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All Aboard Florida selects GE for signaling, PTC All Aboard Florida (AAF) has selected GE Transportation Gobal Signaling Solutions to design and manufacture signaling, grade crossing and related Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment for its 235-mile higher-speed passenger rail corridor, which will connect Miami with Orlando International Airport.
Streetcars return to Dallas The first phase of Dallas’ modern streetcar system entered revenue service on April 13, 2015, nearly 50 years after the city’s original streetcar system shut down.
Ontario on the move Ontario’s Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GHTA) has entered into a new growth phase, thanks to funding availability, and political leadership that seems to recognize the importance of mobility that’s not tied to highways.
2014 safest year on record The most recent safety statistics released by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in April show that 2014 was the safest year on record for train operations in the United States, in terms of both the number of accidents and the accident rate per million train-miles, for a variety of causes. These numbers include passenger rail, though the majority are freight rail accidents.
NS to Wall Street: Expect lower 1Q 2015 earnings While stating that it “does not forecast earnings, and this announcement is not intended to change that policy,” Norfolk Southern said, in a press release issued immediately after the New York Stock Exchange closing bell on April 13, 2015, that it expects its first-quarter diluted earnings per share to be $1.00, 15% below the same quarter in 2014.

Breaking News

sandag-releases-35-year-regional-plan
April 27, 2015
The San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) Board of Directors released the draft version of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan, which provides the big-picture vision of how the region will grow over the next 35 years and an implementation...
intermodal-traffic-at-record-high
April 24, 2015
According to figures reported by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) for the week ending April 18, 2015, this is the second highest week on record for intermodal volume, up 8.1% compared to 2014. Total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 556,432...
volume-decline-affects-up-earnings-capex-plan-reduced
April 23, 2015
Core pricing gains helped Union Pacific achieve 9% earnings per share growth in the first quarter of 2015, but EPS would have been stronger had a sharp drop in volume not occurred. One effect: The 2015 capital program has been...
maestri-and-martínez-assume-new-responsibilities-at-ns-wimbush-retires
April 22, 2015
As part of Norfolk Southern’s ongoing program of executive development and in support of its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint and expand its market opportunities, Bruno Maestri and Robert E. Martínez will assume additional responsibilities, following the retirement of...
wabtec-reports-record-first-quarter-earnings
April 22, 2015
An 18% increase in sales combined with a 19% increase in earnings per diluted share compared to a year ago produced a record first-quarter 2015 for Wilmerding, Pa.-based Wabtec Corp. First-quarter 2015 sales were $819 million, compared to first-quarter 2014’s $695...

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dot-“suggests”-and-fra-“recommends”
April 23, 2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation circulated a press release detailing actions taken to “address some of the issues identified in recent train accidents involving crude oil and ethanol shipped by rail.”
amtrak-pen-trumps-freedom-of-information-act-sword
April 06, 2015
John Mica, the Republican pol from Florida, alleges something fishy with Amtrak’s hamburger prices. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito have a beef that Amtrak’s president is chosen by a board of directors rather than facing Senate confirmation.
tank-car-builders-don’t-agree-on-dot-111-obsolescence-timeline
March 26, 2015
Tank car builder The Greenbrier Companies is urging the White House Office of Management and Budget to disregard advice by the company’s own industry trade group, the Railway Supply Institute-Committee on Tank Cars (RSI-CTC), and proceed full speed ahead with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s...
uncertainty-clouds-key-rail-bills-in-senate
March 26, 2015
Two bills of substantial importance to railroads—Staggers Rail Act revisions as part of reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Board (STB), and extension of the deadline to implement Positive Train Control (PTC)—took meaningful steps forward March 25, gaining the imprimatur of the Senate Commerce Committee.
api-twisting-doe-report-on-crude-oil
March 25, 2015
A survey of crude oil science commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy is being cited, rather loosely, by the oil industry’s national lobby to discredit proponents of compulsory treatment of crude oil before it is loaded into railcars.