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Second Miami streetcar plan gets new life A plan to implement streetcar service in Miami, originally proposed nine years ago, has been revived as a possible public-private partnership (PPP) initiative.
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.
Norfolk Southern notches record second quarter Norfolk Southern Corp. early Wednesday, July 23, 2014 reported "record net income" of $462 million, or diluted earnings per share of $1.79, in the second quarter. Those marks were 21% and 23% higher, respectively, from the $465 million, or $1.46 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2013.
CN 2Q earnings show strength Rebounding from a first quarter hampered by what its CEO called the "winter of a lifetime," CN late Monday, July 21, 2014 reported second-quarter net income of C$847 million (US$789 million), up 18% from C$717 million in the second quarter of 2013.
RSI: 2Q railcar orders, deliveries flex muscle The Railway Supply Institute on Friday, July 18, 2014, released its railcar industry order, delivery, and backlog statistics for the second quarter, with the data showing strong growth, which one analyst attributes largely to ongoing crude-by-rail (CBR) developments.

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July 23, 2014
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...
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July 23, 2014
Splitting the modal difference, the Board of Directors for Denver's Regional Transportation District (RTD) has approved a light rail transit exentsion along with a "rapid bus" route. The LRT project, the Southeast Rail Extension in Douglas County, extends the existing Southeast...
norfolk-southern-notches-record-second-quarter
July 23, 2014
Norfolk Southern Corp. early Wednesday, July 23, 2014 reported "record net income" of $462 million, or diluted earnings per share of $1.79, in the second quarter. Those marks were 21% and 23% higher, respectively, from the $465 million, or $1.46...
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July 22, 2014
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...
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July 22, 2014
Schellville, Calif.-based short line Northwestern Pacific Railroad Co. (NWP) has expressed displeasure with recent actions undertaken by Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) actions that the freight railroad says is disrupting its service capabilities. In a letter dated July 4, 2014, sent...
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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...
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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...
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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.”
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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...