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More problems at “Pain” Station New York On July 6, four days before major track refurbishment work begins at Pennsylvania Station New York, the nation’s busiest passenger rail facility, yet another incident—the third in four months—occurred when inbound New Jersey Transit North Jersey Coast Line train no. 3276 derailed as it was entering the station’s complex interlocking plant.

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WSP USA, the company formerly called Parsons Brinckerhoff, has named two rail transit industry veterans to executive positions. Stephen Bonina, P.E., joins as Vice President and Eastern Region Fleet Manager for WSP’s TEC (Transit & Rail Technical Excellence Center), Newark,...
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Passengers on six transit services in the Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Area on July 17 began using Hop Fastpass™, a regional open-payments electronic fare collection (e-fare ) system implemented by INIT Innovations in Transportation, Inc., Chesapeake, Va. Hop Fastpass, which spans multiple agencies,...
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Progress has been made on Metrolinx’s plan to electrify the GO Transit regional/commuter rail network. Meanwhile, major delays and controversy mark Bombardier’s streetcar contract with the Toronto Transit Commission. Electrification plans for GO Transit’s Barrie Rail Corridor were discussed in July...
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New Jersey Transit has adopted a Fiscal Year 2018 budget of $3.6 billion “that supports continued investments in infrastructure and equipment to maintain the system in a state of good repair and enhance the overall customer experience.” The budget allocates $2.22...
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U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) renewed their call for the Gateway Program to advance with funding commitments. Both senators point to the repairs that were started July 10 at Penn Station New York as demonstrating “a dire...

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The White House on July 11 announced that President Donald Trump has nominated Ronald L. Batory, who recently retired as President and Chief Operating Officer of Conrail, as the next Federal Railroad Administrator. Batory retired March 31 as President and COO...
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It was an accessory to the jailing of three labor union presidents. It may encourage bad decision-making by rail managers. Its lottery-like jury awards seduce plaintiff attorneys. It can send an injured rail worker to the poor house. And it...
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AECOM is set to acquire Shimmick Construction. While the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, the companies expect to close in AECOM's fiscal fourth quarter. AECOM says that Shimmick, "an established leader in the California and Western U.S. heavy civil...
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Sweeping management changes continue at WSP USA, the Montreal-based company that acquired Parsons Brinckerhoff and in May dropped the iconic PB name. Three key positions have been filled in the firm’s Northwest Pacific, West and Northern California areas. Mel Sears has...
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A new two-track rail tunnel connecting New York and New Jersey would cost $12.9 billion, up from previous estimates of $7-10 billion. At the same time, a preliminary environmental impact statement has been completed, but there is still no plan on...

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