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Alstom lands Amtrak next-gen NEC trainset contract No surprise, thanks to Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) very public visit to Alstom’s Hornell, N.Y. manufacturing plant on Sept. 21, 2015: Amtrak, as expected, has contracted with Alstom to supply 28 “next-generation high-speed” trainsets that will replace popular yet aging and technically problematic Acela Express equipment.
MTA’s Prendergast at NGTC: “Nothing more important than CBTC and PTC” As an agency with extensive rapid transit (New York City Transit) and regional/commuter rail (Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North) networks, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority is deeply involved both with CBTC (communications-based train control) and federally mandated PTC (positive train control).
Amsted Rail, GE form strategic partnership Amsted Rail and GE Transportation have formed a joint venture “to combine GE’s experience in train management and locomotive monitoring with Amsted Rail’s expertise in onboard monitoring of railcar component condition,” the companies said in an announcement. It’s “the first ever integrated onboard train monitoring platform for the freight rail industry.”
STB releases SAC rate reasonableness methodology study A Surface Transportation Board study on the Board’s SAC (stand-alone cost) rate reasonableness methodology is complete and can be downloaded at the link below.
AAR: Total weekly U.S. rail traffic down 4.8% The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today for the week ending September 24, 2016, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 539,609 carloads and intermodal units, down 4.8% compared with the same week last year.

Breaking News

mid-coast-transit-contractors-awarded-18-million-san-diego-contract
September 30, 2016
Skanska announced on September 30 that Mid-Coast Transit Contractors – a joint venture of Stacy and Witbeck, Herzog and Skanska – has been awarded a $921.8 million construction manager/general contractor contract from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to...
chicagos-red-line-extension-project-to-130th-street-moves-forward
September 30, 2016
The Chicago Transit Authority announced on September 29 a series of upcoming events that will advance the Red Line Extension Project, a plan to extend Red Line rail service to 130th Street from 95th Street including building four new rail...
canada-to-finance-angolan-locomotive-order
September 30, 2016
Canada’s export credit agency, Export Development Canada (EDC), has agreed to provide Angola with a $US 429.5 million loan to finance the purchase of 100 locomotives from General Electric (GE), according to an authorization granted by presidential order. The order authorises...
la-expo-line-phase-2-certified-“green”
September 29, 2016
The Los Angeles County MTA (LACMTA) Expo Line Phase 2 LRT extension has become the first transit project to receive Envision™ Platinum certification from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). Representatives of construction and development firm Skanska, which was part of...
mbta-develops-innovation-proposal-policy
September 29, 2016
The MBTA connects some of the country's busiest universities with the downtown business community and the heart of the state's thriving technology sector, and now it wants to establish a process for those groups to suggest ways to improve the...

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preventing-not-chasing-the-ambulance
September 30, 2016
The Sept. 29th NJ Transit accident in Hoboken will, of courser, trigger another round of the now-usual “how could its,” “should nevers,” “told yous,” “failure to properly regulates,” “lack of trusts,” “insufficient crew members,” “inadequate trainings” “cost/benefits,” from the usual parties, most of whom are...
hillary-and-trump-are-you-paying-attention-to-us?
September 06, 2016
Hey, Mr. Trump! Yeah you! The guy with the odd orange hairdo. You interested in supporting an American industry that invests billions of private capital, building worthwhile things, instead of constructing that ridiculous, narcissism-inspired, “beautiful” Mexico-financed wall you want to erect on our border with...
stb-dysfunction-menaces-revenue-adequacy
September 06, 2016
If you think a theater of the absurd is limited to presidential candidates less popular than the Grinch who stole Christmas, you’re missing Surface Transportation Board (STB) dysfunction where Chairman Dan Elliott’s leadership is infuriating fellow Democrat Deb Miller and Republican member Ann Begeman.
pokémon-go-walk-in-front-of-a-moving-train
August 25, 2016
It’s unsettling, and very weird, I tell you. People—children, adults, teenagers—walking around, even driving, oblivious to their surroundings, fixated on their smartphones, looking for goofy little virtual characters called Pokémons (is that short for “poke me in the eye”?).
déjà-vu-once-again-for-intermodal
August 18, 2016
Watching Washington, August 2016 Railway Age: Between the euphoria of achievement and the agony of despair resides intermodal—the rail carriage of trailers and containers that have prior and/or subsequent transport by other modes. It’s no new kid on the block.