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.
Passenger rail supporters looking long-range on a post-Thanksgiving Monday morning aren't ignoring the latest obstacle confronting California high speed rail, nor are they oblivious to the Metro-North accident fatalities of Dec. 1, 2013. But many are focusing on a political mashup courtesy of an anti-rail mayor who assumed his role in Cincinnati the same day. And they're offering financial support to counter that stance.
Canadian Pacific has announced that Bart Demosky has been appointed Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, effective Dec. 28, 2013.
U.S. rail traffic maintained its upward momentum during the week ending Nov. 23, 2013, the Association of American Railroads reported Wednesday, Nov. 27, though the 2012 Thanksgiving Day holiday played a role in the 2012 data.
Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D-N.J.) has introduced a bill calling for independent oversight of railroads and particularly railroad infrastructure, arguing that U.S. freight railroads aren't pursuing adequate safety measures.
Denver's Regional Transportation District (RTD) on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 awarded a $343 million contract to Graham, Balfour Beatty, Hamon Constructors for construction of the region's first electrified regional/commuter passenger rail line.
Phoenix's Valley Metro has received the Finding of No Significant Impact (or FONSI) from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for Valley Metro's 1.9-mile Gilbert Road light rail transit extension.