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Railroads free, leave us be! Freedom from excessive regulation helped transform the freight railroads into the most cost effective of all transportation modes. There’s no reason to change that.
Industry leaders converge at Rail Insights conference Railway Age was in Chicago June 17-18 at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel for its first-annual Rail Insights conference, structured as a series of conversations with industry leaders who, with Railway Age’s experienced team of editors, engaged in an interactive dialogue to explore the challenges, issues and trends affecting the North American rail market.
Senate passes S.808 The U.S. Senate on June 19, 2015 passed S.808, the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015, which would authorize appropriations for STB programs, establish the STB as a government agency independent of the Department of Transportation, and authorize other key changes in the agency’s operations.
Toronto’s troubled trolleys The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has been experiencing significant delivery delays and quality control issues with its 204-unit order of new low-floor LRVs from Bombardier Transportation Canada Inc. The contract, valued at an estimated $C1.2 billion, was awarded to Bombardier in June 2009, with assembly to be completed at its Thunder Bay (Ontario) plant.
New rail study: “Policy must tolerate market power” For more than three decades, railroad regulators have used the same method to determine which shippers are captive; and, if so, to determine a remedy to limit railroad market power and assure rates charged captive shippers are reasonable.

Breaking News

rep-lipinski-introduces-new-freight-research-legislation
June 30, 2015
Addressing the need for increased national freight research, U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) introduced on June 29, 2015 legislation aimed at improving freight mobility through transportation research and strategic planning. H.R. 2886, or the Future Transportation Research and Innovation for Prosperity...
union-pearson-express-powered-by-cummins
June 30, 2015
With the launch of Union Pearson Express (UPE) connecting Lester B. Pearson International Airport to Toronto Union Station on June 6, the Cummins QSK19-R becomes the first railcar diesel engine produced in North America certified to meet U.S. Environmental Protection...
toronto’s-troubled-trolleys
June 29, 2015
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has been experiencing significant delivery delays and quality control issues with its 204-unit order of new low-floor LRVs from Bombardier Transportation Canada Inc. The contract, valued at an estimated $C1.2 billion, was awarded to Bombardier...
fra-and-google-team-up-on-grade-crossing-safety
June 29, 2015
Google has agreed to partner with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on grade crossing safety, the agency announced on June 29, 2015. Google will use the FRA’s GIS data that pinpoints nearly every rail crossing in the country (approximately 250,000) so...
cagtc-applauds-senate-support-of-multimodal-goods-movement
June 29, 2015
U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Cory Booker (N-N.J.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced on June 25, 2015, a proposal creating a national multimodal freight policy and investment program. Much of the bill, S.1680, dubbed the National Multimodal and...

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Blogs and More

amtrak-we-must-do-something-transformational-now
June 30, 2015
Amtrak’s May 12th Philadelphia train derailment has renewed focus on funding Amtrak. With more than 200 people injured and eight fatalities, the debate has shifted from “Can we agree to do anything for Amtrak?” to “How much can we agree to do for Amtrak?”
unemployed-no-more-elliott-returns-to-stb
June 23, 2015
Following almost six months of unemployment, and nearly a year of dining on the gristle of uncertainty, Dan Elliott is returning to the Surface Transportation Board following voice-vote Senate confirmation June 22. President Obama previously said he would rename Elliott as agency chairman upon confirmation....
when-vanishing-vistas-=-vaporized-students
June 19, 2015
High school graduation. Time for friends, family, celebration, and taking senior photos and videos. Lots of young people seek the perfect artistic backdrop: a “vanishing vista.” What better, more artistic vanishing vista is there than railroad tracks diminishing into the distance, right?
ptc-for-the-masses
June 18, 2015
A large percentage of the general public, specifically, the passenger-train-riding public, does not understand Positive Train Control—if they’ve even heard of it. For that matter, neither do many of the legislators that imposed the year-end PTC implementation deadline, but that’s another story. And neither do...
control-the-speed-of-the-train-period
June 15, 2015
The National Transportation Safety Board, in a second update of the May 12 fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, announced that it found no indication that the locomotive engineer of train no. 188 was using his cell phone to talk or text while operating the train....