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Second attempt at PRRIA launched The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has introduced H.R. 749, the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015 (PRRIA). The bill, identical to legislation introduced in 2014 by T&I, is described as “bipartisan legislation that improves the infrastructure, reduces costs, creates greater accountability and transparency, leverages private sector resources, and accelerates project delivery for Amtrak and the nation’s passenger rail transportation system.”
Weather, port problems prompt U.S. freight slump U.S. freight rail traffic for the week ending Feb. 28, 2015 fell, dragging February's totals down with it, as U.S. freight carload traffic slipped for a second straight week, while U.S. intermodal extended a month-long slide, the Association of American Railroads reported Wednesday, March 4. AAR cited weather woes and port-related problems for much of the slide.
Siemens ACS-64 production hits halfway mark As February ended, Siemens's Sacramento, Calif., plant sent out its 35th Amtrak Cities Sprinter 64 (ACS-64) electric locomotive, reaching the halfway mark of its planned delivery of 70 units.
FRA campaign tags grade-crossing safety As part of its ongoing effort to improve safety at railroad grade crossings, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on Monday, March 2, 2015 announced a first step in a new, multi-faceted campaign aimed at strengthening enforcement and safety awareness at grade crossings.
Railway Age names 2015 Short Line, Regional Railroads of the Year Railway Age magazine has named Palmetto Railways the 2015 Short Line Railroad of the Year, and Reading & Northern Railroad its 2015 Regional Railroad of the Year. The awards will be presented at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association's (ASLRRA) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, March 29, 2015.

Breaking News

ptc-relief-on-the-way?
March 04, 2015
The U.S. railroad industry has been scrambling since 2008 to meet the requirements of an unfunded federal government mandate—namely, having Positive Train Control installed and fully operational by Dec. 31, 2015 on 60,000 miles of track where hazmat and passenger...
supreme-court-says-it-won’t-touch-state-fuel-taxes
March 04, 2015
In a case involving CSX Transportation, the United States Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, March 4, 2015 that the State of Alabama should be given the chance to justify a fuel sales tax it assesses on railroads but not on competitors...
weather-port-problems-prompt-us-freight-slump
March 04, 2015
U.S. freight rail traffic for the week ending Feb. 28, 2015 fell, dragging February's totals down with it, as U.S. freight carload traffic slipped for a second straight week, while U.S. intermodal extended a month-long slide, the Association of American...
siemens-acs-64-production-hits-halfway-mark
March 04, 2015
As February ended, Siemens's Sacramento, Calif., plant sent out its 35th Amtrak Cities Sprinter 64 (ACS-64) electric locomotive, reaching the halfway mark of its planned delivery of 70 units. A Siemens spokeswoman informed Railway Age of the milestone on Wednesday, March...
fra-campaign-tags-grade-crossing-safety
March 03, 2015
As part of its ongoing effort to improve safety at railroad grade crossings, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on Monday, March 2, 2015 announced a first step in a new, multi-faceted campaign aimed at strengthening enforcement and safety awareness at...

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fini-to-saga-of-amtraks-common-stock
February 26, 2015
American Financial Group's 18-year quest to turn hopelessly unprofitable Amtrak into a gold-coin spewing piñata appears to have met its Waterloo in an emphatic all caps "CASE CLOSED" order of a federal court Feb. 23.
better-rail-safety?-buck-stops-with-the-senate
February 19, 2015
Railroads live at the intersection of necessity and disaster—the disaster substantial when dangerous cargo goes boom, is accompanied by a highly visible fireball, or threatens human life through inhalation or skin absorption.
another-view-not-mine-of-austins-rail-travails
February 11, 2015
Railway Age Blogger (and fellow rail advocate) Lyndon Henry has felt the pain. Last fall he simultaneously celebrated and suffered as he helped defeat a proposal for more passenger rail service in Austin, Texas's state capital.
votes-media-time-press-clippings—or-safety?
February 09, 2015
I never get tired of explaining the simple mathematics that govern safe train operations. The more thorough our grasp of the simple mathematics of time, distance, velocity, acceleration, coefficient of friction, etc., the more sophisticated, deeper, more inclusive becomes our knowledge of what we must...
can-sen-thune-mediate-a-rail-shipper-cease-fire?
February 06, 2015
Could it be that Republicans in control of Congress might facilitate an end to three decades of productivity sapping legislative fisticuffs between railroads and self-proclaimed captive shippers over an appropriate level of regulatory oversight?