OCTA’s Emergency Stabilization Effort Paves Way for Metrolink, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Rail Service 

All regular Metrolink and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service is set to resume beginning April 17, after the Orange County Transportation Authority’s emergency construction work has been completed to stop slope movement and stabilize the tracks in south San Clemente.

Harsco Corporation Taps Beswick as President for Clean Earth Division

Harsco Corporation has named Jeffrey Beswick as senior vice president and president, Clean Earth, effective May 1, 2023. He will join the Company’s Executive Leadership team.

RTD To Resurface N Line Tracks 

RTD will soon begin a program to resurface commuter rail track along the N Line from Union Station to Eastlake-124th Station in Thornton.

‘Better Red’ Work to Enhance TriMet MAX System

TriMet has announced an upcoming 21-day disruption of MAX Blue, Green and Red lines, which will see rail construction and rehabilitation work, along with other improvements, stretch from the Gateway Transit Center to NE 7th Ave.

Ohio Commission Approves Safety Upgrades for 100-Plus Crossings 

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) recently approved $1.17 million in safety upgrades at more than 100 rail crossings in 15 counties.

CTA to ‘Refresh & Renew’ 29 Stations in 2023

The Chicago Transit Authority has announced that 29 rail stations will be repaired and upgraded in 2023 as part of its ongoing station improvement program Refresh & Renew, a key initiative of the agency’s “Meeting the Moment” Action Plan.

Illinois Officials Celebrate Progress on Springfield Rail Improvements Project

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and other officials gathered in Springfield to commemorate the Rail Improvements Project’s progress on April 5.

“Tampers and stoneblowers are track maintenance machines that make sure the track is correctly aligned and has a smooth level along the rail,” according to Network Rail. “They help to prevent the risk of trains derailing, and ensure smooth, comfortable journeys for passengers and freight trains. These machines generally work at night when no passenger trains are running.” (Network Rail Image)

Harsco Rail Lands Network Rail O&M Contract

Harsco Corporation on April 5 reported that its Rail division has been awarded a five-year, more than $130 million stoneblower operation and maintenance (O&M) contract from Network Rail, which owns, operates and

The Norfolk Southern Data Science and Engineering teams were presented with a 2023 Innovation-Driven Company award at the Technology Association of Georgia Technology Awards ceremony on March 29. (NS Photograph)

NS Takes Home Technology Innovation Awards

Norfolk Southern (NS) late last month was presented with 2023 “Innovation-Driven Company” awards from the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) for its rail wear predictive analytics and digital train inspection programs.

Amtrak Completes Upgrades at Gastonia Station

With the completion of a $3.2 million project at the Gastonia, North Carolina, station, Amtrak travelers now have a more accessible journey.

Metrolinx Guideway Construction Progresses on Hazel McCallion Line

The Hazel McCallion Line will provide significant infrastructure and transit enhancements to Hurontario Street, with plans to add a new elevated guideway that will span above Highway 403.

Union Pacific Works to Shore Up Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake, which is home to 338 bird species, is also home to Union Pacific’s Great Salt Lake causeway, a 20-mile-long raised rock-filled railroad track.

Hall Joins PTSI as Route Learning System Project Manager

PTSI Transportation, a transportation management consultancy based in Rutherford NJ, announced that effective immediately, Ms. Em Hall has been appointed Product Manager of its Route Learning System™, and will also serve as Midwest Region Director for the company.

Metrolinx GO Trains Now Using Elevated Davenport Diamond Guideway

The Metrolinx Davenport Diamond Guideway project has hit a key milestone.

Service on TransLink’s Canada Line to Be Impacted by Capstan Station Construction

Service on the Canada Line between Bridgeport Station and Richmond-Brighouse Station will be temporarily impacted due to construction from April 11 until May 12, allowing construction crews to continue work on the new Capstan Station, TransLink announced April 4.

PUCO Approves Rail Crossing Upgrades in Hamilton County

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) on Mach 22 approved safety upgrades at a rail crossing in Hamilton County.

RTD Begins Extended Improvements Project on Multiple Lines to Lone Tree

RTD began an extensive project on April 3 to undertake maintenance and repairs to the coping panels that run along the Southeast Rail Line south of Broadway to Lincoln Station near to I-25.

Brightline to Continue Train Testing Up to 79 MPH in Indian River County

Brightline is continuing essential work on its Orlando extension with train testing in Indian River County having commenced April 1, 2023, with trains traveling up to 79 mph.

MTA Unveils Replacement of Frequently Struck LIRR Bridge

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced a new overpass in Garden City with a 14-foot, five-inch vehicular clearance that would improve safety and cut train delays.

Caltrain Issues Emergency Order to Repair Rail Bridge

Caltrain declared an emergency on March 27 to repair damage to the embankment that supports the rail bridge between Palo Alto and Menlo Park, which was weakened by previous storms.