What's passenger rail's potential modal split in the U.S.? That's something to ponder as rail transit gathers strength in an auto-dependent nation during the 21st century.
Even ardent pro-rail advocates probably hesitate to suggest rail's percentage of passenger trips could ever challenge the mode's glory days of the late 19th century, or even the heightened levels necessitated by World War II.
On Jan. 3 the Railway Supply Institute noted a lobbying effort by the trucking industry could encourage Congress to increase truck sizes and/or truck weight on the nation's roadways in the next surface transportation bill, now being considered; in both the House and the Senate.RSI calls this effort "the biggest threat we have seen in more than 20 years."
Ferrocarril Mexicano, S.A. de C.V. (Ferromex) said Friday it took delivery last month of an additional 38 SD70Ace locomotives from Electro-Motive Diesel. Ferromex noted it had placed 44 other new SD70ACe locomotives into service earlier in 2011.
CF Rail Services, said Thursday that as of the New Year, it has assumed the operations of the railcar repair facility located at 205 Douglas Street in Longview, Wash.
U.S. freight carload traffic fell 3.7% for the week ending Jan. 7, 2012, while U.S. intermodal volume plummeted 9.3%, both compared with the comparable week in 2011, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, whose multimodal responsibilities include oversight of the city’s Municipal Railway (MUNI), said Thursday continuation of track improvement work MUNI will resume beginning Sunday, Jan. 15.
From a flood of nominations, the Surface Transportation Board has selected seven new appointees to serve on the Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council. RSTAC, which consists of 15 senior officers from shippers and railroads, provides advice on regulatory, policy, and legislative matters.