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Siemens completes first Brightline coach carshell Brightline, the higher-speed passenger rail service being developed by Florida East Coast Industries subsidiary All Aboard Florida, and Siemens Rolling Stock announced on January 26, 2016 that the first stainless steel carshell for the new service has been completed.
Freight car orders stay strong in 4Q15 The Railway Supply Institute on Jan. 28, 2016 published its railcar industry order, delivery and backlog statistics for fourth-quarter 2015, and overall, the sector looks solid, according to Steve Barger, Managing Director and Equity Research Analyst with KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.
Railway Age seeks nominations for 2016 Short Line/Regional Railroad of the Year Railway Age is now accepting entries for its annual Short Line/Regional Railroad of the Year competition. Short lines and regionals—and there are more than 500 of them—are invited to submit entries describing outstanding achievement in one or a combination of areas.
For MBTA and Amtrak, FAST Act a fast track to federal court The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is suing Amtrak in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts after the two companies failed to reach agreement on new, vastly increased access fees for MBTA commuter trains operating between Attleboro, Mass., at the Rhode Island border, and Providence, R.I., on the Northeast Corridor.
Rail figures big in GE’s Russian market endeavors A strategic business plan signed by General Electric and Russian locomotive and car builder Transmashholding for a diesel powerplant joint venture is an important component of a plan for GE to invest $1 billion in Russia’s oil and gas, power and transportation industries by 2020.

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light-rail-to-return-to-new-york-city?
February 05, 2016
Light Rail could make a return to New York City under plans announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Feb. 4, 2016. The city is proposing the construction of a nearly 16-mile line along the East River connecting growing neighborhoods in...
up-announces-5-billion-capex-boosts-safety
February 05, 2016
Union Pacific on Feb. 5, 2016 announced a 2016 capital plan of approximately $3.75 billion, about $550 million lower than 2015. The plan includes $375 million for Positive Train Control. At the same time, UP announced a new safety program...
bombardier-awarded-8-million-contract-to-overhaul-marc-iii-cars
February 05, 2016
In an effort to improve safety, increase reliability and provide passengers with a more comfortable ride, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has awarded a $36.8 million contract to Bombardier Transportation to overhaul 63 MARC III bi-level...
remsa-to-host-usa-pavilion-at-innotrans-2016
February 05, 2016
The Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) will host a USA Pavilion at Innotrans 2016, Sept. 20-23, in Berlin, Germany, the organization announced Feb. 2, 2016. InnoTrans, the largest rail transport and technology trade show in the world, is held biannually. Eight...
marta-selects-wsp-|-parsons-brinckerhoff-for-tunnel-ventilation-upgrade
February 05, 2016
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) on Feb. 3, 2016 awarded a design-build contract to Archer Western Construction with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff as the lead designer to overhaul and upgrade its tunnel ventilation systems. The rehabilitation and renewal project...

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government-advocacy-is-protected-speech
January 19, 2016
News item: Canadian Pacific (CP) is pursuing a hostile takeover of Norfolk Southern (NS). CP is asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate whether NS and other U.S.-based major railroads—some of which oppose the takeover—are unlawfully conspiring for “the primary purpose of restraining trade.” CP...
stb-now-showing-the-letters
January 08, 2016
Everything is out in the open, as it should be. Today (January 8, 2016), the Surface Transportation Board established a page on its website, “Major Railroad Mergers and Consolidations Correspondence,” that contains all the correspondence connected to the proposed merger of Canadian Pacific and Norfolk...
show-us-the-letters-stb
January 06, 2016
On January 5, 2016, Reuters published a story containing excerpts of letters reportedly sent to the Surface Transportation Board by industry groups representing several major Norfolk Southern freight customers. The letters ask the STB to reject a merger of Canadian Pacific and NS, should a...
centrist-approach-may-quiet-stb-debate
December 30, 2015
The critical takeaway from enactment in December of the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act, S.808, is that, absent headline-capturing abuse of captive shippers by railroads, it is unlikely Congress will refocus anytime soon on diluting railroad market power.
shades-of-scrooge-marleys-ghost-and-the-grinch?
December 21, 2015
Santa Claus doesn’t rest on Christmas Eve. Neither, apparently, does Canadian Pacific. Santa does rest on Christmas Day, but the Class I railroad whose headquarters is, of all its contemporaries (with the exception of the Alaska Railroad), closest to Kris Kringle’s North Pole residence and...