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Report: NEC New York tunnels need major work
A new engineering report details damage to the Amtrak-owned Hudson (“North”) River and East River tunnels following Superstorm Sandy and recommends a phased process to take individual tubes out of service for extended periods to perform the work required “to maintain reliability of train movements in and out of New York City” and Penn Station New York. The tunnels (two under the Hudson, four under the East River) were built by the Pennsylvania Railroad and opened in 1910.
FEIS, ROD issued for CREATE 75th St. CIP
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued a combined Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) for the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (75th Street CIP). The 75th Street CIP...
Siemens equipping Amtrak NJHSRIP project
Amtrak has contracted with Siemens to build a new Sitras SFC Plus static frequency converter for upgrading its Metuchen traction power facility in northern New Jersey, along the Northeast Corridor. The order includes the delivery, installation, commissioning, and integration of...
Cummins showcases passenger engine lineup at APTA
Cummins Inc. is presenting its engine lineup for public transportation customers at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Expo in Houston. Products available for both transit bus and rail markets are on display, “representing the diverse portfolio of Cummins diesel...
Sen. Durbin emerging as STB chairman's nemesis
"Tawdry," is how one Washington transportation attorney describes the self-interest assaults by powerful congressional lawmakers on federal regulatory agency officials. Indeed, a 2008 Surface Transportation Board (STB) decision permitting the acquisition by Canadian National of regional railroad Elgin, Joliet & Eastern...
Amtrak's new wheels hit the rails
New locomotives and rolling stock have finally begun to arrive on the property. Suppliers and other Amtrak supporters say more is needed. "Shovel-ready projects" were the buzzwords in 2009, when a new presidential administration suggested it valued Amtrak's worth to the nation...
Caltrain electrification design-build gets nod
California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., has signed California Senate Bill (SB) 785, legislation that allows the Caltrain electrification project to proceed as a design/build procurement. The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board’s (Caltrain’s owner/operator) authority to issue design/build contracts expires...
Report: NEC New York tunnels need major work
A new engineering report details damage to the Amtrak-owned Hudson (“North”) River and East River tunnels following Superstorm Sandy and recommends a phased process to take individual tubes out of service for extended periods to perform the work required “to...
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...
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." "Once again, InnoTrans was able to build on its...
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. The purchase price of the line segment, which is principally used by GO Transit regional/commuter...
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