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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.
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.
Transdev wins Florida Tri-Rail maintenance deal The board of South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) has awarded Transdev's U.S. rail infrastructure maintenance subsidiary, VTMI  a $161 million contract to maintain track, signaling, and structures on the 71-mile Tri-Rail regional rail line from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale and Miami, on Florida's east coast.
Metrolink crash injures dozens, five critically A Metrolink train on the system's Ventura County Line hit a truck abandoned at a road-rail grade crossing near Oxnard, Calif., Tuesday morning, Feb. 24, 2015, resulting in numerous injuries, among them four passengers and the train's engineer in critical condition.

Breaking News

m-1-rfp-seeks-detroit-streetcar-operator
February 26, 2015
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. M-1 has scheduled a preproposal conference for March 13, with RFPs due for...
orlando-sunrail-expansion-faces-delay
February 26, 2015
SunRail regional ("commuter") train service expansions south of the current system into Florida's Osceola County, and north to DeLand, face potential delays of at least six months, Florida's Department of Transportation says. Delays in securing $126 million in federal funding assistance...
north-american-freight-traffic-slumps-in-latest-week
February 25, 2015
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. U.S. freight carload traffic for...
tank-car-builder-chooses-nyab-db-60-ii-with-brake-cylinder-maintaining
February 25, 2015
New York Air Brake (NYAB) shipped its first DB-60 II air brake control valves equipped with its new Brake Cylinder Maintaining (BCM™) feature on Feb. 23, 2015. The valves will be installed in new CPC-1232-spec tank cars designed to carry...
genesee-wyoming-to-acquire-freightliner
February 25, 2015
Darien, Conn.-based Genesee  & Wyoming announced Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, that it has agreed to acquire a 95% stake in Britain's Freightliner Group from Arcapita and other shareholders for $755 million in cash. G&W will assume around £8.5 million in net debt...

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fini-to-saga-of-amtraks-common-stock
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.
better-rail-safety?-buck-stops-with-the-senate
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.
another-view-not-mine-of-austins-rail-travails
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.
votes-media-time-press-clippings—or-safety?
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...
can-sen-thune-mediate-a-rail-shipper-cease-fire?
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?