Digest: FTA's use of 'anarchist jurisdiction' label in grant process prompts lawsuit by NYC, Seattle, Portland

News Wire Digest third section for Oct. 23: Modesto station plan gets OK from preservation agencies; CP names grain elevators of the year
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Metro-North trains meet near the Harlem-125th Street station in New York City. Use of an 'anarchist jurisdiction' label as a factor in transit grant decisions has prompted a lawsuit by New York, Seattle, and Portland, Ore.
TRAINS: David Lassen

Friday midday rail news:

FTA grant program leads to suit over 'anarchist jurisdiction' designation

New York City, Seattle, and Portland, Ore., have sued President Donald Trump and several other government officials and agencies over the use of their designation as “anarchist jurisdictions” to block federal funds, calling it an “unconstitutional scheme to strip the cities of federal funding.” A New York Times report says the cities began preparing the lawsuit after the Federal Transit Adminstration published a notice on a grant program for COVID-19 projects said applications would take into consideration the Trump memorandum on the “anarchist” designation [see “Digest: South Shore president expects little impact …,” Trains News Wire, Oct. 15, 2020]. The Times reports the White House and Justice Department declined comment.

Modesto station plans get OK from preservation organizations
Plans to turn the Modesto, Calif., Southern Pacific station built in 1915 into the station for Altamont Corridor Express commuter rail service have been cleared by both the city’s Landmark Preservation Commission and the California Office of Historic Preservation. The Modesto Bee reports the building, currently used as part of Modesto Transportation Center opened in 1993, will receive $5.64 million in repairs and remodeling, including removal of some interior walls to increase waiting-room space, new flooring, heating and cooling, and restrooms. Bids for construction could be requested in early 2021, with the project complete in time for the first ACE trains serving Modeston in 2022.

CP names Elevators of the Year in Canada, U.S.
Canadian Pacific has named the Viterra Gull Lake grain elevator in Saskatchewan and the CHS Northland Grain Hazel, Minn., facility as its Elevator of the Year winners for Canada and the United States for the 2019-20 grain season. The award goes to elevators the achieve high volumes from a single loading point while demonstrating efficient railcar loading and a commitment to safety. "These elevators are leaders in their field and have contributed to CP moving more grain and grain products in this past crop year than ever before, supplying the world with high quality North American products," Joan Hardy, CP vice president sales and marketing, grain and fertilizers, said in a press release.


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