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Port of Vancouver USA Completes $251M Rail Access Improvement Project

The Port of Vancouver USA and its rail partners BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad have substantially completed a $251M railroad access improvement project which significantly increases rail access in the port. The project creates a new rail entrance to the port, increases the port’s internal track miles from 16 to more than 50 (including … Continue Reading

Updated: FRA Releases Latest Railroad Progress Report as PTC Deadline Looms

The Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”) has released its latest Positive Train Control (“PTC”) implementation progress report for the 2nd quarter of 2018. The FRA’s latest report indicates that railroads are making steady progress toward PTC compliance. FRA says that 15 railroads have installed 100% and 12 railroads have installed between 95 and 99% of the … Continue Reading

FRA Announces $318 Million in CRISI Grant Funding Availability

Last week FRA issued a notice of grant funding of $318 million for rail infrastructure and safety improvements through the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement Grants Program known as CRISI.  The deadline for applications is September 17, 2018. CRISI grants are designed to assist with financing passenger and freight rail system improvements to achieve … Continue Reading

Senator Highlights Concerns Regarding Freight Train Interference of Amtrak Passenger Trains

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation (“Commerce Committee”) recently held a nomination hearing to fill two vacancies on the Surface Transportation Board (“STB”), the economic regulator of railroads.  The nomination hearing of Patrick Fuchs and Michelle Schultz provided Senators with a venue to vent concerns related to the U.S. rail system.  In … Continue Reading

Northern Lights Express Proposed Passenger Rail Service Receives Federal Environmental Approval

The Northern Lights Express intercity rail proposal, connecting Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota with a stop in Superior, Wisconsin, advanced forward following a Finding of No Significant Impact (“FONSI”) from the Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”).  The FRA’s decision found that the proposed rail project would not have any significant environmental impacts and allows the project to … Continue Reading

Contract Awarded for GO Transit Improvements in Scarborough and Unionville

Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have awarded a fixed-price design-build-finance $245.5 million contract to upgrade Agincourt, Milliken, and Unionville GO stations on the Stouffville GO corridor.  The winning bidder, EllisDon Transit Infrastructure (EDTI), will deliver the project using Infrastructure Ontario’s Alternative Financing and Procurement model.  EllisDon constituents will provide financing and construction while WSP / MMM … Continue Reading

A Path to Federal P3s for Infrastructure? ABA Subcommittee Suggests Changes to OMB Budgetary Scoring

Much has been said already about President Trump’s call to “rebuild our crumbling infrastructure,” in his first State of the Union address. The President asked Congress to advance a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan that, in part, should be “leveraged by partnering with state and local governments and, where appropriate, tapping into private sector investment.” But … Continue Reading

Bombardier and Metrolinx Make a Nice Recovery on Problematic Eglinton LRV Order

Bombardier and Metrolinx announced that they have amended their Eglinton Crosstown LRV contract and settled their pending arbitration, showing how re-negotiation and compromise can preserve project schedule and quality, cement customer relationships and eliminate financial uncertainty. Under the agreement, Bombardier’s LRV production is dramatically cut from 182 to 76 vehicles. However, Bombardier also secured an … Continue Reading
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