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Texas Central, Renfe sign bullet-train operator pact

Rail News Home High-Speed Rail 10/31/2018 Rail News: High-Speed Rail
image Texas Central CEO Carlos Aguilar (left) and Renfe President Isaias Taboas signed the contract in Madrid.Photo – Texas Central

Yesterday in Madrid, Texas Central Railway and Renfe officials signed an agreement that formalizes the Spanish rail operator as the Texas bullet train's strategic operating partner.

With its decades of experience, Spain-based Renfe was a "natural fit" to join Texas Central’s other partners, Texas Central officials said in a press release.

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LIRR opens renovated Farmingdale, Wantagh stations

MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has opened newly renovated Farmingdale and Wantagh stations.

Although work on the Farmingdale Station is ongoing, doors to the building were opened yesterday. The facility's upgrade is part of an $84 million, eight-station renovation package awarded earlier this year.

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Metra starts PTC service demos on Rock Island line

Rail News Home Positive Train Control 10/31/2018 Rail News: Positive Train Control
image PTC might be fully implemented on the Rock Island line by January.Photo – Metra

Metra recently launched revenue service demonstrations (RSDs) of its positive train control (PTC) system on the Rock Island District Line, which runs southwest from Chicago to Joliet, Illinois.

The RSDs are the final stage before PTC is fully implemented along the route. The demonstrations involve operating some trains in regular service with PTC engaged to determine if the system is working as intended.

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Metropolitan Council’s Tchourumoff to step down as chair next month

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image Alene TchourumoffPhoto – Metropolitan Council

Metropolitan Council Chair Alene Tchourumoff yesterday announced she will be stepping down at November’s end to pursue a new professional opportunity.

Per council bylaws, Vice Chair Harry Melander will assume her duties until the Minnesota governor-elect appoints a new chair.

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Pan Am Railways, Boston & Maine fined for tie disposal in Massachusetts

Rail News Home Short Lines & Regionals 10/31/2018 Rail News: Short Lines & Regionals
imageThe Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has ordered Pan Am Railways and Boston & Maine Corp. to pay $90,000 in penalties for violations linked to the abandonment of old crossties.The fines relate to new violations of an agreement — signed by both rail companies in 2013 — and solid waste management regulations concerning the abandonment of ties along a rail line in Buckland, Greenfield and Hatfield, Massachusetts.MassDEP previously issued enforcement orders to Pan Am and Boston & Maine for their waste management practices involving ties, department officials said in a press release.In the latest instance, the department in May surveyed rail lines operated by the two companies in western Massachusetts. The survey found ties in several locations that were in violation of the agreement. As a result, MassDEP issued penalties of $30,000 for each of the three locations were the violations were observed, for a total of $90,000."MassDEP will continue to monitor the railroads for rail-tie disposal and has not ruled out issuance of additional penalties," said Michael Gorski, director of MassDEP's Western Regional Office in Springfield. "There has been a long, multiyear dialogue with the railroad on this issue; Pan Am and Boston & Maine have had more than enough time to come into compliance with the consent agreement and the regulations.”

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