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CTC allocates $60 million to California rail projects The California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated more than $217 million to 72 projects in the state including more than $60 million for state rail projects.
Mock-up of new Boston Orange Line car unveiled Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack visited the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) depot at Wellington on March 21 to view a mock up of the CRRC metro car for Boston’s Orange Line.
Sound Transit: Trump budget a “body blow” The Trump Administration’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which would eliminate the Federal Transit Administration New Starts grant program that supports building new mass transit projects around the country, “would cause far-reaching impacts on the construction of voter-approved projects in the Puget Sound region,” Sound Transit said on March 21.
February containers surge at Georgia ports The Georgia Ports Authority saw its busiest February for total cargo, moving 2.94 million tons across all docks in February, up 10% from the same month in 2016, and second all-time only to January's 3.01 million tons.
Passenger ops lagging freight RRs in PTC progress: FRA The Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration released a status update today on railroads' progress implementing positive train control (PTC) systems in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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March 27, 2017
Brandon, Manitoba-based Cando Rail Services has appointed Canadian Pacific engineering department veteran Tim Yamashita as Vice-President of Engineering and Track Services, effective March 13. Yamashita is responsible for management of Cando’s design, construction and maintenance services. Yamashita, a professional engineer who...
March 27, 2017
Canada's federal 2017 budget continues the government's push toward public transit projects with the inclusion of CA$25 billion (US$18.7 billion) through various avenues. Ottawa called the budget released March 22 "the next step in the government's long-term plan to create jobs...
March 27, 2017
Transportation and environmental project management professional Lisa Ives has joined HNTB Corp. as a senior project manager and associate vice president, focusing on delivery of major transportation projects in the planning, environmental and conceptual engineering phases. Based in Seattle, she...
March 24, 2017
The California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated more than $217 million to 72 projects in the state including more than $60 million for state rail projects. "Caltrans is working to ensure every dollar counts when it comes to California's transportation infrastructure," said...
March 24, 2017
Strato, Inc.’s StratoMAX F51AE F-Style knuckle has passed the Association of American Railroads (AAR) M-216 fatigue life cycle test. This specification requires an average fatigue life of at least 600,000 cycles. “The addition of our M-216 F-knuckle to the StratoMAX product...

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March 27, 2017
What has been will be again; what has been done will be done again. There is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our...
March 26, 2017
One of Keith Creel’s first acts upon becoming Canadian Pacific CEO in February was a call to his counterpart at the union representing the railway’s train and engine (T&E) crews. It was time, CP’s top brass hat told the Teamsters senior rail boss, to restore...
March 16, 2017
Two months into the Trump Administration, the Washington Post says his nomination process, leading to Senate confirmation, is moving more slowly than any in history. The New York Times describes “dust piling up in key offices … critical power centers in [Trump’s] government devoid of...
March 14, 2017
With collective bargaining between 13 labor unions and the nation’s Class I freight railroads (plus some regionals and short lines) over wages, benefits and work rules in its third fitful year, the National Mediation Board (NMB) could declare an impasse as early as late 2017.
March 06, 2017
Late last year, the Federal Railroad Administration announced that safety fines in 2016 were the highest in agency’s 50-year history, surpassing the previous record-breaking year in 2015 and suggesting the ever-increasing safety successes enjoyed by our industry could be tied to such punitive measures.

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