Railway Age Blogs

ref-2014-what’s-moving-in-what-and-why
March 07, 2014
It is a truth universally acknowledged that railroads exist to haul stuff. Market share and operating ratios are about how stuff is moved, and finance is about how you pay for moving stuff and, more important, what you move all that stuff in. That’s why...
bus-rapid-transit-precursor-to-rail-or-obstacle?
March 05, 2014
For decades, even when it was designated by other euphemisms such as "enhanced bus", so-called "bus rapid transit" (BRT) was repeatedly hyped as a kind of interim service on the way to light rail transit (LRT).
api-emphasizing-collaboration-not-confrontation
February 20, 2014
Following the recent, unrelated series of crude oil train derailments that resulted in fires, explosions, and in the case of Lac-Mégantic, tragedy and death, CBR (crude by rail) has come under intense scrutiny by regulatory and safety agencies, legislators, the media, the public, the oil...
mexico-to-its-rail-franchisees-“yanqui-go-home”
February 20, 2014
At the turn of the 20th century, seven-term Mexican President Porfirio Diaz is cited as having complained, “Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States.”
love-on-the-train-ain’t-no-surprise
February 14, 2014
Save me a seat, and I’ll look into your eyes . . . . My apologies to Neil Diamond.

fly-drive-focus-augments-us-weather-wimpdom
February 13, 2014
The winds at my back from the north actually aided my trip to work this snowy Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, also allowing me great visibility since the snow also attacked from behind. It is, as I write this, a gorgeous day for those of us...
send-iron-horses-to-glue-factory-nitl
February 10, 2014
Frustrated that rail rates are higher than desired by its members, and failing to convince Congress to repeal Staggers Rail Act provisions providing carriers greater rate-making freedoms, the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) is attempting a Hail Mary, asking the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to...
flawed-state-department-report-twists-rail-safety-stats
February 04, 2014
Proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline exulted while statisticians expressed dismay at the U.S. State Department’s dramatic assertion the week of Jan. 26 that failure to approve the proposed pipeline could cause an additional six persons per year to be killed by crude oil trains.
if-crude-by-rail-why-not-water?
January 31, 2014
I can’t help but watch the wildfires and water shortages taking place in California and wonder if BNSF and Union Pacific, and perhaps a few of their shippers, are able to respond to this drought with the same urgency with which they’ve answered the call...
lirr-is-no-1-again-for-now
January 30, 2014
Congratulations to the Long Island Rail Road, once again in 2013 the unquestioned largest regional passenger railroad by ridership in the nation. Let's see if it can hold that prize. I'm doubtful.