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Wednesday, 07 November 2012
07 November 2012

Houston LRT backers decry OK to divert funds

Light rail transit advocates in Houston Wednesday morning mourned passage by voters of a referendum allowing Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro) to divert 25% of its transit sales tax collection to roads, bridges, sidewalks, and other non-rail infrastructure. Metro itself supp ...
Wednesday, 07 November 2012
07 November 2012

Eastern U.S. rail initiatives gain ground

Arlington, Va., voters Tuesday approved a $31.9 million transportation bond by a healthy four-to-one margin, making $14.6 million available for improvements to the WMATA Metrorail. Upgrades in WMATA's Virginia stations would include larger station platforms to accommodate 8-car trains, and f ...
Wednesday, 07 November 2012
07 November 2012

Twin California defeats loom for rail

Los Angeles County voters Tuesday who supported Measure J, extending a half-cent tax for public transportation, accounted for 65% of those voting on the measure, thus falling short of a supermajority needed to pass the measure.

Tuesday, 06 November 2012
06 November 2012

FRA reports new rail safety gains

The Federal Railroad Administration's preliminary safety report for the period January-August 2012 shows continued safety gains in key areas of freight railroading.

Tuesday, 06 November 2012
06 November 2012

In LA, Measure J seeks more transit funds

At least 19 measures involving rail and public transit are on the ballot Tuesday across the U.S., with Los Angeles County potentially the biggest player involved. Voters in America's second-largest city and surrounding munciipalities will decide whether to extend a half-cent sales tax (the existi ...
Tuesday, 06 November 2012
06 November 2012

BNSF surge beefs up Berkshire earnings

Omaha, Neb.-based Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. continues to reap handsome returns from its purchase of BNSF Railway. Berkshire late Monday announced that total third-quarter revenue grew 22% year-over-year to $41.1 billion, with a particularly strong performance from BNSF.

Tuesday, 06 November 2012
06 November 2012

Talgo, Inc. sues Wisconsin

Attorneys for Seattle-based Talgo, Inc. on Monday announced they had filed a lawsuit on behalf of the rail equipment manufacturer against the state of Wisconsin, based on the state's decision "to terminate its contract with the State of Wisconsin to build passenger trains to be used by the State ...
Monday, 05 November 2012
05 November 2012

STB takes new look at "paper barriers"

The Surface Transportation Board has announced a proposal to require disclosure of additional information concerning interchange commitments—known as "paper barriers"—underlying a lease or rail-line sale filed with the board.

Monday, 05 November 2012
05 November 2012

IANA: Domestic container growth continues

Domestic container volume recorded double digit growth for the fourth quarter in a row, according to the Intermodal Association of North America's (IANA) Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics report, released Monday.

Monday, 05 November 2012
05 November 2012

For NJT, equipment damage looms large

New York-area residents attempted some resumption of "normal" travel-to-work routine Monday, with varying degrees of success. But New Jersey residents may be deprived of adequate rail transit alternatives for far longer than their counterparts in New York State and Connecticut may expect, in larg ...
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