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Friday, 24 May 2013
24 May 2013

Testing set for Houston MetroRail extension

Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston Metro) says a test train will appear on the MetroRail North Line light rail transit extension Tuesday, May 28, presaging the opening of the extension ahead of schedule.

Thursday, 23 May 2013
23 May 2013

U.S. intermodal, carload traffic up, AAR says

U.S. freight traffic scored solid gains during the week ending May 18, 2013, the Association of American Railroads said May 23. U.S. freight carload traffic advanced 1.9% measured against the comparable week in 2012, while U.S. intermodal did even better on a percentage basis, up 3.5%.

Thursday, 23 May 2013
23 May 2013

LA neighborhood gets desired LRT stop

In Los Angeles, rail advocates in the Crenshaw neighborhood has lobbied to be included in LA Metro's namesake light rail line, despite concerns expressed that the money required was not available. A local station now appears more likely, though the station's actual configuration remains unresolve ...

Amtrak’s board of directors has extended the contract of President and CEO Joe Boardman “for his achievements in improving operational and financial performance, and to provide continuity of leadership critical to the ongoing implementation of the company’s strategic plan.”

Thursday, 23 May 2013
23 May 2013

Engineer shortage hampers SEPTA operations

A shortage of qualified engineers is causing annulments of SEPTA regional rail service trains, with some SEPTA employees predicting the problem will become more acute.

SYSTRA has implemented enhancements to its RAILSIM® modeling program for the Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System (ACSES) Positive Train Control (PTC) system. ACSES is the overlay PTC technology utilized on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
22 May 2013

Maryland pledges (limited) Purple Line funds

The long-running political struggle over Maryland's Purple Line light rail transit proposal became more complex as state officials pledged $280 million to the project, but said private funding would likely be required as well.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013
22 May 2013

Edmonton taps Axion for rail ties

Axion International Holdings, Inc. said May 22 that it has received a purchase order for ECOTRAX specialty rail ties from Edmonton Transit System, to be applied on the Albertan capital's light rail transit system.

Figures released Tuesday, May 21, by the Surface Transportation Board show Class I railroads employed 163,775 people in mid-April, up 1.11% from April 2012, and up 716 people, or 0.44%, from the previous month of March.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013
21 May 2013

Contract awarded for WMATA Silver Line Phase 2

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) has awarded the first of three-design-build contracts for the second phase of Washington Area Transit Authority's (WMATA) Silver Line, which will extend the line from Wiehle Avenue in Reston, Va., to Washington Dulles International Airport, termin ...
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