My stints working at Railway Age aside, railroads and rail-related issues are and have been a standard part of daily life, as it is for the lucky few in the U.S., including so many of my friends and neighbors. So many, yes, but certainly not all, and I need only scan the awareness levels of my own blood ties and extended family to affirm that rail's public relations status has a long, long way to go.
Thwarted in its effort last year to employ a private contractor to handle large operation of Amtrak's Hoosier State, Indiana officials now are scrambling to secure state funding to ensure continued operation of the service, linking Chicago and Indianapolis four days a week.
Charlotte, N.C.'s initial 1.5-mile streetcar line, originally set to commence service in March, now has reset its debut for sometime in June, city official said Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015.
Thales said Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 it will "provide its ETCS Level 2 signaling technology for the suburban rail line between Mexico City and Toluca, the capital of the State of México."
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is requesting commissioners of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, a city-owned property, to consider putting the railroad up for sale to a private-sector operator.
CSX Corp. said late Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 it had notched record fourth-quarter net earnings of $491 million, or 49 cents per share, up 15% from $426 million, or 42 cents per share, in the fourth quarter of 2013, and solidifying the Class I railroad's record earnings for the full year. Earnings per share met Wall Street analyst expectations.
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.
The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. announced its support for the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, for NTSB's placing tank car safety on its "Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements for 2015."
If New Jersey's transportation commissioner gets his way, no cutbacks will occur to PATH overnight service linking the Garden State and Manhattan, despite a report commissioned by the governors of New Jersey and New York recommending such cutbacks be evaluated.
With a public relations flourish, but no money yet identified to commit to the deed, New Jersey Transit on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 announced "preliminary design plans" for an upgraded and restored station in Elizabeth, N.J., located on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor (NEC).