Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd. (IAIS) Wednesday said it has opened a new locomotive maintenance shop and crew change center near South Amana, Iowa.
Light rail transit advocates in Houston Wednesday morning mourned passage by voters of a referendum allowing Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro) to divert 25% of its transit sales tax collection to roads, bridges, sidewalks, and other non-rail infrastructure. Metro itself supported the measure.
Arlington, Va., voters Tuesday approved a $31.9 million transportation bond by a healthy four-to-one margin, making $14.6 million available for improvements to the WMATA Metrorail. Upgrades in WMATA's Virginia stations would include larger station platforms to accommodate 8-car trains, and funds to help purchase additional 7000-series cars.
Los Angeles County voters Tuesday who supported Measure J, extending a half-cent tax for public transportation, accounted for 65% of those voting on the measure, thus falling short of a supermajority needed to pass the measure.
At least 19 measures involving rail and public transit are on the ballot Tuesday across the U.S., with Los Angeles County potentially the biggest player involved. Voters in America's second-largest city and surrounding munciipalities will decide whether to extend a half-cent sales tax (the existing Measure R, approved in 2008) by 30 years.
Attorneys for Seattle-based Talgo, Inc. on Monday announced they had filed a lawsuit on behalf of the rail equipment manufacturer against the state of Wisconsin, based on the state's decision "to terminate its contract with the State of Wisconsin to build passenger trains to be used by the State for Amtrak's Hiawatha line between Milwaukee and Chicago."
Domestic container volume recorded double digit growth for the fourth quarter in a row, according to the Intermodal Association of North America's (IANA) Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics report, released Monday.
New York-area residents attempted some resumption of "normal" travel-to-work routine Monday, with varying degrees of success. But New Jersey residents may be deprived of adequate rail transit alternatives for far longer than their counterparts in New York State and Connecticut may expect, in large part due to damaged rolling stock and locomotives.
New York Air Brake and its Train Dynamic Systems Division announced that the company's facility in Irving, Tex., has passed an intensive audit and has been recommended for accreditation for the ISO 9001:2008 standard.
Fiscal year 2012 was a record one for The Greenbrier Cos., both in terms of earnings and revenue, the Lake Oswego, Ore.-based company said. The company's fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2012.