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Gateway: Ball is in Trump’s (and Chao’s) court—and they haven’t picked it up Outgoing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Dec. 14 said that have agreed that their states and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have agreed to contribute $5.55 billion toward the Gateway Program—50% of the massive project’s cost, and placing responsibility with President Donald Trump and the U.S. Department of Transportation to contribute the remaining half.
NCFO union ratifies freight rail contract Members of the National Conference of Firemen & Oilers have ratified their tentative contract agreement with the nation’s major freight railroads.
LIRR 3rd track project goes to 3TC The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (MTA) board has approved a $1.8 billion design-build contract for 3rd Track Constructors (3TC) to complete work on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) expansion project.
Amtrak promotes, adds new executives Amtrak announced a number of appointments – all vice presidents – as part of its recent reorganization under new President and Co-CEO Richard Anderson. The changes come one month after Amtrak offered current staff buyouts as part of a Voluntary Separation Incentive Program as it streamlines staffing.
Conrail restores NJT service in less than three days It took Conrail maintenance-of-way forces less than three days to repair heavy damage to its Lehigh Line, a busy main line used by New Jersey Transit Raritan Valley Line (RVL) passenger trains and CSX and Norfolk Southern freights, following the derailment of a 141-car CSX mixed freight late on the afternoon of Dec. 8.

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Amtrak has selected Penn Station Partners to negotiate a master development deal for Baltimore Penn Station.
Outgoing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Dec. 14 said that have agreed that their states and the Port Authority of New York…
RidgePort Logistics Center, one of the largest rail-served logistics projects in the Chicago area, continues to sign up tenants.
Railhead Corporation, Alsip, Ill., is supplying Caltrain with new Inward Cab cameras, microphones and 4TB storage modules, an upgrade program to be completed by the first quarter of 2018.
Members of the National Conference of Firemen & Oilers have ratified their tentative contract agreement with the nation’s major freight railroads.

Blogs and More

e-hunter-harrison-1944-2017
December 17, 2017
E. Hunter Harrison is gone. Railway Age’s twice-honored Railroader of the Year (2002 and 2015) died unexpectedly on Saturday, Dec. 16, in Wellington, Fla., from what CSX, the railroad that ultimately became the last stop in a long and distinguished career, attributed to “unexpectedly severe...
culture-wars-part-3
December 12, 2017
The National Transportation Safety Board, in its investgation into the April 3, 2016 fatal train accident involving Amtrak train 89 and maintenance-of-way equipment at Chester, Pa., made some damning determinations. I do mean damning, as in “leave your pass with the secretary, clean out your...
$afety-culture?
December 11, 2017
I read with interest Railway Age’s most recent reporting of the failure of Amtrak’s safety culture. From a retired employee’s perspective, let’s admit that the “S” in safety is a dollar sign. Railroads institutionally (not just Amtrak) preach safety but practice inconsistency when it comes...
guest-blog-ntsb-missed-the-mark
December 06, 2017
The NTSB analysis of the 2016 Amtrak backhoe accident on the Northeast Corridor at Chester, Pa., that killed two m/w workers and injured 39 has missed the mark. This incident is by no means the first of its kind.
santa-baby-don’t-forget-the-stb
December 06, 2017
For 54 weeks beginning in 2003, Roger Nober was the lone member of the Surface Transportation Board (STB), tormented that if he discussed cases with himself he would violate the Government in Sunshine Act, which prohibits a quorum from discussing anything of substance outside a...

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