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MBCR heads to court over MBTA rail contract MBCR (Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad), contract operator of Boston’s commuter rail system since July 2003, has gone to court in an attempt to block the MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) from awarding a new contract to a competitor.

Thank goodness he wasn’t injured or killed, but Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) needs to practice what he preaches about train safety. Video from KHON2 shows Blumenthal in the midst of a press conference on train safety at Metro-North’s Milford, Conn., Northeast...
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Kevin R. Collins, PE, has joined HNTB Corp. as Project Director and Vice President. Collins brings two decades of transportation industry experience, focusing on delivery of passenger rail projects, including light rail, commuter rail, and streetcar projects, several in excess...
The National Transportation Safety Board recently released an open letter to MTA Metro-North Railroad containing its initial safety recommendations derived from the ongoing investigation into the Dec. 1, 2013 derailment of train 8808, which killed four passengers and injured 59. The...
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Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) has maintained that success of its passenger rail startup in its California namesake counties was ultimately linked to ferry service to and from San Francisco. That vision now has been endorsed by the Metropolitan Transportation...
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MTA Long Island Rail Road has launched a $120 million construction program designed to protect the railroad's Long Beach Branch from the kind of devastating damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. 'To better fortify the branch, construction is starting on...

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has unveiled a six-year, $8.6-billion capital construction program plan consisting of federal, state, and local funds. The plan incorporates $1.85 billion for public transportation. While most of the Fiscal Years 2015-2020 plan is earmarked for 1,845 miles...
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MTA Metro-North Railroad has appointed three industry veterans to executive posts in its transportation, mechanical, and engineering divisions, as part of a major reorganization, newly appointed President Joe Giulietti announced in early April. Amtrak and New Jersey Transit veteran Kevin J....
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Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) on March 8, 2014 launched a new public service advertising campaign called See Tracks? Think Train! that aims to reduce pedestrian and driver injuries and fatalities around railroad tracks by highlighting behaviors that put people at...
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Connecticut's Department of Transportation (CDOT) will solicit proposals for an operator for Amtrak's New Haven-Hartford-Springfield route beginning in 2016, according to Gov. Dannel Malloy. The RFP will be issued within the next year. Potential operator candidates include Amtrak and Metro-North Railroad....
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Railhead Corp. said it has been selected by SunRail to provide Locomotive Digital Video Recorder (LDVR) systems for the Orlando, Fla., metropolitan area regional rail service, slated to begin service later this year. Railhead said the LDVRs, cameras, and microphones will...