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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.
DOT issues open-ended NPRM on CBR, other flammable fuels The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, issued a long-anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) involving a new, stricter set of rules for crude-by-rail (CBR) train movements and other shipments of “flammable fuels,” designated as HHFT (high-hazard flammable trains). A 60-day comment period is now in effect.

Breaking News

us-freight-traffic-gains-again-in-latest-week
July 24, 2014
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...
bay-area-short-line-were-ok-with-smart-project
July 24, 2014
The general counsel for Northwestern Pacific Railroad Co. (NWP) has moved to defuse complaints from NWP's Vice President Jacob Park related to implementing passenger rail service in Sonoma and Marin counties in northern California. In a letter dated July 4, 2014,...
canadian-police-seek-to-block-sale-of-ill-fated-mma-locomotive
July 24, 2014
Quebec provincial police are attempting to prevent the auction of the former Montreal, Maine & Atlantic GE C30-7 locomotive that played a key role in the July 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail disaster, wrote Andy Blatchford of The Canadian Press on July...
record-results-for-wabtec-in-2q
July 24, 2014
Wabtec Corp. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, reported "record results" for its second quarter. Wilmerding, Pa.-based Wabtec said income from operations was a record $132 million, or 18.1%, compared with 17.6% in the second quarter of 2013. Record sales of $731...
up-2q-results-beat-the-street
July 24, 2014
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. The results exceeded Wall Street...

Blogs and More

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.”
green-railroads-and-the-box-turtle-standard
June 19, 2014
One hears the word "green" more than ever at any given rail conference, not without reason. Most in the rail world, naturally enough, apply the allusion to themselves and their fellow human beings. Most want a cleaner, greener world, a better environment, for themselves and...