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STB proposing revised arbitration procedures The Surface Transportation Board is proposing to amend existing procedures for the arbitration of disputes before the Board to make those procedures conform to statutory requirements of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2015.
Rail freight traffic: Same stuff, different week North American rail freight traffic remains in the doldrums, the Association of American Railroads reported for the week ending May 21, 2016.
Lance Fritz to keynote RSI/CMA 2016 Union Pacific Chairman, President and CEO Lance M. Fritz will be the keynote speaker at the RSI/CMA 2016 Rail Expo & Technical Conference on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 in Omaha, Nebr.
Five new shades of Violet™ Integrating so-called “Big Data” is one of the biggest technical challenges the railroad industry faces over the next few years. It’s estimated that, by 2020, there will be some 44 zettabytes—the equivalent of 640 billion YouTube videos—of available data. New hardware and software tools are being developed to manage such data and, most important, render it useful. Enter Violet™, a new LDARS (Locomotive Data Acquisition Recording System) from Wi-Tronix LLC.
Amtrak 188 engineer distracted before wreck, says NTSB The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the engineer of Amtrak Northeast Regional train no. 188 was likely distracted by radio traffic about an emergency situation on a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Regional Rail train and lost track of where he was moments before the May 2015 overspeed wreck at Frankford Curve that killed eight and injured 200.

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rail-freight-traffic-same-stuff-different-week
May 25, 2016
North American rail freight traffic remains in the doldrums, the Association of American Railroads reported for the week ending May 21, 2016. Total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 506,983 carloads and intermodal units, down 8.5% compared with the same week last...
lance-fritz-to-keynote-rsi-cma-2016
May 25, 2016
Union Pacific Chairman, President and CEO Lance M. Fritz will be the keynote speaker at the RSI/CMA 2016 Rail Expo & Technical Conference on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 in Omaha, Nebr. “We are looking forward to bringing this rail industry event...
mississauga-looks-to-lrt
May 25, 2016
The Hurontario Street LRT in Mississauga is expected to provide significantly improved transit for one of Ontario’s largest and fastest growing cities. The City of Mississauga, Ontario, population 713,443 in 2011, is located immediately west of Toronto. Incorporated in 1974, it...
testing-begins-on-rios-olympic-metro-line
May 25, 2016
Rio de Janeiro reached a milestone in its transport preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games on May 23, when the first test train traversed the new metro Line 4. The 16-km (10-mile) six-station line links Jardim Oceânico in Barra da Tijuca...
amtrak-seeking-cus-master-developer
May 24, 2016
Amtrak is seeking responses to a Request For Qualification (RFQ) for a Master Developer for commercial elements of Chicago Union Station (CUS) and neighboring properties. The Amtrak-owned area within the RFQ is 14.07 acres, which includes 613,075 square feet of total...

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a-final-helping-of-amtrak’s-“swedish-meatball”
May 25, 2016
You know you’re getting old when a locomotive that has hauled passenger trains on which you’ve ridden as a adult winds up in a museum.
the-short-the-long-the-skinny-and-the-fat
May 18, 2016
Executive Summary: After one year of investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the cause of the fatal derailment of Amtrak train 188 at Frankford Junction is exactly the same as the cause determined within eight hours by everyone who knows anything about...
no-change-at-long-branch
May 17, 2016
If you’ve been commuting into New York City on New Jersey Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line and your destination has been Penn Station, changing trains at Long Branch, N.J., has been a given since electrification was extended there from South Amboy in the late 1980s.
hunter-harrison-disrupting-the-status-quo
May 10, 2016
National Transportation Policy mandates that railroads be managed efficiently. While railroad performance is reflective of improvement, some railroads excel, with the reasons increasingly under digital scrutiny by activist money managers entrusted with investments of foundations, endowments and pension funds seeking superior returns.
we-don’t-need-more-mergers
May 05, 2016
Now that I have your attention, I’ll say it again: The last thing the North American railroad industry needs for the foreseeable future is the long-talked-about “final round of mergers,” resulting in two gargantuan transcontinental Class I carriers that will still have to deal with...