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Maryland’s proposed $1.68 billion, 16-mile light rail transit Purple Line has been endorsed unanimously by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, bolstering the line’s advance ahead of two area highway projects also under consideration. The line would connect New Carrollton with Bethesda, serving as both a suburban connector and a circumferential feeder to Washington, D.C.’s Metro subway system.

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The board also approved adding rail right-of-way west of Bethesda to Silver Spring, Md., to the long-range plan for the line, which would add $480 million to the project but which is anticipated to bolster chances for federal funding support.

Officials in Maryland's Prince George’s and Montgomery counties already have approved the plan, which is expected to carry 62,500 riders per weekday. The line would include four transfer points with the Metro system, as well as transfer points for MARC and Amtrak rail services.

The project has yet to be officially approved as light rail by the state. The governor’s office is expected to weigh in later this summer. Besides LRT, a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) option had been considered. The project also has faced environmental opposition in Montgomery County.

--> Maryland’s proposed $1.68 billion, 16-mile light rail transit Purple Line has been endorsed unanimously by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, bolstering the line’s advance ahead of two area highway projects also under consi ...
A provision in the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations bill would permit transit agencies to use up to 10% of their federal stimulus funds to help pay operating costs and mitigate fare increases, service cuts, and layoffs. A total of $6.9 billion in transit formula funding has been authorized under the ...
For the U.S., what exactly is "high speed rail?" The Department of Transportation has clarified this often-murky term by defining high speed as “Intercity Passenger Rail service that is reasonably expected to reach speeds of at least 110 mph.” ...
Railroad C&S supplier industry veteran George Rudge has been named Ansaldo STS USA’s Director of Component Sales. Formerly the Account Director for the Southeast Region, he comes into the position with 35 years of service at Ansaldo STS USA and predecessor Union Switch & Signal. In his ...
Railinc has renewed its long-term relationship with Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS) with a three-year, $14 million contract for outsourced information technology services. ACS has been providing several IT technology infrastructure services to Railinc since 2002. Under the ren ...
The joint venture known as THE Partnership (THEP), consisting of Parsons Brinckerhoff, AECOM, and STV, Inc., has been awarded a contract modification worth $111 million for the New Jersey Transit/Port Authority of New York & New Jersey multi-billion-dollar, 3.5-mile Trans-Hudson Express Tunnel ( ...
The Surface Transportation board released statistics Tuesday showing that train crew employment on Class I  railroads sank to 56,370 in mid-May. That was a  decline of 17.99% from May 2008 and represented a loss of 2,963 positions in the transportation (train and engine) category. The decl ...
Genesee & Wyoming Inc. subsidiary Huron Central Railway Inc. will discontinue all operations as of Oct. 31, 2009. “The downturn in the economy has caused the Huron Central’s traffic to decline substantially over the last 12 months, to the point that the railroad is not economically v ...
The Surface  Transportation Board announced Monday that it had authorized 135-mile Arizona Eastern Railway to construct a 12.1-mile, single-track line to serve Phelps Dodge Mining Company mines in ...

Columbus, Ohio-based US Railcar Co. LLC, has acquired the rights to build diesel multiple-unit (DMU) trains based on the designs of Colorado Railcar Corp., which sought to establish itself as a primary source for DMU production in North America. Fort Lupton, Colo.-based Colorado Railcar closed its doors Dec. 23 and terminated all operations Dec. 31.

US Railcar already is touting its newly acquired DMU design, completed with retouched photographs, on its website, http://www.amrailco.com/documents/ARC-Brochure.pdf. The company says its mission is "Bringing the former Colorado Railcar DMU back to life."

 

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