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For Cali HSR: New CEO, $2.8B in cost overruns The California High-Speed Rail Authority on Jan. 17 named Brian P. Kelly as its new chief executive officer, the same day it received a new report that found delays and higher-than-expected costs would inflate the price of the project by $2.8 billion.
TriMet names Kelsey as only GM finalist TriMet's Board of Directors has named current TriMet Chief Operating Officer (COO) Doug Kelsey as the single finalist in the search for a new general manager.
TTC LRV deliveries gaining ground The roller-coaster-ride story of the Toronto Transit Commission's 204-unit Bombardier Flexity Outlook LRV order appears to be leveling off.
Brightline slates fares and service date Brightline announced a new launch date for revenue service as well as schedule and fares for the private South Florida passenger rail operations.
Crude oil leads 2018 carloads week The Association of American Railroads said U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jan. 6 totaled 415,862 carloads and intermodal units, down 4.6% from the year-ago week.

Breaking News

David Warner has been named Northwest Pacific district manager, Seattle office area manager and vice president of WSP USA, formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Kansas City Southern reported record fourth quarter 2017 revenues of $660 million, an increase of 10% from fourth quarter 2016. Overall, carload volumes increased 5% compared to the prior year,…
January 19, 2018

CP sees best-ever Q4

Canadian Pacific Railway had its best-ever fourth quarter, with revenues up 5% to $1.71 billion and an operating ratio of 56.1 for the October-December 2017 period. The Calgary-based company said…
TriMet's Board of Directors has named current TriMet Chief Operating Officer (COO) Doug Kelsey as the single finalist in the search for a new general manager.
Container volume grew 9% in 2017 for the South Carolina Ports Authority, with a record-setting 2.2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEU) handled during the year.

Blogs and More

stark-raving-mad-certifiable—and-no-whimpering
January 18, 2018
Conrail’s Oak Island Yard in Newark, N.J., blew up at 12:14 AM on Jan. 7, 1983, some 35 years ago.
crew-resource-management-cure-for-amtrak’s-safety-woes?
January 10, 2018
Amtrak has a new Executive Vice President and Chief Safety Officer, and he is a former chief safety officer at both Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines. The Jan. 9 appointment of Ken Hylander clearly signals that Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson—also a Northwest and Delta...
staggers-what?-time-for-a-name-change
January 09, 2018
Have others noticed that aside from those few souls conscripted to promote the interests of railroads on Capitol Hill, the term “Staggers Rail Act” has lost its intended meaning?
accidents-that-didn’t-have-to-happen
January 06, 2018
On Dec. 18, 2017, Amtrak 501, the first Cascades passenger train operating over the Point Defiance Bypass in Washington State, careened off the rails as it entered a 30-mph speed-restricted curve at 80 mph. The investigations into the accident’s cause may take a year, even...
the-new-york-times-magazine-the-case-for-the-subway
January 05, 2018
Jonathan Mahler, a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, has written what I believe to be the definitive story of New York City’s subway system, to date. Mahler’s piece, available here in its entirety, is provocative, thought-provoking, and even a bit disturbing. In...

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