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"Fall peak" changes for the rail industry, also Surface Transportation Board Chairman Daniel R. Elliott III is discontinuing the practice of sending an annual letter to the railroad industry asking Class I and other railroads to comment on their end-of-year outlook for traffic volumes and operations. The Chairman’s decision “reflects changes that have occurred in the rail industry since mid-2000, and also the weekly reporting of service performance data to the agency by Class I railroads,” STB said.

california-pushes-forward-sustainable-freight-action-plan
Evolving from an Executive Order issued last year by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and a draft version issued in May 2016, California has now released its Sustainable Freight Action Plan, a blueprint for moving the state’s multi-billion-dollar freight transport...
ecp-brakes-money-politics-and-oregon
Financial Edge, Railway Age, August 2016: Ah those midsummer doldrums. Hopefully, loyal readers are able to take a needed respite and page through your favorite magazine by a pool or a beach, slathered in sunblock or buried in shade. ...
california-caps-and-trades-4-million-for-rail
As California's Cap and Trade program of greenhouse gas emissions advances, rail projects receive development grants: On August 16, the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) announced 14 recipients for the 2016 Transit and Intercity Capital Program (TIRCP) grants. Of the...
fta-makes--million-available-for-safety-grants
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has $7 million in grants available to support efforts that enhance the safety of transit workers and passengers. The grants are funded through the Safety Research & Demonstration (SRD) Program and help fund research on new...
fra-awards--million-for-ptc-implementation
Eleven projects across six states and the District of Columbia will receive grants from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to assist in the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC). FRA awarded $25 million to the projects, as appropriated by Congress for...

fta-makes--million-available-for-safety-grants
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has $7 million in grants available to support efforts that enhance the safety of transit workers and passengers. The grants are funded through the Safety Research & Demonstration (SRD) Program and help fund research on new...
fra-awards--million-for-ptc-implementation
Eleven projects across six states and the District of Columbia will receive grants from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to assist in the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC). FRA awarded $25 million to the projects, as appropriated by Congress for...
aar-doubles-down-on-fra-crew-size-proposal
In comments submitted August 16 in response to a July 15th public hearing, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) again urged the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to withdraw its proposed rule mandating two-person crews on railroads. The AAR also called...
pennsylvania-to-allocate-9-billion-to-statewide-transportation-improvements
Pennsylvania’s State Transportation Commission (STC) has announced updates to the state’s 12-Year Transportation program, effective Oct. 1. The revised plan anticipates $61.9 billion toward improvements to railroads, bridges, roads, transit systems and airports. The last update in 2014 anticipated $63.3 billion...
fta-issues-public-transportation-safety-program-final-rule
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued the Public Transportation Safety Program final rule on August 11th. It establishes procedural rules for FTA to administer a comprehensive safety program to improve the safety of federally-funded public transportation...