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Railroads free, leave us be! Freedom from excessive regulation helped transform the freight railroads into the most cost effective of all transportation modes. There’s no reason to change that.
Industry leaders converge at Rail Insights conference Railway Age was in Chicago June 17-18 at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel for its first-annual Rail Insights conference, structured as a series of conversations with industry leaders who, with Railway Age’s experienced team of editors, engaged in an interactive dialogue to explore the challenges, issues and trends affecting the North American rail market.
Senate passes S.808 The U.S. Senate on June 19, 2015 passed S.808, the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015, which would authorize appropriations for STB programs, establish the STB as a government agency independent of the Department of Transportation, and authorize other key changes in the agency’s operations.
Toronto’s troubled trolleys The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has been experiencing significant delivery delays and quality control issues with its 204-unit order of new low-floor LRVs from Bombardier Transportation Canada Inc. The contract, valued at an estimated $C1.2 billion, was awarded to Bombardier in June 2009, with assembly to be completed at its Thunder Bay (Ontario) plant.
New rail study: “Policy must tolerate market power” For more than three decades, railroad regulators have used the same method to determine which shippers are captive; and, if so, to determine a remedy to limit railroad market power and assure rates charged captive shippers are reasonable.

Breaking News

July 02, 2015
The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has been awarded $31.9 million from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), the agency announced July 1, 2015. The MTS is one of only 14 projects in the state funded by the...
July 02, 2015
Reading & Northern Railroad (R&N) filed suit against the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority (JRA) in Northumberland County Court on June 26, 2015 for allegations that include illegally competing against R&N and other for-profit businesses. The suit points out that JRA was...
July 02, 2015
In reporting weekly U.S. rail traffic, as well as volumes for June 2015 and the first six months of 2015, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) revealed on July 1, 2015 that U.S. carload traffic in June dropped 7.7%, while...
July 01, 2015
Winners of the 2015 edition of Metra’s Safety Poster and Essay Contest were honored June 17, 2015 at the June meeting of the Metra Board of Directors. Sixteen first-place winners from across the Metra service area were introduced to the Board...
July 01, 2015
The Greenbrier Companies Inc. (GBRX), Lake Oswego, Ore., released its financial results July 1, 2015, for its third fiscal quarter, which ended on May 31, 2015. The results show net earnings attributable to GBRX for the quarter were $42.8 million, or...

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Blogs and More

July 02, 2015
The following are comments by Michael R. Weinman, Managing Director, PTSI Transportation, in response to the “reasoned and considered thoughts” expressed by Dr. Francis P. Mulvey in the Guest Blog published by Railway Age on June 30, 2015, “We must do something transformational about...
June 30, 2015
Amtrak’s May 12th Philadelphia train derailment has renewed focus on funding Amtrak. With more than 200 people injured and eight fatalities, the debate has shifted from “Can we agree to do anything for Amtrak?” to “How much can we agree to do for Amtrak?”
June 23, 2015
Following almost six months of unemployment, and nearly a year of dining on the gristle of uncertainty, Dan Elliott is returning to the Surface Transportation Board following voice-vote Senate confirmation June 22. President Obama previously said he would rename Elliott as agency chairman upon confirmation....
June 19, 2015
High school graduation. Time for friends, family, celebration, and taking senior photos and videos. Lots of young people seek the perfect artistic backdrop: a “vanishing vista.” What better, more artistic vanishing vista is there than railroad tracks diminishing into the distance, right?
June 18, 2015
A large percentage of the general public, specifically, the passenger-train-riding public, does not understand Positive Train Control—if they’ve even heard of it. For that matter, neither do many of the legislators that imposed the year-end PTC implementation deadline, but that’s another story. And neither do...