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Railroads free, leave us be! Freedom from excessive regulation helped transform the freight railroads into the most cost effective of all transportation modes. There’s no reason to change that.
Industry leaders converge at Rail Insights conference Railway Age was in Chicago June 17-18 at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel for its first-annual Rail Insights conference, structured as a series of conversations with industry leaders who, with Railway Age’s experienced team of editors, engaged in an interactive dialogue to explore the challenges, issues and trends affecting the North American rail market.
Senate passes S.808 The U.S. Senate on June 19, 2015 passed S.808, the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015, which would authorize appropriations for STB programs, establish the STB as a government agency independent of the Department of Transportation, and authorize other key changes in the agency’s operations.
Toronto’s troubled trolleys The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has been experiencing significant delivery delays and quality control issues with its 204-unit order of new low-floor LRVs from Bombardier Transportation Canada Inc. The contract, valued at an estimated $C1.2 billion, was awarded to Bombardier in June 2009, with assembly to be completed at its Thunder Bay (Ontario) plant.
New rail study: “Policy must tolerate market power” For more than three decades, railroad regulators have used the same method to determine which shippers are captive; and, if so, to determine a remedy to limit railroad market power and assure rates charged captive shippers are reasonable.

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July 07, 2015
“We are lowering earnings expectations for most railroads to reflect traffic results,” says Cowen and Company Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor Jason Seidl, regarding the upcoming second-quarter financial earnings of the Class I railroads. “While a material...
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July 07, 2015
Handheld personal computing devices are improving how the rail industry manages critical assets. Data—specifically, how to compile and manage it—often seems like it’s approaching overload level. Only recently has data management caught up with 21st century data management tools, namely, handheld...
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July 07, 2015
Amid climbing ridership, the MBTA is looking to avoid last year’s winter weather shutdown. Despite the historically brutal winter that hit New England in 2014 causing delays and cancellations throughout the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) system, MBTA ridership hit a...
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July 07, 2015
In preparing for the upcoming harvest and continuing to look for ways to innovate and develop new approaches to doing business, Canadian National Railway Company (CN) has introduced a new suite of products for western Canadian grain for the 2015-16...
July 06, 2015
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has formed a strategic partnership with the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC) to increase the number of metro Atlanta Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) eligible to compete for transit-related contracts. The structure, year-long Mentor...
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Railway Tie Association 94th Annual Symposium and Technical Conference
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 08:00am
To Thursday, October 25, 2012
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Location : Tampa Marriott Waterside and Marina, Tampa, Fla.
Contact : Debbie Corallo, Tel.: 770-460-5553; Email: dcorallo@rta.org;
Website: www.rta.org

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July 02, 2015
The following are comments by Michael R. Weinman, Managing Director, PTSI Transportation, in response to the “reasoned and considered thoughts” expressed by Dr. Francis P. Mulvey in the Guest Blog published by Railway Age on June 30, 2015, “We must do something transformational about...
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June 30, 2015
Amtrak’s May 12th Philadelphia train derailment has renewed focus on funding Amtrak. With more than 200 people injured and eight fatalities, the debate has shifted from “Can we agree to do anything for Amtrak?” to “How much can we agree to do for Amtrak?”
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June 23, 2015
Following almost six months of unemployment, and nearly a year of dining on the gristle of uncertainty, Dan Elliott is returning to the Surface Transportation Board following voice-vote Senate confirmation June 22. President Obama previously said he would rename Elliott as agency chairman upon confirmation....
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June 19, 2015
High school graduation. Time for friends, family, celebration, and taking senior photos and videos. Lots of young people seek the perfect artistic backdrop: a “vanishing vista.” What better, more artistic vanishing vista is there than railroad tracks diminishing into the distance, right?
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June 18, 2015
A large percentage of the general public, specifically, the passenger-train-riding public, does not understand Positive Train Control—if they’ve even heard of it. For that matter, neither do many of the legislators that imposed the year-end PTC implementation deadline, but that’s another story. And neither do...