New York State's Court of Appeals on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, upheld the payroll mobility tax used to help fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), denying a repeal of the tax sought mostly by Long Island political officials.
The American Public Transportation Association says Americans continue to turn to public transit in increasing numbers, totaling 2.7 billion trips in the third quarter, up 1.5% from the comparable period in 2012.
Congressional conference committee members cobbling together an actual fiscal year 2014 federal budget have reportedly agreed on budgetary numbers fairly favorable to Amtrak and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) programs. Federal high speed rail funding, however, is omitted entirely.
The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, announced "support for the California High-Speed Rail Authority [CHSRA] and California Governor Jerry Brown's budget proposal that would authorize funding for the state's high-speed rail program, utilizing $300 million of cap and trade revenue."
Two U.S. Senators are urging the Federal Railroad Administration to mandate cameras on board passenger locomotives and operating cab cars in order to provide detailed information on potential derailments.
Saguenay, Quebec-based Entretien Ferroviaire Boivin, Inc. has joined the Association of American Railroads as a Silver Associate Member.
North Dakota's two U.S. Senators met in Washington, D.C. Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, with federal officials to advance improved freight rail safety measures in tank car construction and operation.
Milwaukee, facing stiff anti-rail opposition from its namesake county and the state of Wisconsin, continues pursuing an initial $65 million starter streetcar line, focusing on limiting costs of utility relocation, which opponents have seized on as one way to kill the plan.
The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a $13 million contract with Wabtec Corp. subsidiary Wabtec Railway Electronics to install Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment on MARC regional passenger railcars.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast announced Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, the appointment of Joseph J. Giulietti as Metro-North Railroad president, succeeding Howard Permut, who will retire Jan. 31.
For the first week of 2014 ending Jan. 4, 2014, both U.S. freight carload traffic and U.S. intermodal volume gained ground over the comparable week in 2013, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, Jan. 9.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, considered by many to be lukewarm at best in his support for rail transit improvements in the Empire State, emphasized his support Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, behind Metro-North New Haven Line access to New York Penn Station.
Maryland state officials have culled down prospective private consortia willing to build the 16-mile, $2.2 billion Purple Line light rail transit project from six to four.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has awarded Keolis Commuter Services an eight-year, $2.68 billion contract to operate MBTA regional rail passenger service for the Bay State. Two extension options of two years each could ratchet the total value to $4.3 billion.
The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 reported net earnings of $16 million, or 51 cents per share, for its fiscal first-quarter 2014 ending Nov. 30, 2013, missing Wall Street consensus estimates of 53 cents per share.
Virginia and North Carolina officials pursuing high speed rail development were scheduled to meet in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, to advance HSR between the nation's capital and Charlotte, N.C.
Bombardier Transportation said Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 it will supply Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) with an additional 365 rail cars, part of BART's "Fleet of the Future," through a contract worth roughly $639 million.
Howard R. Permut, president of MTA Metro-North Railroad and an original team member of the railroad since its creation in 1983, reportedly will step down from his post by month's end.
Bridgeport, N.J.-based Pandrol USA says Luke Reardon has joined the company as a sales and customer service representative, based at company headquarters.
Culbertson, Mont., may be added to Amtrak's national network due in part to ongoing shale oil activity in the Bakken formation, primarily occurring in North Dakota, according to the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP).