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Indiana(polis) spat may sink Hoosier State Amtrak's Hoosier State, linking Indianapolis with Chicago four days a week, may be terminated due to the state capital's reluctance to provide operating funding support.
First Avenue streetcar to unite two Seattle routes The Seattle City Council on Monday, July 21, 2014, approved a First Avenue streetcar alignment that will seam together operations, the existing South Lake Union Streetcar and the similarly named First Hill streetcar, where construction has been nearly completed prior to the line's opening later this year.
U.S. freight traffic gains again in latest week U.S. freight rail traffic for the week ending July 19, 2014 advanced yet again, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, July 24, with Canadian rail traffic and Mexican carload traffic also increasing, and only Mexican intermodal failing to gain ground.
“Record results” for Wabtec in 2Q Wabtec Corp. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, reported "record results" for its second quarter.
UP 2Q results beat the Street Union Pacific said Thursday, July 24, 2014 its second-quarter net earnings rose 17%, to $1.29 billion, or $1.43 per share, measured against $1.11 billion, or $1.18 per share, in the comparable quarter of a year ago.

Breaking News

inrd-near-fatalities-underscore-trespassing-problem
July 29, 2014
Railroads, Operation Lifesaver, and law enforcement communicate three facts on a daily basis: “Railroad tracks are private property, they are not public thoroughfares, and they are very dangerous.” Yet, despite these efforts, trespasser fatalities have been on the rise. According to...
cn-cp-bring-on-the-harvest
July 28, 2014
Canada’s 2014-2015 grain harvest will soon be under way, and both CN and Canadian Pacific say they are well-prepared to accommodate the new harvest with a steady throughput rate in synch with the grain supply chain, and are able to...
epa-railcar-overview-short-term-deliveries-rising-with-a-“formidable”-backlog
July 27, 2014
Economic Planning Associates has once again raised its estimate for 2104-2015 freight car deliveries, based on “a strong first-half 2014” and “a formidable backlog” approaching 100,000 units. “In spite of a lackluster economy, second-quarter 2014 railcar orders of 33,912 units far...
indianapolis-in-action-may-scuttle-hoosier-state
July 25, 2014
Amtrak's Hoosier State, linking Indianapolis with Chicago four days a week, may be terminated due to the state capital's reluctance to provide operating funding support. Should Indianapolis fail to renew its funding, which it has supplied for one year, service could...
study-okd-for-la-orange-line-conversion
July 25, 2014
More quickly than many anticipated, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) on Thursday, July 24, 2014, approved a study weighing conversion of its Orange Line busway to light rail transit (LRT) operation. Earlier this month California Gov. Jerry Brown signed...

Blogs and More

when-you-get-a-good-deal-take-it
July 28, 2014
Arbitrator Robert O. Harris told the United Transportation Union (UTU) and railroads in 1991, then unable to agree at the bargaining table, “Welcome to the oldest established craps game in Washington. Like the suckers in ‘Guys and Dolls,’ you are risking your futures on the...
bnsf-smart-seek-historic-crew-consist-revision
July 17, 2014
A gutsy, proactive, and far-sighted collaboration between BNSF and a general committee of its largest labor union has produced a tentative agreement to allow freight trains equipped with Positive Train Control (PTC) to operate as early as next year with a lone engineer in the...
stbs-newest-status-quo-beware
July 07, 2014
Moving homogeneous electrons through wires, or freight in trucks over publicly financed highways, is hardly akin to moving cargo over privately owned and maintained railroads.
lose-rail-vote?-comeback-may-be-sooner-than-you-think
July 07, 2014
When a community decides that a new rail transit system is essential to meet its mobility needs, it's not enough to design a good project. You've got to find a way to finance it. Often, that means a public vote to authorize some kind of...
dear-senators-mccaskill-blunt-fuggetaboutit
June 25, 2014
With regard to Missouri’s two U.S. senators, Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Roy Blunt, we invoke urban slang from cranky New Yorkers, and their brethren across the Hudson in New Jersey, to suggest that they “fuggetaboutit.”