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U.S. rail traffic keeps on keeping on Freight rail traffic continued to increase for North America's three largest economies in the week ending Oct. 18, 2014, led by strong U.S. rail gains, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported Thursday, Oct. 23.
UP 3Q profit rises Union Pacific said Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 its third-quarter earnings rose 19% measured against the comparable quarter in 2013, to $1.37 billion, or $1.53 per share, from $1.15 billion, or $1.24 per share, a year ago.
RSI stats show 3Q14 car orders break record The Railway Supply Institute on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 released its railcar industry order, delivery, and backlog statistics for the third quarter, noting the quarter was the largest ever for car orders, notching 42,900 cars.
Class I employment up in September Figures released by the Surface Transportation Board on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, show total Class I railroad employment as of mid-September 2014 rose 3.35% to 168,703, from mid-September 2013, and also added 715 positions from mid-August 2014, a rise of 0.43%.
MassDOT taps China's CNR for MBTA cars Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and the state Department of Transportation were poised Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, to approve a $566.6 million contract for CNR Changchun to supply 284 rapid transit cars for Boston's "T" system.

Breaking News

October 24, 2014
Canadian Pacific’s Holiday Train program is returning to the rails for a 16th year to raise money, provide food, and promote awareness for food banks and hunger issues across Canada and the U.S. Since 1999, the program has raised close...
October 24, 2014
Kevin B. Myles has joined Marsh, a global provider insurance brokering and risk management, as a Vice President in its Global Rail Practice. Myles brings to Marsh more than 25 years of experience in freight and passenger railroad operations, with specialties...
October 24, 2014
New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Construction has received a Brunel Commendation for the Fulton Transportation Center. This was the only U.S. recognition out of 92 entries received from 14 countries for the 12th Brunel Awards competition for excellence in...
October 24, 2014
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has inducted Parsons Brinckerhoff Senior Advisor Ronald J. Tober into its Hall of Fame. The APTA Hall of Fame “is reserved for individuals who have long and distinguished careers in the industry, who have made...
October 24, 2014
AXION International Holdings, Inc. (AXIH), a supplier of recycled-plastic and plastic-composite ECOTRAX® ties and STRUXURE® building products, and a vertically integrated re-processor and supplier of recycled plastic, has received an order worth approximately $377,000 from a West Coast rail...

Blogs and More

October 21, 2014
Jettison the biases and stereotypes before you head to Houston, my brother-in-law cautioned me last month as I prepared for APTA Expo 2014. "It's really grown up; it's a real city now," he offered.
October 14, 2014
At age 70, when most of his contemporaries have retired, Canadian Pacific (CP) Chairman Hunter Harrison is plotting his legacy—a seamless North American transcontinental rail duopoly initiated by his proposed CP-CSX merger.
October 10, 2014
Back about 30 months ago I explained why I, and a number of other rail transit supporters, were critical of a plan for "urban rail" then taking shape from the official planning process here in Austin, Texas. (See Austin LRT plan criticized ... by rail advocates.)
October 10, 2014
"Tawdry," is how one Washington transportation attorney describes the self-interest assaults by powerful congressional lawmakers on federal regulatory agency officials.
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.