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ACS-64 technical support agreement under way The Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector, Rail Systems Division has begun its 15-year technical support and spare parts supply agreement with Amtrak for the new ACS-64 electric locomotives in operation on the Northeast Corridor. The first of 70 units entered revenue service in February 2014.
Norfolk Southern recognized for carbon disclosure Norfolk Southern Corp. said Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 it has "earned recognition recently from environmental nonprofit CDP as a marketplace leader in carbon disclosure, reflecting the railroad's broad integration of sustainable business practices into daily operations."
InnoTrans 2014 touts "major success" As InnoTrans 2014 drew to a close on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, show sponsors claimed the event was "the best InnoTrans to date" and hailed the Berlin-based event as a "major success."
CN sells Georgetown-Kitchener line segment to Metrolinx Metrolinx, the Province of Ontario’s regional transportation agency for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), is purchasing the 33-mile Georgetown-Kitchener segment of CN’s Guelph Subdivision.
Record intermodal paces U.S. freight gains U.S. freight rail traffic for the week ending Sept. 20, 2014 kept rising from levels of a year ago, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, Sept. 25. As per the previous week, this most recent week's intermodal volume set a record high for U.S. railroads, breaking the previous record of the week before, AAR said.

Breaking News

aar-comments-to-phmsa-stress-efficiency-as-well-as-safety
October 01, 2014
The Association of American Railroads on Sept. 30, 2014 submitted its comments on the U.S. Department of Transportation-Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) on standards for tank cars carrying flammable liquids such as crude...
instep-software-and-wi-tronix-in-collaboration
October 01, 2014
Wi-Tronix, LLC has announced "a new collaboration" with InStep Software "allowing Wi-Tronix to utilize InStep's PRiSM predictive asset analytics software in the company's locomotive remote monitoring services." Bolingbrook, Ill.-based Wi-Tronix, a supplier of wireless monitoring products for the railroad industry, is adding...
metra-reopens-downers-grove-station-platforms
October 01, 2014
Metra reopened station platforms at its Downers Grove (Ill.) Main Street Station Wednesday morning, Oct. 1, 2014. Metra noted that construction work was not yet complete; replacement of the east end of both platforms "will resume in 2015," it said. Metra...
ground-broken-for-la-regional-connector
October 01, 2014
Federal, state, and local Los Angeles officials – along with a Hollywood personality – gathered Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 to mark the construction launch of the Regional Connector, a 1.9-mile underground tunnel designed to unite LA's light rail transit lines. The...
metro-north-eyes-more-bridge-repairs
September 30, 2014
Mount Vernon, N.Y., and Metro-North Railroad have agreed to repair or replace three rail bridges on the New Haven Line at a cost of $10 million. Funding will come largely from Metro-North parent Metropolitan Transportation Authority's capital budget, although the latest...

Blogs and More

is-fra’s-szabo-headed-to-the-stb?
September 29, 2014
Joe Szabo, the former union boss and now embattled Federal Railroad Administrator, may be on his way out—to another federal railroad regulatory agency, actually, if rumors involving his former Chicago condo neighbor and friend, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), are correct.
federal-hazmat-regulator-awol-from-north-dakota-oilfields
September 26, 2014
Whatever the unrevealed reasons for Cynthia Quarterman’s (pictured) Oct. 3, 2014 departure as head of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a change at the top may reverse the federal regulator’s much-criticized lethargy in fixing the core cause of exploding oil trains.
senate-odd-fellows-unite-to-pack-surface-transportation-board
September 17, 2014
An Iraqi proverb reads, “Show them death and they will accept a fever.”
so-you-want-to-know-my-opinion?
September 14, 2014
Somebody asked me my opinion, and you know how dangerous that can be...
rockefeller’s-last-stand
September 11, 2014
Congress is about to adjourn for its single-most-important function these days as mid-term elections loom: getting re-elected. That means it’s time to get down to some serious last-minute, constituent-coddling activities, like proposing legislation beating down the big, bad, monopolistic freight railroads, which, along with their...