Here's one observer not sweating sequestration or its effects overmuch, at least not from the transportation point of view.
Pinellas County, Fla., commissioners Tuesday approved putting a transit sales tax referendum on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot. The vote was 5-to-1.
Operation Lifesaver, Inc., in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), announced Monday that grant funds are available to transit agencies and other governmental entities for rail transit safety education and public awareness initiatives.
Citizen advocates in St. Louis are advancing a streetcar plan to connect the city's downtown with the Central West End as part of an economic development plan.
Norfolk Southern said Monday it will cease regional railcar classification operations at its Roanoke Terminal hump yard in Roanoke, Va., effective immediately. The move will eliminate 140 positions, NS said.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has championed cost-cutting during his administration, and rejected federal efforts to advance high speed rail in the Sunshine State. But Scott has allowed SunRail regional rail service to advance in the Orlando metropolitan area, and now seems willing to assist Fort Lauderdale's efforts to establish streetcar service.
Figures released Friday by the Surface Transportation Board show Class I railroads employed 162,043 people in mid-January 2013, up 1.2% from December 2012, though down 0.37%, or 609 employees, from December 2012.
ABB said Friday it has received a contract from Toronto-based electrical contractor Ozz Electric, Inc. to supply and commission rail traction power equipment for the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).
Carloads of crude oil on U.S. Class I railroads set a record in 2012, up 256% from crude carloads in 2011, modestly helping to offset declines in other freight carload categories last year, according to results released by the Association of American Railroads Thursday. Crude oil in 2012 represented 0.8% of all U.S. Class I rail carloads, up from 0.2% in 2011. AAR reports crude-only carloading data on a quarterly basis.
Erie, Pa.-based GE Transportation said Thursday New Orleans Public Belt Railroad has signed an agreement to use GE's software applications for railroad transportation management and railcar repair and maintenance.
St. Charles, Mo.-based American Railcar Industries late Wednesday reported record fourth-quarter earnings of $24.4 million, up from $5.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Revenue for the quarter was $207.7 million, up 6% from revenue in the year-ago quarter and the highest since the third quarter of 2008, the company said.
Trinity Industries announced Wednesday that Rail Group orders for 5,620 new railcars during the fourth quarter pushed its backlog to 31,990 units valued at $3.7 billion. The Rail Group shipped 4,960 railcars during the fourth quarter and 19,360 during the full year.
MTA Metro-North Railroad could make access to Manhattan's Pennsylvania Station an official priority in its next five-year capital construction program to be released in 2014, despite decades of obstructions confronting the railroad.
FreightCar America, Inc. late Tuesday reported a net loss of $1 million, or 8 cents per diluted share, on revenue of $116.6 million in the fourth quarter, compared with net income of $8.5 million, or 71 cents per diluted share, on revenue of $187.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Wabtec Corp. said Tuesday record fourth-quarter earnings per diluted share of $1.34, 40% above EPS in the fourth quarter of 2011 and topping Wall Street analyst consensus estimates of $1.31. Sales also notched a record, at $610 million, just short of analyst estimates of $611 million, and driven by the company's Transit Group.
Claude Mongeau, president and chief executive officer of CN, on Tuesday announced the promotion of Jim Vena to executive vice-president and chief operating officer.
Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm says Compania de Ferrocarriles Chiapas Mayab (FFCM), located in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, has selected RailComm for its computerized Track Warrant Control System.
Lexington, Mass.-based RailRunner, N.A., Inc. said Tuesday Wolfgang Graff, vice president and chief operating and technology officer, will return to Germany next month to oversee European responsibilities for the company.
Calgary, the second North American city to commit to modernized light rail transit, may join the ranks of such cities also diversifying into streetcar operations.