' realignment of its commercial innovation and industrial development functions to create one organization focused on developing new revenue streams, said Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer Brian Hancock in a press release.

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KCS promotes Adamiak to VP energy, industrial development

Rail News Home Kansas City Southern 5/25/2018 Rail News: Kansas City Southern
image Ginger AdamiakPhoto – kcsouthern.com

Kansas City Southern has promoted Ginger Adamiak to vice president of energy, industrial development and commercial innovation, the Class I announced yesterday.

Adamiak previously served as VP of energy and short-line relations. Her promotion is part of the KCS' realignment of its commercial innovation and industrial development functions to create one organization focused on developing new revenue streams, said Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer Brian Hancock in a press release.

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OmniTRAX Energy boosts storage capacity in Eagle Ford Basin

Rail News Home Short Lines & Regionals 5/25/2018 Rail News: Short Lines & Regionals
imageOmniTRAX Energy Solutions (OES) yesterday reopened three silos after completing a project to boost capacity at its terminal in Cotulla, Texas. The project added 15,000 tons of vertical storage capacity. The terminal, one of the largest in the Eagle Ford Basin, now offers more than 24,000 tons of storage capacity and more than 18,000 feet of rail-car capacity, OES officials said in a press release.The silos, which were reopened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony, "will have a positive impact on the local economy and will reduce truck traffic in the region," they said."OES constantly reinvests in our terminals to better service customers throughout the Eagle Ford Basin and in other basins and mining areas around the country," said OES President Pierre Luc Mathieu.

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SEPTA OKs FY19 capital, operating budgets

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image The capital budget includes funds to replace overhead catenary wires.Photo – SEPTA's FY2019 budget document

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's (SEPTA) board yesterday approved a $749.62 million capital budget for fiscal-year 2019, which starts July 1.

The budget includes funds to renew critical infrastructure, replace aging vehicles and improve technology, SEPTA officials said in a press release. For example, the agency has set aside $42 million to improve signals, interlockings, dispatching and operations management systems, and other technologies.

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FTA has $25.8M in transit planning grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the availability of $25.8 million in grant funds to support Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) projects.

 

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BNSF certifies Ceres' Saskatchewan terminal site

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image The site is in a "strategic location" on the Canada/U.S. border, said Ceres President and CEO Robert Day.Photo – ceresglobalagcorp.com

BNSF Railway Co. has certified the Ceres Global Ag Corp.'s terminal site for development in Northgate, Saskatchewan.

The goal of the Class I's certification program is to identify business parks, logistics centers and other rail-served sites in its network that have a high potential for development.

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BNSF certifies Ceres' Saskatchewan terminal site

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image The site is in a "strategic location" on the Canada/U.S. border, said Ceres President and CEO Robert Day.Photo – ceresglobalagcorp.com

BNSF Railway Co. has certified the Ceres Global Ag Corp.'s terminal site for development in Northgate, Saskatchewan.

The goal of the Class I's certification program is to identify business parks, logistics centers and other rail-served sites in its network that have a high potential for development.

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NS dedicates rail bridge in NY's Letchworth State Park

Norfolk Southern Railway, New York state and local officials yesterday dedicated the new steel arch railroad bridge that spans the Genesee River in Letchworth State Park in Castile.

Built under a public-private partnership, the $75 million bridge expands freight-rail capacity and economic opportunities for businesses and communities across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes, NS officials said in a press release.

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NS dedicates rail bridge in NY's Letchworth State Park

Norfolk Southern Railway, New York state and local officials yesterday dedicated the new steel arch railroad bridge that spans the Genesee River in Letchworth State Park in Castile.

Built under a public-private partnership, the $75 million bridge expands freight-rail capacity and economic opportunities for businesses and communities across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes, NS officials said in a press release.

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NS joins BiTA

Add Norfolk Southern to the growing list of railroads that have joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance.

 

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Caltrain honored for Los Gatos Creek Project

Caltrain's Los Gatos Creek Bridge Replacement Project has been recognized with the Construction Management Association of America's (CMAA) Northern California Project Achievement Award in the transportation category.

 

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DHS announces anti-terrorism grant opportunities

Rail News Home Security 5/24/2018 Rail News: Security
imageThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week announced the availability of $1.6 billion in grant funding for programs used to help prevent acts of terrorism.The grant programs provide funding to several categories of entities, including Amtrak, transit owners and operators, and ports."The DHS grant programs are flexible by design and will be used to help address evolving threats," said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in a press release. "They will go toward building and sustaining capabilities across all levels of government and the whole community to maximize preparedness."Funding opportunities available for fiscal-year 2018 include:
• the Intercity Passenger Rail-Amtrak Program, which provides $10 million to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and increase the resilience of the Amtrak rail system;
• the Port Security Grant Program, which provides $100 million to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management and maintain or re-establish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities; and
• the Transit Security Grant Program, which provides $88 million to owners and operators of transit systems to protect critical surface transportation and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure.All preparedness notices of funding opportunities can be found here. Final submissions must be made through the Non-Disaster Grants system, which can be accessed here.

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CN locomotive engineers ratify five-year contract

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image The agreement modifies work rules that were "of concern to both CN and engineers," CN officials said.Photo – teamstersrail.ca

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) has ratified a new five-year contract with CN, the railroad announced yesterday.

The agreement, which runs through Dec. 31, 2022, provides wage and benefit increases each year that it's in effect. The pact also modifies work rules that were "of concern to both CN and engineers," CN officials said in a press release.

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CN locomotive engineers ratify five-year contract

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image The agreement modifies work rules that were "of concern to both CN and engineers," CN officials said.Photo – teamstersrail.ca

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) has ratified a new five-year contract with CN, the railroad announced yesterday.

The agreement, which runs through Dec. 31, 2022, provides wage and benefit increases each year that it's in effect. The pact also modifies work rules that were "of concern to both CN and engineers," CN officials said in a press release.

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NTSB slates two-day hearing on fatal Amtrak crashes

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image The Amtrak Cascades train derailed on Dec. 18 in Dupont, Washington.Photo – Washington State Patrol

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold an investigative hearing July 10-11 on two recent Amtrak crashes.

The public hearing will explore issues involved in the Amtrak Cascades derailment in DuPont, Washington, on Dec. 18, 2017; and an Amtrak collision with a freight train on Feb. 4 near Cayce, South Carolina, NTSB officials said in a press release.

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NYCT's Byford unveils 10-year subway repair plan

MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) President Andy Byford yesterday unveiled a sweeping plan to modernize the agency's subways and buses.

Titled "Fast Forward: The Plan to Modernize New York City Transit," the plan calls for updating the subway system's signals and track infrastructure to boost performance.

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CN to acquire 1,000 new hopper cars

CN plans to acquire 1,000 new generation high-cube grain hopper cars over the next two years, the Class I announced today.

The investment is aimed at rejuvenating aging equipment needed to serve increasing annual crop yields, CN officials said in a press release. The new jumbo hopper cars will have 5,431 cubic feet of capacity.

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