Compiled figures released this week by the Surface Transportation Board show Class I railroads employed 103,103 people in mid-October, up 0.41% from October 2012, but down 134 people, or 0.08%, from the previous month of September.
The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) says progress is being made on establishing two new Amtrak routes from the railroad's Chicago hub, one serving the Quad Cities and a second reaching toward Dubuque, Iowa.
The USA Pavilion at last month's Business on Rails (NT Expo) trade show in São Paulo, Brazil, co-hosted by Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) and The Railway Supply Institute (RSI), "was such a success that more exhibit space has been reserved for next year's NT Expo," representatives said Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.
Utah Transit Authority's Sugar House streetcar is set to begin carrying passengers on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, with initial free ridership in exchange for a nonperishable food item to be donated to the Utah Food bank.
Pittsburgh-based Railroad Development Corp. (RDC) confirmed Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, that it had been paid the full $14.6 million awarded in its six-year international arbitration against the Republic of Guatemala brought under the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).
The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) is inviting "all interested parties to submit Papers on subjects of interest to the railway engineering community to be considered for publication and/or presentation at the AREMA 2014 Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago," but the deadline is Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.
MTA is readying infrastructure additions; continuing to repair, upgrade, and harden existing facilities; and acquiring new rolling stock, all in order to meet increasing passenger demand.
Siemens Rail Systems and Cummins jointly announced a partnership on Dec. 3, 2013 that they said "will bring one of the most modern and efficient passenger rail, diesel-electric locomotives in the world to the U.S. marketplace."
Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) has awarded FreightCar America a $67 million contract to supply 500 freight cars, including cement, cereal, limestone, and ballast hoppers.
CN has announced a program to acquire additional monitoring equipment to enhance its strong technological base for early detection of defects.