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PTSI, CRSA offer physical characteristics training conference PTSI Transportation and the Chicago Railroad Superintendents Association are jointly offering the Railroad and Rail Transit Physical Characteristics Training and Testing: Are We Where We Need to Be? conference in Chicago on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016.
GWI moves to acquire P&W Add regional Providence & Worcester Railroad Co. (P&W) to Genesee & Wyoming Inc.’s growing stable of Class II and III carriers. GWI announced Aug. 15, 2016 that it plans to acquire the P&W for $126 million at $25.00 per share.
For Caltrain, 16 KISSes from Stadler (but no FLIRTs) Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain) CEO Jim Hartnett and Stadler Group CEO Peter Spuhler on Aug. 15, 2016 signed a $551 million contract for 16 KISSes.
"Fall peak" changes for the rail industry, also Surface Transportation Board Chairman Daniel R. Elliott III is discontinuing the practice of sending an annual letter to the railroad industry asking Class I and other railroads to comment on their end-of-year outlook for traffic volumes and operations. The Chairman’s decision “reflects changes that have occurred in the rail industry since mid-2000, and also the weekly reporting of service performance data to the agency by Class I railroads,” STB said.
AAR: total U.S. weekly traffic down 5.3% The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reports for the week ending August 13, 2016, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 534,533 carloads and intermodal units, down 5.3% compared with the same week last year.

Breaking News

canada-ontario-reach-usb-funding-agreement-for-infrastructure
August 23, 2016
The government of Canada and the province of Ontario reached an agreement that makes C$2.97 billion (US$2.3 billion) in combined funding available for infrastructure improvements in the province. The funding is being provided through a new federal infrastructure program, the Public...
stb-discontinues-year-end-outlook-letter
August 23, 2016
Surface Transportation Board Chairman Daniel R. Elliott III is discontinuing the practice of sending an annual letter to the railroad industry asking Class I and other railroads to comment on their end-of-year outlook for traffic volumes and operations. The Chairman’s...
china-to-carry-out-ring-of-fire-railway-study
August 23, 2016
Canadian mining company KWG Resources announced on August 22 that it has signed a framework strategic cooperation agreement with China Railway First Survey and Design Institute Group (FSDI) to carry out a bankable feasibility study for a multi-user railway linking...
ctc-allocates-m-to-rail-safety-projects-in-california
August 22, 2016
The California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated $814 million to 135 transportation projects in the state and includes $55 million to four rail and safety projects. The source of the funds includes $732.7 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program...
vancouver-launches-skytrain-mark-iii-fleet
August 22, 2016
A new generation of rolling stock entered passenger service on Vancouver’s SkyTrain driverless light metro network on the morning of August 18, when Kevin Desmond, CEO of transport authority TransLink and British Columbia Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC) president and general...

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déjà-vu-once-again-for-intermodal
August 18, 2016
Watching Washington, August 2016 Railway Age: Between the euphoria of achievement and the agony of despair resides intermodal—the rail carriage of trailers and containers that have prior and/or subsequent transport by other modes. It’s no new kid on the block.
so-what-does-the-“x”-in-“csx”-really-mean?
August 09, 2016
Last December, in my From the Editor magazine column (“Time to choose a name,” December 2015), I attempted to explain how CSX was named.
ptc-legacy-train-control-and-vitality
July 26, 2016
Steve Ditmeyer’s article “PTC vs. Legacy Train Control Redux” is very thought-provoking. Yes, Congress did define PTC by functionality, not technology. No, PTC need not be tied to fixed wayside block signals (interlockings are a whole other issue).
it-can’t-happen-over-there
July 18, 2016
I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard or read or been told how much safer rail transportation is in Europe than it is in the United States.
labor’s-not-so-smart-gamble-on-fra
July 08, 2016
News items: A convoy of self-driving trucks recently traversed Europe. Driverless trucks are undergoing public-road testing in California and Nevada. And Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx supports development of vehicles “that can drive themselves better than a human.” Baby boomers may be skeptical, but not digital-native...