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STB proposing revised arbitration procedures The Surface Transportation Board is proposing to amend existing procedures for the arbitration of disputes before the Board to make those procedures conform to statutory requirements of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2015.
Rail freight traffic: Same stuff, different week North American rail freight traffic remains in the doldrums, the Association of American Railroads reported for the week ending May 21, 2016.
Preparing Denver’s Eagle P3 for flight Denver’s Eagle P3 is one of several major U.S. rail transit initiatives to use a public-private partnership (PPP) approach for an FDBOM (finance, design, build, operate and maintain) project.
Lance Fritz to keynote RSI/CMA 2016 Union Pacific Chairman, President and CEO Lance M. Fritz will be the keynote speaker at the RSI/CMA 2016 Rail Expo & Technical Conference on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 in Omaha, Nebr.
Five new shades of Violet™ Integrating so-called “Big Data” is one of the biggest technical challenges the railroad industry faces over the next few years. It’s estimated that, by 2020, there will be some 44 zettabytes—the equivalent of 640 billion YouTube videos—of available data. New hardware and software tools are being developed to manage such data and, most important, render it useful. Enter Violet™, a new LDARS (Locomotive Data Acquisition Recording System) from Wi-Tronix LLC.

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world-bank-to-finance-indian-station-upgrades
May 31, 2016
The World Bank has agreed to provide a $500 million seed capital loan with a seven-year repayment moratorium to kick-start Indian Railways' (IR) station redevelopment program, which will be financed through a combination of intergovernmental agreements and public-private partnerships. IR has...
freightcar-america-inc-appoints-ted-baun-as-chief-commercial-officer
May 27, 2016
FreightCar America, Inc. announced May 27, 2016 that its Board of Directors has appointed Theodore (Ted) W. Baun as Chief Commercial Officer, effective June 1, 2016. This newly created position expands Baun’s previous responsibilities as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales,...
mars-volume-vs-velocity
May 27, 2016
“Volume vs. Velocity—Managing Change in 2016” will be the theme for the 247th meeting of the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) to be held 
July 11–12, 2016 at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisc. This year’s MARS Summer...
jason-seidl-takeaways-from-the-nars-2016-annual-meeting
May 27, 2016
Cowen and Company Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor Jason Seidl attended the National Association of Rail Shippers (NARS) 2016 Annual Meeting, and offers the following report: The NARS Annual Meeting reinforced our belief that a near-term recovery...
ontario-lrt-ion-lrv-delays-hamilton-alignment-adjustments
May 27, 2016
The jinx that has bedeviled timely delivery of Toronto’s new low-floor LRVs has now struck the Kitchener-Waterloo ION LRT, presently under construction. Meanwhile, the final alignment for Hamilton’s new B Line LRT is close to confirmation. Bombardier, the carbuilder for the...

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a-final-helping-of-amtrak’s-“swedish-meatball”
May 25, 2016
You know you’re getting old when a locomotive that has hauled passenger trains on which you’ve ridden as a adult winds up in a museum.
the-short-the-long-the-skinny-and-the-fat
May 18, 2016
Executive Summary: After one year of investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the cause of the fatal derailment of Amtrak train 188 at Frankford Junction is exactly the same as the cause determined within eight hours by everyone who knows anything about...
no-change-at-long-branch
May 17, 2016
If you’ve been commuting into New York City on New Jersey Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line and your destination has been Penn Station, changing trains at Long Branch, N.J., has been a given since electrification was extended there from South Amboy in the late 1980s.
hunter-harrison-disrupting-the-status-quo
May 10, 2016
National Transportation Policy mandates that railroads be managed efficiently. While railroad performance is reflective of improvement, some railroads excel, with the reasons increasingly under digital scrutiny by activist money managers entrusted with investments of foundations, endowments and pension funds seeking superior returns.
we-don’t-need-more-mergers
May 05, 2016
Now that I have your attention, I’ll say it again: The last thing the North American railroad industry needs for the foreseeable future is the long-talked-about “final round of mergers,” resulting in two gargantuan transcontinental Class I carriers that will still have to deal with...