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Reading & Northern to restore Pennsylvania train station's platform

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image The R&N provides passenger-rail service in addition to its freight service.Photo – Reading & Northern Railroad

Reading & Northern Railroad (R&N) has finalized an agreement to return passenger-rail service to a 146-year-old train station in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

The agreement calls for the construction of a new passenger platform, R&N officials said in a press release issued last week.

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PATCO honored for elevator installation project

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image PATCO was awarded New Jersey Alliance for Action’s Leading Infrastructure Project award.Photo – DRPA Youtube

The Port Authority Transit Corp. (PATCO) last week received the New Jersey Alliance for Action's Leading Infrastructure Project award for the transit agency’s rail station accessibly improvements.

The award recognizes PATCO’s $38 million project to install elevators at all its rail stations. 

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SEPTA makes service improvements to Market-Frankford Line

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image SEPTA eliminated skip-stop service during peak travel times on the Market-Frankford Line.Photo – SEPTA Facebook

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) has made service improvements to adjust for increasing ridership on the Market-Frankford Line in Philadelphia.

SEPTA eliminated skip-stop service during peak travel times, meaning all trains will stop at all stations, agency officials said in a press release.

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MBTA completes Orange Line track, station improvement project

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image MBTA crews replaced 240 linear feet of ties on the Orange Line.Photo – MBTA

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) last week completed station and track improvement work on the Orange Line.

During four weekends, MBTA crews replaced about 1,400 feet of track, including 1,040 feet at North Station, 150 feet at State Station and 204 feet at Haymarket Station, MBTA officials said in a press release.

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U.S. Reps. McAdams, Curtis introduce bill to broaden FAST Act grant criteria

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image U.S. Reps. Ben McAdams and John Curtis introduced the TRAIN Act to allow the UTA to compete for millions of federal capital dollars.Photo – UTA Facebook

Federal lawmakers from Utah earlier this month introduced a bill that, if passed, would allow the Utah Transit Authority’s (UTA) FrontRunner commuter-rail service to compete for millions of federal capital dollars distributed annually to fund rail updates.

The Transit Revitalization And Infrastructure Needs (TRAIN) Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah) and U.S. Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah), would broaden the Core Capacity Improvements grant criteria under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. 

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CP's Creel calls on Trudeau to hold talks with Wet'suwet'en

Canadian Pacific President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Creel last week called on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to hold talks with the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs to bring to an end to the protest blockades that have affected the nation's freight- and passenger-rail networks.

In a Feb. 20 letter to Trudeau, Creel said the company's rail system has been "severely impacted" by the ongoing blockades, which have created "critical safety and security concerns."

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CP's Creel calls on Trudeau to hold talks with Wet'suwet'en

Canadian Pacific President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Creel last week called on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to hold talks with the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs to bring to an end to the protest blockades that have affected the nation's freight- and passenger-rail networks.

In a Feb. 20 letter to Trudeau, Creel said the company's rail system has been "severely impacted" by the ongoing blockades, which have created "critical safety and security concerns."

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Navajo Nation, San Juan County consider forming new freight railroad

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image (Left to right) San Juan County, New Mexico, Commission Chairman Jack Fortner, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer signing the MOU.Photo – Navajo Nation

Navajo Nation and San Juan County, New Mexico, officials last week signed an agreement to pursue the construction of a new freight railroad system that would serve the Four Corners area of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) calls for cooperation between both governments to help establish the rail system to promote and strengthen the community and economic development projects in the region, Navajo Nation officials said in a press release.

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Norfolk Southern elects Huffard, Jones directors

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image Christopher Jones (left) and John Huffard Jr.Photo – northropgrumman.com and tenable.com

Norfolk Southern Corp.'s board has elected John "Jack" Huffard Jr. and Christopher Jones to serve as directors, the company announced today.

Huffard is cofounder of Tenable Network Security Inc. and Tenable Holdings Inc., a cybersecurity software company. He served as president and chief operating officer and as a director of Tenable Network Security from 2002 to 2018, where he was responsible for driving Tenable’s global corporate strategy and business operations and was instrumental in the venture funding and initial public offering process, NS officials said in a press release.

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Norfolk Southern elects Huffard, Jones directors

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image Christopher Jones (left) and John Huffard Jr.Photo – northropgrumman.com and tenable.com

Norfolk Southern Corp.'s board has elected John "Jack" Huffard Jr. and Christopher Jones to serve as directors, the company announced today.

Huffard is cofounder of Tenable Network Security Inc. and Tenable Holdings Inc., a cybersecurity software company. He served as president and chief operating officer and as a director of Tenable Network Security from 2002 to 2018, where he was responsible for driving Tenable’s global corporate strategy and business operations and was instrumental in the venture funding and initial public offering process, NS officials said in a press release.

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Rail supplier news from Biarri Rail, Navis, STV, Infinity Intermodal and Abloy (Feb. 21)

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image Fred Tallarico, STV VP and regional practice lead of design-build for the NortheastPhoto – STV

Navis has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Biarri Rail later this month. The acquisition will support Navis’ expansion into inland solutions, providing freight operators with planning software designed to improve the quality and efficiency of rail operations, Navis officials said in a press release. After the acquisition is completed, the Biarri Rail team will operate out of the Melbourne, Australia, and Chicago offices under Chief Executive Officer Tom Forbes' direction.

STV named Fred Tallarico vice president and regional practice lead of design-build for the Northeast United States and Canada. Tallarico has more than 30 years of infrastructure design and construction experience. Previously, he served as a design-build principal at a global engineering firm where he supported large-scale civil works projects for public agencies including the Federal Transit Administration, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Valley Metro.

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OLI's new safety video addresses truck, train collisions

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image According to the Federal Railroad Administration, 506 crossing incidents involving heavy trucks and trains occurred in 2018.Photo – OLI

Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI) last week released a safety video targeting professional drivers of heavy trucks to prevent collisions with trains at grade crossings.

The weight of cement, dump and garbage trucks increases the potential for death, injury and property damage to occur when such vehicles collide with trains, OLI officials said in a press release.

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Rail Passengers Association to honor U.S. Rep. Lipinski

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image U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski chairs the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous MaterialsPhoto – Lipinski's website

The Rail Passengers Association next month will present its Golden Spike Award to U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.).

Lipinski — who chairs the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials — is being honored for "his 15 years of work in Congress for a safer passenger-rail network, more reliable commuter-rail and transit service, and better relationships between railroads and the communities they serve," association officials said in a press release.

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Milwaukee streetcar to install digital kiosks

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image Smart City Media will install 35 digital kiosks along Milwaukee's streetcar route.Photo – Smart City Media

Milwaukee city officials entered into a 10-year contract with Smart City Media LLC to implement a digital kiosk system to support streetcar operations in downtown Milwaukee later this spring.

Thirty-five touch-screen kiosks, called CityPosts, will be installed along The Hop streetcar route, streetcar officials said in a press release.

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Ontario's Mulroney calls for expediting subway projects

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 2/21/2020 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation
image Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline MulroneyPhoto – Caroline Mulroney's Twitter account

Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney has introduced the Building Transit Faster Act to help accelerate the completion of subway expansion projects.

The legislation would provide the province with the tools to expedite the planning, design and construction process of subway projects, including the all-new Ontario Line, the Yonge North Subway Extension, the three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension.

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MARTA announces DeKalb County rail improvements

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image MARTA will rehabilitate eight stations in the DeKalb County by 2025.Photo – MARTA

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) yesterday announced the agency will spend $250 million on transit improvements in DeKalb County, Georgia, including rail station rehabilitation and rail system maintenance.

MARTA will rehabilitate eight stations in the county by 2025, and complete state-of-good-repair maintenance projects on the rail, bus and paratransit system, agency officials said in a press release.

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Rising Stars Award nominations deadline extended to March 6

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image Progressive Railroading announced today it is extending the deadline for the 2020 Rising Stars Award nominations to March 6.Progressive Railroading defines a Rising Star as someone under the age of 40 who is making a positive difference in his or her company, department or team, and is viewed by others — peers, colleagues, supervisors, clients or associates — as a rising star in the rail industry.Progressive Railroading will select 25 Rising Stars and publish their profiles in the magazine's September issue.Also, the Rising Stars of 2020 will be honored at a recognition dinner on July 20 in Chicago.To be considered for the award, nominees must be younger than 40 years of age on Sept. 1, 2020, and currently work in North America's rail industry. Rising Star candidates must be willing to participate in our process, answer questions from Progressive Railroading staff and supply a photo for publication.To nominate a Rising Star, fill out the nomination survey. Explain in a detailed, written statement how the nominee goes above and beyond to make difference in the railroad industry.Candidates will be considered for recognition based on qualities such as their contributions to railroading, career achievements, demonstrated leadership, education, training, and professional association activity or community involvement.For more information, follow this link to submit a nomination, learn more about the dinner or read profiles of the 2019 award winners.Questions? Call Senior Associate Editor Julie Sneider at 414-228-7701, ext. 517, or email her at julie.sneider@tradepress.com.

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UP in talks to sell Burnham Rail Yard to Colorado DOT

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image Union Pacific Railroad and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) have reached a preliminary agreement for the sale of 59 acres of the Burnham Rail Yard south of downtown Denver, according to local news reports.The High Performance Transportation Enterprise, a CDOT-owned entity, earlier this week approved a nonbinding term sheet that would set a purchase price of $50 million, according to a Colorado Public Radio (CPR) report.The term sheet is the first step toward a contract, which could be finalized later this year.The Burnham property is key to a number of transportation projects in Denver, including adding capacity on the Regional Transportation District of Denver's light-rail network and expanding Interstate 25.“We believe this a good opportunity for Union Pacific and CDOT, allowing the agency to address congestion issues on I-25,” UP spokeswoman Kristen South said, according to the CPR report.UP closed the yard four years ago. In July 2019, UP released a request for qualifications to solicit interest in redeveloping the property.

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UP in talks to sell Burnham Rail Yard to Colorado DOT

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image Union Pacific Railroad and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) have reached a preliminary agreement for the sale of 59 acres of the Burnham Rail Yard south of downtown Denver, according to local news reports.The High Performance Transportation Enterprise, a CDOT-owned entity, earlier this week approved a nonbinding term sheet that would set a purchase price of $50 million, according to a Colorado Public Radio (CPR) report.The term sheet is the first step toward a contract, which could be finalized later this year.The Burnham property is key to a number of transportation projects in Denver, including adding capacity on the Regional Transportation District of Denver's light-rail network and expanding Interstate 25.“We believe this a good opportunity for Union Pacific and CDOT, allowing the agency to address congestion issues on I-25,” UP spokeswoman Kristen South said, according to the CPR report.UP closed the yard four years ago. In July 2019, UP released a request for qualifications to solicit interest in redeveloping the property.

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Midwest rail shippers group elects 2020 officers

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image New MARS President Stefan Loeb, left, is congratulated by outgoing President Tom Surma, who was honored for his leadership during the MARS winter meeting in January.Photo – Midwest Association of Rail Shippers

The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) yesterday announced its 2020 slate of officers elected at the association’s annual winter meeting last month.

Elected as president is Stefan Loeb of Watco Cos. LLC, Downers Grove, Illinois; first vice president is Carrie Evans of Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd., Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and second VP is Kathy Bathurst of CSX, Riverdale, Illinois.

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