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U.S., Canada rail freight loads add to gains Total U.S. and Canadian freight rail traffic, along with Mexico intermodal volume, continued to gain ground during the week ending Sept. 6, 2014, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, Sept. 11. Only Mexican freight carload traffic declined.
Bombardier, striking workers near a deal Workers at Bombardier Transportation's Thunder Bay, Ontario facility are expected to vote Friday morning, Sept. 12, 2014, on an agreement that would end an eight-week strike, crippling the company's delivery of light rail transit and subway vehicles.
One-person crew proposal rejected on BNSF BNSF Railway conductors and ground-service workers represented by General Committee GO-001 of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air and Rail Transportation Workers (SMART, formerly the United Transportation Union) have rejected a proposal to allow freight trains equipped with Positive Train Control (PTC) to operate as early as next year with a lone engineer in the cab and no conventional on-board conductor between specific territories in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest.
Siemens lands All Aboard Florida order Siemens on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 said it has been selected "to build the locomotives and passenger coaches for the All Aboard Florida passenger rail project that will connect South and Central Florida."
Thales taps Huber+Suhner for NYCT work Huber+Suhner said Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 it has been tapped by Thales to supply the latter company "with a range of trackside and on-board antennas and cables to support the CBTC (Communications Based Train Control) system of New York City Subway."

Breaking News

nyct-montague-subway-tunnel-reopens
September 15, 2014
At least two weeks ahead of schedule, New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) resumed normal subway service on New York City Transit's R Line on Monday morning, Sept. 15, 2014, reopening a Manhattan-Brooklyn route using the Montague Tunnel. On Sunday, Sept....
metro-north-rolls-despite-lift-bridge-work
September 15, 2014
Work is scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, on the Harlem River Lift Bridge spanning the namesake estuary and linking Manhattan and the Bronx. The good news for Metro-North riders: Service will be largely unaffected by the work. Work on...
up-says-its-cops-are-tops
September 12, 2014
Union Pacific’s Police and Security team recently earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA), “joining a prominent group recognized for complying with the highest law enforcement standards,” the railroad announced on Sept. 11, 2014. “To...
cummins-says-it’s-on-top-of-tier-4
September 12, 2014
With U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 emissions regulations taking effect Jan. 1, 2015, Cummins Inc. says it’s well-prepared, with more than 100 engine installations on order for passenger locomotives, diesel multiple units (DMUs), and switcher locomotives in North...
cn-again-named-to-dow-jones-sustainability-world-index
September 12, 2014
CN’s sustainability practices have earned it a place on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) for the third consecutive year that the railroad has been listed on the DJSI World Index, and for the sixth consecutive year that it...

Blogs and More

so-you-want-to-know-my-opinion?
September 14, 2014
Somebody asked me my opinion, and you know how dangerous that can be...
rockefeller’s-last-stand
September 11, 2014
Congress is about to adjourn for its single-most-important function these days as mid-term elections loom: getting re-elected. That means it’s time to get down to some serious last-minute, constituent-coddling activities, like proposing legislation beating down the big, bad, monopolistic freight railroads, which, along with their...
calatravasaurus-wrecks?
September 04, 2014
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s massive World Trade Center PATH transportation hub in Lower Manhattan, designed by famed architect Santiago Calatrava, is about one year away from completion—eight years behind schedule and, at a cost of up to $4 billion by...
rail-revenue-adequacy?-well-sort-of
September 03, 2014
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) ruled Sept. 2 that five Class I railroads—BNSF, U.S. affiliates of Canadian National and Canadian Pacific, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific—are revenue adequate. That is, they achieved a rate of return on investments used to provide railroad service that is...
blet-in-catbird-seat-over-crew-consist
August 18, 2014
News item: Vouchsafed to work jointly in gaining legislation or regulation mandating two crew members on every freight train are the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Union (SMART) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET).