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Alstom lands Amtrak next-gen NEC trainset contract No surprise, thanks to Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) very public visit to Alstom’s Hornell, N.Y. manufacturing plant on Sept. 21, 2015: Amtrak, as expected, has contracted with Alstom to supply 28 “next-generation high-speed” trainsets that will replace popular yet aging and technically problematic Acela Express equipment.
MTA’s Prendergast at NGTC: “Nothing more important than CBTC and PTC” As an agency with extensive rapid transit (New York City Transit) and regional/commuter rail (Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North) networks, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority is deeply involved both with CBTC (communications-based train control) and federally mandated PTC (positive train control).
Amsted Rail, GE form strategic partnership Amsted Rail and GE Transportation have formed a joint venture “to combine GE’s experience in train management and locomotive monitoring with Amsted Rail’s expertise in onboard monitoring of railcar component condition,” the companies said in an announcement. It’s “the first ever integrated onboard train monitoring platform for the freight rail industry.”
STB releases SAC rate reasonableness methodology study A Surface Transportation Board study on the Board’s SAC (stand-alone cost) rate reasonableness methodology is complete and can be downloaded at the link below.
AAR: Total weekly U.S. rail traffic down 5.1% The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported total weekly U.S. rail traffic for the week ending September 17, 2016 was 537,904 carloads and intermodal units, down 5.1% compared with the same week last year.

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September 26, 2016
Canadian Pacific reports it's well-positioned and ready to move this year's western Canadian grain crop, which is forecast to be significantly bigger than the five-year average, to market. CP is calling on all supply chain partners to work collaboratively to continue...
September 23, 2016
The Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) on September 22 released an independent study it commissioned from InterVISTAS Consulting LLC that examined the STB’s approach to freight rail rate regulation and options for simplification of that approach. Edward R. Hamberger,...
September 23, 2016
Gregory A. Kelly, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. and Latin America region of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, has been named the 2016 Gallery of Success awardee by Temple University’s College of Engineering. Kelly oversees a workforce of 7,500...
September 23, 2016
Cover story, September issue: Like most Class I railroads, Union Pacific has had to make adjustments to deal with sharp declines in coal and other commodities. While its $3.75 billion 2016 capital program is lower than last year’s, it upholds...
September 23, 2016
A Surface Transportation Board study on the Board’s SAC (stand-alone cost) rate reasonableness methodology is complete and can be downloaded at the link below. The Board commissioned the 181-page study from InterVISTAS Consulting LLC (a Canadian firm, and reportedly the only...

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September 06, 2016
Hey, Mr. Trump! Yeah you! The guy with the odd orange hairdo. You interested in supporting an American industry that invests billions of private capital, building worthwhile things, instead of constructing that ridiculous, narcissism-inspired, “beautiful” Mexico-financed wall you want to erect on our border with...
September 06, 2016
If you think a theater of the absurd is limited to presidential candidates less popular than the Grinch who stole Christmas, you’re missing Surface Transportation Board (STB) dysfunction where Chairman Dan Elliott’s leadership is infuriating fellow Democrat Deb Miller and Republican member Ann Begeman.
August 25, 2016
It’s unsettling, and very weird, I tell you. People—children, adults, teenagers—walking around, even driving, oblivious to their surroundings, fixated on their smartphones, looking for goofy little virtual characters called Pokémons (is that short for “poke me in the eye”?).
August 18, 2016
Watching Washington, August 2016 Railway Age: Between the euphoria of achievement and the agony of despair resides intermodal—the rail carriage of trailers and containers that have prior and/or subsequent transport by other modes. It’s no new kid on the block.
August 09, 2016
Last December, in my From the Editor magazine column (“Time to choose a name,” December 2015), I attempted to explain how CSX was named.