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Knorr-Bremse to acquire Selectron Systems AG Braking systems supplier Knorr-Bremse has signed an agreement to acquire Selectron Systems AG of Lyss, Switzerland, a supplier of train control technology. Through this acquisition, Knorr-Bremse said it is “expanding its portfolio to include components and solutions for the automation of rail vehicles.” The acquisition remains subject to approval by anti-trust authorities.
Ottawa previews Alstom Citadis LRV A mock-up of the forthcoming Alstom Citadis Spirit low-floor LRV for Ottawa's Confederation Line was unveiled Thursday afternoon, Jan. 29, 2015, by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans Royal Galipeau, and Ontario's provincial transport minister, Steven Del Duca.
U.S. freight traffic shows good growth Total U.S. weekly rail traffic for the week ending Jan. 24, 2015 rose 4.1%, measured against the comparable week in 2014, according to the Association of American Railroads in its latest weekly report.
ASLRRA IDs five for Safety Institute push The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association said Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 its chairman, Ed McKechnie, had announced the selection of five industry safety experts retained as assessors for a pilot project as the first step toward the longer-range goal of developing a comprehensive industry-wide safety culture assessment program that will serve as the core of the Short Line Safety Institute.
New York MTA Board approves fare hike Riders on New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (MTA) buses and subways will pay more beginning March 22, 2015, following an MTA Board of Directors decision on Thursday, Jan. 22, to increase fares.

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mts-adds-s70-lrvs-to-san-diego-blue-line
January 30, 2015
San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 said Siemens S70 low-floor light rail vehicles now have been added to the Blue Line, the system's initial route linking downtown San Diego and San Ysidro, Calif., just short...
cp’s-harrison-calls-ag-transport-coalition-initiative-“disingenuous”
January 30, 2015
Canadian Pacific says it is “appalled” that the Ag Transport Coalition, a government-funded group, “can claim it is trying to enhance ‘the competitiveness of the agricultural supply chain,’ but not involve transportation partners in the discussion.” The Ag Transport Coalition describes...
contract-extension-for-amtrak-hoosier-state
January 30, 2015
The Indiana Department of Transportation has granted Amtrak a contract extension until April 15, 2015 to continue operating the Indianapolis-Chicago Hoosier State train. A prior extension expires on Jan. 31.

 “The 60-day service agreement allows extra time to complete long-term contract...
ottawa-previews-alstom-citadis-lrv
January 30, 2015
A mock-up of the forthcoming Alstom Citadis Spirit low-floor LRV for Ottawa's Confederation Line was unveiled Thursday afternoon, Jan. 29, 2015, by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans Royal Galipeau, and Ontario's provincial transport minister, Steven Del...
detroit-m-1-rail-well-open-in-2016
January 30, 2015
A spokesman for Detroit's public-private partnership M-1 Rail project, now under construction, told a community group Thursday evening, Jan. 29, 2015, the project would be open for passenger service sometime next year. Sommer Woods, M-1 director of external affairs, made the...

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familial-failing-rail-rarely-registers
January 15, 2015
My stints working at Railway Age aside, railroads and rail-related issues are and have been a standard part of daily life, as it is for the lucky few in the U.S., including so many of my friends and neighbors. So many, yes, but certainly not...
a-second-act-at-stb-for-dan-elliott?
January 14, 2015
Proving once again he has more lives than cartoon character Wile E. Coyote, former Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairman Dan Elliott is poised to receive his second White House renomination. The first renomination expired with adjournment of the 113th Congress in December after the Senate...
new-chiefs-idd-for-fra-and-aar-law-department
January 12, 2015
As the White House considers candidates for Senate confirmation as the next Federal Railroad Administrator, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says he will name his Department of Transportation chief of staff Sarah Feinberg — a long-time Democratic operative with strong White House ties — as acting...
hello?-its-dan-elliott-for-president-obama
December 31, 2014
News item: Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairman Dan Elliott was forced to bid adieu Dec. 31, 2014, after the Senate failed to confirm his renomination. President Obama still could make a recess appointment prior to a Republican controlled Senate sworn-in Jan. 6.
“aw-shucks-we’re-happy-to-help”
December 16, 2014
Ever hear of the Oyster Express? In the midst of a season filled with stories of railroads running special Santa trains all over the country to bring food, clothing, toys, and some Christmas cheer to needy people, a report came across my desk about a partnership...