Aberdeen Carolina and Western Railway is one of 12 North Carolina short lines to receive grant funding under the state’s Freight Rail and Rail Crossing Safety Improvement Program. (Aberdeen Carolina and Western Railway Photograph)

NCDOT Awards $12MM for Small-Road Infrastructure Improvements

Twelve short lines will share approximately $12 million in infrastructure-improvement grant funding from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Photograph Courtesy of Clark County, Wash., Public Works

For Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, a $4.7MM Upgrade

The first phase of a $4.7 million rehabilitation project will start this fall on the 33-mile Chelatchie Prairie Railroad in Washington state.

Caltrain and Palo Alto differ on how to address San Francisquito Bridge

Caltrain has determined that the San Francisquito Bridge, built in 1902 and which supports trains moving between Menlo Park and Palo Alto, is nearing the end of its service life and needs to be replaced.

REMSA offering undergraduate scholarships for 2023

The Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) has just announced the availability of two undergraduate scholarships for tuition assistance for the 2023 academic year.

Merchants Bridge in St. Louis reopens

The city of St. Louis and the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA) celebrated the opening of the new Merchants Bridge.

Union Pacific will replace ties on Metra’s UP-North Line

Union Pacific is about to embark on a major tie project over 45 miles of its Metra UP-North Line. The portion of the line receiving the new ties runs from Kenosha and Chicago, and the work will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Metrolinx Finch West LRT track installation and vehicle testing updates

Metrolinx yesterday released the following update on its work on the Finch West LRT track installation and vehicle testing.

Watch: Federal grant awarded to BNSF’s Salmon Bay Bridge project

On Sept. 9, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) announced that $25 million will be awarded to the Salmon Bay Bridge project by the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program.

Del Mar train tunnel plan advanced by SANDAG

RT&S Editor-in-Chief Bill Wilson has reported extensively on the challenges posed by the fragile Del Mar bluffs, and San Diego County’s regional planning agency appears to be ready to take concrete action to address the tenuous situation.

MBTA set to replace Commercial Street Bridge

The MBTA’s Capital Delivery Bridge & Structures team will replace the Commercial Street Bridge in Lynn, Mass. from Sept. 16-20.

STV leading construction management of Portal North Bridge replacement project

The replacement of a 112-year-old, swing-style rail bridge that spans the Hackensack River from Kearney to Seacaucus, N.J., known as the Portal North Bridge, is just one of a series of projects in Amtrak’s Gateway Program.

BNSF’s John Cech named 2022 Engineer of the Year by Railway Track & Structures

John Cech, vice president, Engineering at BNSF, is the recipient of the 2022 Engineer of the Year Award from Railway Track & Structures Media.

MBTA Orange Line shutdown began on Monday – how did it go?

RT&S recently reported on the month-long shut down of the Orange Line, which began on Monday, Aug. 22.

WMATA to begin major construction of Blue and Yellow lines

In less than a month, WMATA will begin significant construction to repair the Yellow Line tunnel and bridge, as well as advance critical improvements needed to open the future Potomac Yard Station later this fall.

OmniTRAX named exclusive rail partner of port

OmniTrax announced that it has been chosen as the exclusive rail partner for the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.

NJT: New bridge over troubled waters

The Gateway Program’s Portal North has been in the news lately. A project south of Portal North deserves equal attention.

Bridge safety concerns continue to halt Greater Cleveland Waterfront Line

Work on this bridge will require Browns fans to find another route to the game.

Cracks in piers delay opening of Edmonton light rail line

TransEd, the agency charged with providing new LRT in Edmonton, Alberta, announced a delay in its Valley LIne Southeast LRT service commencement.

Union Pacific to shut down western Oregon rail traffic for bridge replacement

Union Pacific will replace a bridge on its western Oregon line on Sunday.

STV begins work on SunRail Phase 2 North in central Florida

The engineering firm STV announced it has signed a contract to support the Florida DOT’s commuter rail operation SunRail in the agency’s Phase 2 North project.