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All Aboard Florida selects GE for signaling, PTC All Aboard Florida (AAF) has selected GE Transportation to design and manufacture signaling, grade crossing and related Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment for its 235-mile higher-speed passenger rail corridor, which will connect Miami with Orlando International Airport.
Streetcars return to Dallas The first phase of Dallas’ modern streetcar system entered revenue service on April 13, 2015, nearly 50 years after the city’s original streetcar system shut down.
Ontario on the move Ontario’s Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GHTA) has entered into a new growth phase, thanks to funding availability, and political leadership that seems to recognize the importance of mobility that’s not tied to highways.
2014 safest year on record The most recent safety statistics released by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in April show that 2014 was the safest year on record for train operations in the United States, in terms of both the number of accidents and the accident rate per million train-miles, for a variety of causes. These numbers include passenger rail, though the majority are freight rail accidents.
NS to Wall Street: Expect lower 1Q 2015 earnings While stating that it “does not forecast earnings, and this announcement is not intended to change that policy,” Norfolk Southern said, in a press release issued immediately after the New York Stock Exchange closing bell on April 13, 2015, that it expects its first-quarter diluted earnings per share to be $1.00, 15% below the same quarter in 2014.

Breaking News

April 17, 2015
The Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) has issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for public review and comment of Tongue River Railroad Company’s (TRRC) proposed construction and operation of an approximately 42-mile new common...
April 17, 2015
Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern (RBMN) Railroad appointed Thomas Cook as Vice President Transportation and Safety, the company announced on April 13, 2015. Cook joins RBMN from CSX Transportation where he retired this past January after a 30-year career in operations...
April 17, 2015
Canadian National Railroad Company (CN) locomotive engineers, represented by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) union, have established a new collective agreement with the company, CN announced on April 16, 2015. The three-year agreement retroactive to Jan. 1, 2015, provides wage...
April 16, 2015
According to figures reported by the Association of American Railroads for the week ending April 11, 2015, freight rail traffic remained relatively flat. Total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 557,812 carloads and intermodal units, down 0.3% compared with the same week...
April 16, 2015
CN has embarked on a C$500 million multi-year capital investment program for infrastructure improvements to its Western Canada feeder rail lines in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. These lines, CN said, “are handling rising volumes of industrial products, natural resources and energy-related...

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April 06, 2015
John Mica, the Republican pol from Florida, alleges something fishy with Amtrak’s hamburger prices. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito have a beef that Amtrak’s president is chosen by a board of directors rather than facing Senate confirmation.
March 26, 2015
Tank car builder The Greenbrier Companies is urging the White House Office of Management and Budget to disregard advice by the company’s own industry trade group, the Railway Supply Institute-Committee on Tank Cars (RSI-CTC), and proceed full speed ahead with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s...
March 26, 2015
Two bills of substantial importance to railroads—Staggers Rail Act revisions as part of reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Board (STB), and extension of the deadline to implement Positive Train Control (PTC)—took meaningful steps forward March 25, gaining the imprimatur of the Senate Commerce Committee.
March 25, 2015
A survey of crude oil science commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy is being cited, rather loosely, by the oil industry’s national lobby to discredit proponents of compulsory treatment of crude oil before it is loaded into railcars.
March 24, 2015
As all good Texas stories require, this one includes beer. While there is no pickup truck or trailer park involved, a railroad and organized labor are prominent. As often is the case, the railroad appears to wear the black hat; its customer the white. And,...