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Freight traffic still bouncing back Rail freight traffic continued its recovery, as volume rose consistently during 2017’s first 20 weeks and registered a solid gain for the week ending May 20, the Association of American Railroads reported.
Toronto-Windsor planned as Canada's first high-speed rail line Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced on May 19 that the province will move forward with plans to build Canada’s first high-speed line after a report by David Collenette, Ontario’s special advisor on high-speed rail, concluded the project has a positive business case.
Tri-Rail signs Wabtec for PTC Wabtec Corp. announced it has signed a contract worth about $40 million to design, install, test and commission Positive Train Control (PTC) for the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, operator of the Tri-Rail commuter service.
Sound Transit orders 30 more Siemens LRVs Sound Transit is expanding its partnership with Siemens with an order for 30 additional light rail vehicles for the regional transit system serving Seattle and the central Puget Sound area.
Librera heads MTA Staten Island Railway The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has appointed Sally Librera, a longtime professional in MTA New York City Transit’s Department of Subways operations, to Vice President and Chief Officer of the Staten Island Railway (SIR). She is the first woman to lead SIR; her appointment is effective immediately.

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May 26, 2017
Watco Companies celebrated a new Safety Through Awareness and Training (STAT) Center with a ribbon cutting. The state-of-the-art facility is located in Fairfield, Ala. and will be home to training hundreds of Watco team members each year. The center was created...
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May 26, 2017
The Broward County Board of County Commissioners this week approved Port Everglades’ plans for a $437.5-million expansion – the most expensive capital project in its history – to add new berths for larger cargo ships and install infrastructure for new...
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May 26, 2017
The Metra Board of Directors approved a trio of contracts May 24 that will see inward-facing cameras installed on its system, renovations made to its Hazel Crest Station and work performed on several bridges.    Metra says it was taking steps to...
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May 25, 2017
For the 21st consecutive year, Strato, Inc. is the recipient of TTX Company’s SECO (Supplier Evaluation Committee) Award, placing it in the category of top companies earning the TTX Excellent Supplier designation. The SECO award is for 2016. TTX Company rates...
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May 25, 2017
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has appointed Sally Librera, a longtime professional in MTA New York City Transit’s Department of Subways operations, to Vice President and Chief Officer of the Staten Island Railway (SIR). She is the first...

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May 24, 2017
Railroads and their customers must not leave fate in the hands of a misinformed public.
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May 04, 2017
“Fire burn and caldron bubble … something wicked this way comes”—and it’s neither Shakespeare’s Macbeth nor his lady.
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April 24, 2017
For reasons unspecified other than he may have had enough of dealing with hostile politicians like Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Rail Subcommittee, California High Speed Rail Authority CEO Jeff Morales announced April 21 he is stepping down...
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April 20, 2017
I appreciate a good cup of coffee, especially a cappuccino or espresso (please don’t say expresso, especially in a good Italian restaurant). That’s why I have refused to drink Amtrak coffee, which is like ingesting lube oil—until now.
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April 20, 2017
Ah, to be a public servant fulfilling the boast of Caesar Augustus: “I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.” For the incoming Federal Railroad Administrator, it is best to check ego at the door and accept the pithy...

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