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Orange County authority OKs FY2020 budget

The Orange County Transportation Authority's (OCTA) board this week approved a $1.5 billion budget for fiscal-year 2020.

To take effect July 1, the budget advances a number of capital improvements, including the OC Streetcar and Interstate 5 and 405 projects in Orange County, California. OCTA has allocated $48.5 million for ongoing streetcar construction and $366.4 million for the freeway work.

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Utah Transit Authority completes major construction project in one month

In May, the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) completed one of its largest construction projects over the past 10 years, and in a speedy fashion.

The agency replaced 18-year-old tracks and switches at two Main Street locations in 27 days, work that typically would take two months to complete.

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Coos Bay Rail Line rehabs 37 timber bridges

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image There are 121 bridges along the entire 134-mile rail line.Photo – Coos Bay Rail Line

The Coos Bay Rail Line has completed a $2.3 million rehabilitation project on 37 timber bridges along its line, which is owned and operated by the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay.

The port contracted Scott Partney Construction to complete the bridge work. Engineering firm Stantec Inc. will conduct the final inspections, port officials said in a press release.

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LA Metro installs new senior team members, announces Wiggins' departure

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) announced that Chief of Security Alex Wiggins has resigned to accept the chief executive officer position at the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority.

In addition, the authority announced a series of appointments to fill Wiggins' post and other vacancies on the senior leadership team. Metro named Nadine Lee chief of staff; James de la Loza, chief planning officer; Yvette Zoe-Robles Rapose, chief communications officer; Jonaura Wisdom, chief civil rights programs officer; and Aston Greene III, interim chief systems security and law enforcement officer.

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Louisville & Indiana Railroad, malting company to open transload facility

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image The new transload facility is located at LIRC's yard in Jeffersonville, Indiana.Photo – anacostia.com

Louisville & Indiana Railroad (LIRC) and Great Western Malting Co. have developed a new 33 rail-car transload facility in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

The rail-to-truck transfer facility, which will open tomorrow, features a covered, open-ended structure enclosing a 90-foot section of track with a concrete pad. A concrete pit below allows conveyors to load trucks for delivery of malting grain to customers.

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FRA awards grants for CREATE project, rail upgrades in Florida and Michigan

The Florida Department of Transportation will receive a $17 million Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) program grant from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to improve safety at seven grade crossings in Jacksonville.

The $35.2 million project also involves CSX, Florida East Coast Railway and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA). The partners aim to address conflicts between freight trains and vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic at major arteries in downtown Jacksonville, including the heavily used San Marco Boulevard interchange. Crossing delays can last from several minutes to several hours due to the lack of appropriate storage track, communications and signaling, and switching infrastructure in the area, the project partners said.

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ASLRRA: House majority cosponsors short-line tax credit bill

A bill that would make the 45G short-line tax credit permanent has received support from a majority of U.S. House members, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announced yesterday.

As of yesterday, 219 representatives are cosponsors of the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy (BRACE) Act, which would make permanent the tax credit that short lines and regionals can receive for investing in infrastructure maintenance. The credit expired in December 2017 and has not yet been extended.

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Genesee & Wyoming: On the industrial development fast track

In May, the Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern Railroad began serving a $150 million Ringneck Energy ethanol plant in Onida, South Dakota.Photo – Genesee & Wyoming Inc.

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Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Infinity Transportation, Railroad Software and Road & Rail (June 12)

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image Bombardier Transportation has completed the development phase of a safety system for urban light-rail vehicles called the Collision and Overspeed Monitoring and Prevention Assistance System (COMPAS). COMPAS combines vision-based speed prevention and an automotive obstacle detection assistance system to ensure drivers always maintain full control over a light-rail vehicle. The new system is expected to be granted commercial service authorization by mid-2020, according to a Bombardier press release. Infinity Transportation Logistics (ITL) is adding 200 53-foot temperature-controlled intermodal containers with Thermo King's new SLXi-DRC refrigeration units to support and expand ITL's transportation offerings to and from the states of Washington and Oregon. The acquisition will help the company provide increased perishable and refrigerated cargo capacity, and meet increasing demand and sustainability goals, according to an ITL press release. Railroad Software hired Tim Elsberry as vice president of business development. Elsberry has specialized in track, structural, train control, infrastructure, inspection, maintenance, enterprise asset management and electrical power assets. He was an integral part of the team that captured ISO 55000 certification for asset management at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, according to a Railroad Software press release. Road & Rail Services Inc. has appointed Jon Haselwood assistant vice president of commercial, and Joshua Massey AVP of customer service. Haselwood has over 25 years of railroad and transportation experience and served in leadership roles at CSX. Massey spent 18 years with Norfolk Southern Railway, with a primary focus on automotive and intermodal terminal operations, fleet management and customer service, according to a Road & Rail press release.

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Met Council identifies Metro Transit police chief finalists

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image Left to right: Metro Transit Acting Chief of Police AJ Olson and Minneapolis Police Inspector Eddie Frizell.Photo – Metro Transit/Minneapolis Police Department

Metropolitan Council officials have narrowed the field of candidates for the position of Metro Transit police chief to two finalists: Minneapolis Police Inspector Eddie Frizell and Metro Transit Acting Chief of Police AJ Olson.

Frizell has served as a Minneapolis police officer since 1993 and is currently the inspector of the downtown's First Precinct. Olson has served as the acting chief of Metro Transit's police department since John Harrington resigned to lead the Minnesota Department of Public Safety earlier this year. He has nearly 38 years of law enforcement experience, having worked for Metro Transit since 2005, with 12 of those years as deputy chief of the department.

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Amtrak trains again stop at Springfield Union Station

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image A larger project aimed at refurbishing the historic station was completed in June 2017.Photo – amtrak.com

Amtrak's Northeast Regional, Lake Shore Limited and Vermonter trains returned to Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts, yesterday after previously using a temporary stop as part of a station upgrade project.

Riders traveling in western Massachusetts will now see passenger information display boards, hear train announcements in the station and access a customer service desk that will be staffed from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily, Amtrak officials said in a press release.

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Arrows Up: CEO Allegretti retires, Renfro named successor

Arrows Up Inc. founder John Allegretti has retired as the company's chief executive officer. Justin Renfro, president of Arrows Up affiliate OmniTRAX Energy Solutions (OES), has assumed leadership responsibilities for both entities, the companies announced yesterday.

The management and operations teams of Arrows Up have over 65 years of combined experience in the packaging and logistics industry, company officials said in a press release.

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NJ Transit calls for bids to fill track-side canal

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image In 2012, a storm surge from Hurricane Sandy created a long canal alongside the tracks at NJ Transit’s Hoboken yards in New Jersey to overflow its banks.Photo – Bombardier Transportation

New Jersey Transit last week announced a call for bids on the first phase of construction to fill and level a canal adjacent to the Hudson Bergen light-rail tracks and the Hoboken yards.

In 2012, a storm surge from Hurricane Sandy created a long canal alongside the tracks at NJ Transit’s Hoboken yards in New Jersey to overflow its banks. The overflow resulted in significant flood damage to the yard and required weeks of remediation, according to an NJ Transit press release.

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Santa Clara Valley authority OKs environmental report for light-rail extension

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image With the supplemental EIR's approval in hand, VTA can now work on utility agreements and property acquisition to advance the utility relocation.Photo – VTA Facebook

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) last week approved the final supplemental environmental impact report (EIR) for the Eastridge-to-BART Regional Connector project, which will extend the light rail 2.4 miles from Alum Rock Station to the Eastridge Transit Center in San Jose, California.

The final supplemental EIR includes design changes made since 2016 and an analysis of how those changes impact the environment. The revised extension design eliminates grade crossings, which will  allow light-rail service to travel at faster speeds, according to a VTA press release.

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Watco to serve as rail manager of Meridian's new crude-oil refinery

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image Watco Cos. LLC and Meridian Energy Group Inc. have signed a letter of intent calling for Watco to serve as the main rail management contractor for the Davis crude-oil refinery in Belfield, North Dakota.Meridian has initiated preparation and grading work at its Davis Refinery site and is proceeding with final design and equipment procurement efforts, with full construction resuming in 2019, according to a joint press releaseWatco will provide rail management and overall infrastructure services."We see a great fit with our experience and synergies from our current locations
with the future partnership of these locations and the surrounding communities,” said Rob Thrall, Watco's vice president of business development.Meridian is developing the Davis refinery on 150 acres in Billings County, east of the Fryburg rail facility in Belfield, which is considered the heart of the Bakken Shale. Construction on the refinery began in July 2018.

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FRA awards rail improvement grants in Arkansas, Missouri

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image The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has awarded Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grants to rail projects in Arkansas and Missouri.The Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA) will receive a $28.8 million fiscal-year 2018 CRISI grant to replace the main span girders on the MacArthur Bridge in St. Louis. The project will address structure maintenance to bring the 107-year-old bridge up to current standards, TRRA officials said in a press release.The $57.3 million project is being funded via a public-private partnership between the TRRA and FRA, with each party covering half of the costs. The 2018 CRISI grant will be coupled with a $7.1 million FY2017 CRISI grant announced earlier this year to replace the Broadway Street Truss on the bridge’s west approach, TRRA officials said.Together, both projects will extend the bridge's life to 2085, allow for dimensional loads and enable the structure to serve St. Louis region's freight- and passenger-rail network, they added.Meanwhile, the city of Jonesboro, Arkansas, will receive a $2.3 million FY2018 CRISI grant for a rail spur designed to increase rail-car capacity for delivery and storage to businesses in the Jonesboro Industrial Park and Craighead Technology Park. The city will match the grant with another $400,000 and the Jonesboro Economic Development Corp. will match with another $250,000."This is a great award for us because our industrial park is already congested with rail cars,” said Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin in a press release. "The new rail lines will help alleviate that while serving current businesses and new ones that plan to locate here.”The project calls for creating side rails for parallel track storage and relocating a switch from Commerce Drive, which the Arkansas Department of Transportation will soon widen to five lanes. Perrin earlier commissioned a study that revealed rail-car congestion had created safety and capacity concerns.In addition, the project includes adding several thousand feet of new rail, which will help BNSF Railway Co. be more efficient in serving businesses in the parks, said Mark Nichols, the city's traffic operations engineer.

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Montana Rail Link budgets record capex

The regional plans to replace 160,000 wood ties and surface 225 miles of track this year.Photo – Montana Rail Link

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LIRR to begin Penn Station construction

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image Penn Station construction will include widened corridors in the existing LIRR concourse, heightened ceilings and improved natural light.Photo – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Flickr

MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) officials last week announced that construction of a new Penn Station entrance at 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue in New York City will begin June 17. 

As part of a more than $6.6 billion state investment into the LIRR, construction will include widened corridors in the existing LIRR concourse, heightened ceilings, improved natural light and improved safety, according to an LIRR press release. 

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Wisconsin lawmakers OK funds to expand Amtrak Hiawatha service

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image The Wisconsin Legislature’s Budget Committee approved a $35 million proposed expansion of Amtrak service between Milwaukee and Chicago.Photo – Amtrak

The Wisconsin Legislature’s Budget Committee last week approved a $35 million proposed expansion of Amtrak service between Milwaukee and Chicago, a local radio station reported. 

Funds will go toward adding three more roundtrips a day on the Hiawatha route, bringing the number of daily round trips to 10, WUWM 89.7 reported.

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Port of Virginia debuts on-dock rail yard

The Port of Virginia debuted a newly completed on-dock rail yard at the Virginia International Gateway (VIG) late last month, the same month the port posted its busiest May in port history.

The rail yard has nearly 20,000 feet of new track and is supported by four cantilever rail-mounted gantry cranes. CSX and Norfolk Southern Railway provide double-stack service to and from VIG.

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