Ridership on Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operations fell 3% during 2014, driven by an 8% decline in bus ridership, CTA's largest clientele, and overshadowing a gain in rail ridership of 3.9% measured against 2013 totals.
A one-mile evacuation is complete and firefighters near Galena, Ill., on Friday, March 6, 2015 continued to monitor an ongoing fire caused by the derailment of six BNSF crude-by-rail tank cars near the Mississippi River in northern Illinois.
Norfolk Southern has named James Squires chief executive officer, succeeding Wick Moorman. The action by the company's board of directors is part of its planned succession process and will be effective June 1, 2015.
The U.S. House of Representatives on March 4, 2015 passed the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015 (PRRIA, H.R.749) “with widespread bipartisan support,” according to Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Denham (R-Calif.).
As February ended, Siemens's Sacramento, Calif., plant sent out its 35th Amtrak Cities Sprinter 64 (ACS-64) electric locomotive, reaching the halfway mark of its planned delivery of 70 units.
As part of its ongoing effort to improve safety at railroad grade crossings, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on Monday, March 2, 2015 announced a first step in a new, multi-faceted campaign aimed at strengthening enforcement and safety awareness at grade crossings.