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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

the-t-approves-several-tex-rail-related-contracts
April 28, 2015
The Fort Worth Transportation Authority’s (The T) Board of Directors approved several contracts related to TEX Rail, a commuter rail that will run on a 27-mile corridor from downtown Fort Worth, northeast across Tarrant County to Grapevine and into Terminal...
aslrra-creates-two-new-positions
April 28, 2015
To help build its reputation on a broader stage and deliver significant value to its member organizations and the customers they serve via new education and business services, the American Short Line Regional Railroad Association has hired two new team...
up-achieves-record-first-quarter-employee-safety-rate
April 28, 2015
With a reportable injury rate of 0.85, Union Pacific employees achieved record first-quarter safety performance, demonstrating ongoing progress toward the company’s ultimate goal of zero incidents. Among its 48,000 employees, UP’s safety culture development led to a 23% injury rate improvement...
shippers-sound-off-at-nears-meeting
April 28, 2015
Shippers are upbeat on the economy, feel rail pricing is definitely going higher, and vehemently oppose any Class I consolidation, according to responses to questions posed by Cowen and Company Managing Director and Railway Age Contributing Editor Jason Seidl at...
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...

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Blogs and More

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.