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Railroad Construction

Construction crews drilled the first shafts last fall for the $1.2 billion phase one of the Chicago Transit Authority's $2.1 billion Red-Purple Modernization Program, the largest capital improvement project in the agency's history. The program will modernize train service on a 9.6-mi.

A groundbreaking ceremony in June kicked off construction of the Clinton, Conn., rail station addition that is projected for completion in January 2021. The $12.5-million project adds a new platform on the north side of the tracks, an "up-and-over" pedestrian bridge/elevator connecting both sides, a ramp to the new platform, a bike shelter and some additional parking.

The Green Line extension is among the most significant expansions undertaken by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in decades. Work is on schedule to open for revenue service by December 2021 and at this point on the more than $2 billion project, approximately 20 percent of it is completed.

Sound Transit and its partners celebrated the start of construction of the 3.4-mi. Downtown Redmond Link Extension, which will extend the Blue Line from Redmond Technology Station into southeast Redmond to its terminus in downtown Redmond. Upon opening in 2024 riders will enjoy fast, frequent and reliable service between the Eastside and Seattle, the University of Washington, Sea-Tac Airport and south Snohomish County.

Construction crews are at work on a southeastern Los Angeles County project that, when completed, is expected to save 15.3 vehicle delay hours daily. The $105.5 million Alameda East-Corridor (ACE) Durfee Avenue Grade Separation Project will separate the roadway and the railroad tracks on Durfee Avenue in the City of Pico Rivera.

Construction began in mid-July for the $34 million, design-build Willmar Wye project, an initiative led by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and its partners — Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF), city of Willmar, Kandiyohi County and the Kandiyohi County and city of Willmar Economic Development Commission.

NEW YORK (AP) The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey authorized more than $4 billion in rail projects, including a new rail link to LaGuardia Airport that had been a source of contentious debate in recent years. The new train connecting midtown Manhattan to LaGuardia and a replacement for Newark Liberty International Airport's monorail will cost about $2 billion each.

Walsh Construction and joint venture partner Fluor Corporation have broken ground on Phase One of the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Red and Purple Line Modernization Program. The $2.1 billion project is the largest capital improvement in the history of the CTA.

The long-awaited project to connect Las Vegas to Southern California via rail is on the brink of coming to fruition. Orignally a part of XpressWest, the project was acquired by Brightline, now Virgin Trains USA, in 2018. Bob O'Malley, vice president of corporate development, Virgin Trains USA, has announced that the rail project is on target to begin in mid 2020, subject to financing.

The Seven County Infrastructure Coalition Board voted to add a new preliminary route to the environmental study being conducted for the Uinta Basin Railway. The Coalition will request that the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB), the lead federal agency that is responsible for preparing the environmental impact statement in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), consider this new route in addition to the routes already being considered.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California officials moved toward awarding a $1.65 billion contract to design and construct the tracks and system for the first segment of its beleaguered high-speed rail project. The action taken by the California High-Speed Rail Authority's board of directors was a first step in moving ahead with a contract they hope to award by next summer.