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Caltrain will receive a grant for $21.68 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

The grant will be used to dual equip seven Caltrain trains with Positive Train Control (PTC) systems in order to help commuter and intercity passenger railroads meet the December 31, 2018 deadline to implement PTC systems in order to improve safety.

Caltrain will use the grant to fund improvements to the PTC system that will enable operations south of San Jose on Union Pacific dispatch territory. The PTC solution Caltrain already has in progress is a Communications-Based Overlay Signal System (CBOSS). The grants under this program will be used to install PTC technology, including back office systems and wayside, communications, and onboard hardware equipment associated with railroads' PTC systems.

"PTC is vitally necessary given how many people ride Caltrain every day," said Caltrain General Manager & CEO Jim Hartnett. "This funding will ensure that our riders will continue to get to their destinations safely and securely."

Officials from the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), along with community leaders, broke ground on a new $7.5-million station.

The board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has approved the agency's $6.1 billion budget for fiscal 2018.
The balanced budget increases spending by 1.4 percent over fiscal 2017.

Genesee & Wyoming, Inc., completed its acquisition of the shares of Atlantic Western Transportation, Inc., parent company of Heart of Georgia Railroad, Inc. (HOG).

Union Pacific (UP) is investing approximately $85 million in Illinois infrastructure this year. UP plans to increase safety and efficiency with these improvements.

Amtrak announced preliminary schedule changes in efforts to speed up the infrastructure renewal at New York Penn Station.

A consortium led by General Electric and including Transnet, South Africa, has been named preferred bidder by the government of Nigeria government for a concession to rehabilitate, finance and operate Nigerian Railways' 2178-mile network.

Former United Transportation Union (UTU) Vice President Bruce Wigent passed away on May 25. He was 73 years old.

Kansas City Southern (KCS) announced that it will add four new directors to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. The new directors bring the board to 12 members, of which 11 are independent.

Genesee & Wyoming, Inc., (G&W) announced that John C. Hellmann, president and CEO, was appointed chairman of the Board of Directors.

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