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MTA begins Culver F Line signal modernization project

Rail News Home Communication and Signal 5/29/2020 Rail News: Communication and Signal
image MTA's Culver Line signal modernization project includes replacing 70-year-old signals with a CBTC system.Photo – MTA

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) crews yesterday began the next phase of the agency’s signal modernization project on the Culver F Line in Brooklyn, New York.

This phase of the project — which was delayed from its original March start date due to the COVID-19 outbreak — includes replacing 70-year-old signals between Church Avenue and Coney Island stations with a communications-based train control (CBTC) system. 

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Brightline in talks with Miami-Dade to run commuter-rail line, report says

Rail News Home Passenger Rail 5/29/2020 Rail News: Passenger Rail
image The company is continuing to pursue those plans even though it has shut down its rail service completely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Photo – Brightline

Brightline/Virgin Trains USA is discussions with Miami-Dade County in Florida about building five train platforms between Miami and Aventura and launching a $425 million commuter-rail system, The Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

The proposed deal was revealed Tuesday, the newspaper reported. Under the arrangement, Miami-Dade would pay the company $350 million to construct stations after Brightline spent $75 million building platforms that could be used to launch the commuter service.

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CSX recognized for 'Pride in Service' program

Rail News Home CSX Transportation 5/29/2020 Rail News: CSX Transportation
image CSX has received a 2020 Halo Award for the Class I's "Pride in Service" initiative. Presented by the Engage for Good organization, the awards honor corporate social initiatives and cause marketing. CSX launched Pride in Service in 2018 to support and recognize military, veterans and first responder service members and their families. From connecting with families to bridge the civilian-military divide, to raising funds and participating in events, to writing letters of gratitude and packing care pouches, CSX employees have contributed nearly 5,000 hours to the cause and reached 85,000 individuals in the initiative's first full year, CSX officials said in a press release. "At CSX, service is an integral part of our culture and we are so proud that one in five of our employees have served our country and communities, either in the military or as a first responder," said Nathan Goldman, CSX's executive vice president and chief legal officer. This is the 18th year that Engage for Good will honor businesses and nonprofits with Halo Awards.

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FTA to offer grants for transit technology innovation

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 5/29/2020 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation
image The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) yesterday announced the availability of $1.25 million in funding to demonstrate innovative technologies that improve the state of good repair for transit agencies.  The grants will be provided through the federal Public Transportation Innovation Program, funds research, development, demonstrations and deployment projects aimed at improving public transportation.  FTA emphasized the Real-Time Transit Infrastructure and Rolling Stock Condition Assessment Demonstration Program as a competitive demonstration opportunity under its research area of infrastructure. The demonstration program's primary goal is to enhance asset management of infrastructure and safety through technology that can provide real-time condition assessment of transit capital and facilities, FTA officials said in a press release. Eligible applicants include public transportation agencies, state and local departments of transportation and technology system suppliers.

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UP publishes annual sustainability progress report

Rail News Home Sustainability 5/29/2020 Rail News: Sustainability
image Union Pacific Railroad yesterday published its 2019 Building America report that highlights the company's progress toward meeting social, economic and environmental initiatives. The report outlines the company's assessment results detailing subjects such as customer service and satisfaction, rail safety and maintenance, and employment practices. "We've taken measurable steps to enhance customer communication, and we invest billions annually in our capital program to strengthen infrastructure, and we are dedicated to engaging employees and cultivating a work environment that celebrates diversity," said Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Lance Fritz in a press release. Among goals outlined in the report are UP's effort to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace. Women make up 5.5 percent of the railroad's total workforce, but UP is working to double the representation of women to 11 percent by 2030. "To have the best employees, we can't overlook any segment of the population," said Chief Human Resource Officer Beth Whited. "Businesses such as ours face a growing shortfall of skilled trade workers due to fewer people choosing to learn a trade. We're looking at potential barriers for women in this line of work and finding solutions to these roadblocks." Gender equality is one of the United Nation's 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). UP's report also outlines the company's commitment to seven SDGs, including gender equality.    

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