Railway Age Blogs

purple-line-lrt-good-news-for-the-suburbs
March 21, 2014
Even rail supporters often overlook the importance of Maryland's proposed 16-mile Purple Line to future U.S. development, efficiency, competitiveness, lifestyle. I see it as a game changer.
highway-homicide-affects-railroads-too
March 17, 2014
This is about a highway homicide — and we know who dunnit. The perp long ago was identified by state and federal authorities. Yet Congress refuses to order the collar, closing its eyes to a mayhem playing out at every hour, on every federal-aid roadway...
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.