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Fleet revitalization The freight car fleet has been growing for four years running. It’s also getting younger.
Railroads free, leave us be! Freedom from excessive regulation helped transform the freight railroads into the most cost effective of all transportation modes. There’s no reason to change that.
FRA C3RS program implemented in Boston Keolis Commuter Services, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and union leaders from the American Train Dispatchers Association, Transportation Communications Union, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and SMART Transportation Division on May 8, 2015 signed a memorandum of understanding to implement the FRA’s voluntary Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS).
Optimizing friction management Suppliers are implementing technology advancements that ensure friction management isn’t a drag.
Metrorail back on track Armed with a $1.14 billion capital plan, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority continues to expand and improve the storied Metrorail system.

Breaking News

May 21, 2015
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has announced the 2014 recipients of the Holden-Proefrock Award, Non-Accident Release (NAR) Grand Slam Award, and Perfect Game Award. In addition, TRANSCAER® (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response) announced its National Achievement Awards. The...
cbr-takes-first-quarter-dive
May 21, 2015
U.S. Class I railroads originated 113,089 carloads of crude oil in the first quarter of 2015, down 17,982 carloads or 13.7% from the fourth quarter of 2014, the Association of American Railroads noted as it reported U.S. rail traffic for...
duos-technologies-awarded-contract-for-railway-undercarriage-screening-system
May 20, 2015
Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) has awarded a contract to Duos Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Information Systems Associates Inc. (ISA), to provide a railcar undercarriage screening system in accordance with a Task Order established by the Transportation Security...
rail-connection-forms-jv-with-ite-management
May 19, 2015
Rail Connection Inc. (RCI), a subsidiary of Appalachian Railcar Services Inc. (ARS), has formed a joint venture with ITE Management L.P. with the purpose of acquiring, leasing and operating railcars, the company announced on May 8, 2015. The joint venture, dubbed Rail...
amtrak-188-wreck-fra-emergency-order-windshield-strike-possible-factor
May 19, 2015
Following the derailment of Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 on May 12, 2015, which killed eight and injured more than 200 others, the Federal Railroad Administration has instructed Amtrak to immediately take several actions, which are expected to be formalized...

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meg-baker-and-her-trusty-speed-o-meter-to-the-rescue
May 19, 2015
CBS News legends Edward R. Murrow, Fred Friendly, Charles Kuralt and Walter Cronkite must be turning over and hurling in their graves.
if-only-but-wait
May 18, 2015
I’ve been in France. I love being in France, a country that in the past 20 years has spent twice on its railways what it has spent on its roads. What am I missing? Another fatal overspeed derailment? At Frankford Junction?
shippers-hoist-by-own-petard-at-house-hearing
May 14, 2015
Poor Mr. Dooley—Calvin, that is, president of the American Chemistry Council and not the fictional Mr. Dooley created during the late 19th century by humorist Finley Peter Dunne. The latter gained library space in Teddy Roosevelt’s White House; the former seemed to hoist himself by...
rails-to-congress-stb-“if-in-doubt-don’t”
May 11, 2015
Successful baseball pitchers learn to throw first-pitch strikes and stay aggressive in the strike zone when their team is in the lead. Life imitates baseball, meaning railroad spokespersons will serve their industry well over the next 10 weeks if they similarly perform—first before a congressional...
stb-nominee-reflects-a-shipper-tilt
May 07, 2015
Paint former Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairman Dan Elliott a darling of the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL), a shipper organization asking the STB to require—through so-called open access—that two Class I railroads be available to compete for freight carloads even if the tracks of...