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Second attempt at PRRIA launched The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has introduced H.R. 749, the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015 (PRRIA). The bill, identical to legislation introduced in 2014 by T&I, is described as “bipartisan legislation that improves the infrastructure, reduces costs, creates greater accountability and transparency, leverages private sector resources, and accelerates project delivery for Amtrak and the nation’s passenger rail transportation system.”
North American freight traffic slumps Neither U.S. freight carload traffic nor U.S. intermodal volume posted gains in the week ending February 21, 2015, the Association of American Railroads reported Wednesday, Feb. 25 — while Canada and Mexico also traffic also slipped.
Transnet financing aids big locomotive buy South Africa's Transnet said Monday, March 2, 2015 it has concluded financing to acquire 1,064 locomotives, estimated to cost $4.3 billion, for its Transnet Freight Rail subsidiary, which were ordered from four suppliers one year ago.
Railway Age names 2015 Short Line, Regional Railroads of the Year Railway Age magazine has named Palmetto Railways the 2015 Short Line Railroad of the Year, and Reading & Northern Railroad its 2015 Regional Railroad of the Year. The awards will be presented at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association's (ASLRRA) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, March 29, 2015.
M-1 RFP seeks Detroit streetcar operator M-1 streetcar representatives on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 said the public-private organization has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking an operator for Detroit's 3.3-mile initial streetcar line.

Breaking News

March 03, 2015
As part of its ongoing effort to improve safety at railroad grade crossings, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on Monday, March 2, 2015 announced a first step in a new, multi-faceted campaign aimed at strengthening enforcement and safety awareness at...
March 03, 2015
March 12, 2015 is the groundbreaking date set by supporters of St. Louis Loop Trolley, making the beleaguered project a more likely reality after several setbacks and challenges to the proposed 2.2-mile route. Supporters said Tuesday, March 3, that officials and...
March 03, 2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded New Jersey Transit about $147 million through the Federal Transit Administration's Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program for repair, recovery, and resiliency projects associated with Superstorm Sandy, NJ Transit announced Monday, March, 2, 2015. The...
March 02, 2015
South Africa's Transnet said Monday, March 2, 2015 it has concluded financing to acquire 1,064 locomotives, estimated to cost $4.3 billion, for its Transnet Freight Rail subsidiary, which were ordered from four suppliers one year ago. CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive, China,...
March 02, 2015
Harsco Corp. announced Monday, March 2, 2015 that it has acquired Newton, N.J.-based Protran Technology, providing design and production of safety systems for transportation and industrial applications. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Camp Hill, Pa.-based Harsco Corp. noted Protran's...

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February 26, 2015
American Financial Group's 18-year quest to turn hopelessly unprofitable Amtrak into a gold-coin spewing piñata appears to have met its Waterloo in an emphatic all caps "CASE CLOSED" order of a federal court Feb. 23.
February 19, 2015
Railroads live at the intersection of necessity and disaster—the disaster substantial when dangerous cargo goes boom, is accompanied by a highly visible fireball, or threatens human life through inhalation or skin absorption.
February 11, 2015
Railway Age Blogger (and fellow rail advocate) Lyndon Henry has felt the pain. Last fall he simultaneously celebrated and suffered as he helped defeat a proposal for more passenger rail service in Austin, Texas's state capital.
February 09, 2015
I never get tired of explaining the simple mathematics that govern safe train operations. The more thorough our grasp of the simple mathematics of time, distance, velocity, acceleration, coefficient of friction, etc., the more sophisticated, deeper, more inclusive becomes our knowledge of what we must...
February 06, 2015
Could it be that Republicans in control of Congress might facilitate an end to three decades of productivity sapping legislative fisticuffs between railroads and self-proclaimed captive shippers over an appropriate level of regulatory oversight?