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04 April 2011

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The Association of American Railroads says it is urging the Department of Transportation (DOT) to modify six regulations that cost the industry hundreds of millions of dollars each year. AAR says it submitted the list in response to DOT’s request for comments regarding regulations issued by t ...
Launched last April, the Pacific Northwest-Chicagoland Express Cold Train is expanding service to meet rapidly growing demand. This year will see expansion to the Southwest market. The refrigerated intermodal container service went into operation in partnership with the Port of Quincy ...
Amtrak has issued an updated fleet strategy plan for replacing both conventional and high speed rail passenger equipment, re-emphasizing that its current fleet is nearing an average age of 26 years. The update, following an initial report issued last year, reflects the current state of t ...
Phoenix Valley Metro Light Rail still is planning an extension of its LRT operations from downtown Phoenix along Interstate 10 to the 79th Avenue Park-and-Ride. But the extension, currently scheduled to open in 2021, could be delayed by a reduction in Proposition 400 tax money due to a bad econom ...
Bombardier Transportation said Monday it has received an order from Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (RNV) for 11 new low-floor trams. The latest order, valued at $47 million, is a further option of a contract signed in 1998. The low-floor trams will serve the joint network of the transport operators of ...
Of the 60 fatalities reported by U.S. railroads in January, 58 were caused by highway-rail grade crossing collisions (27) and trespassing (31), according to preliminary figures posted March 31 by the Surface Transportation Board's Office of Safety Analysis. The two other fatalities were not immediat ...
Ontario regional transport agency Metrolinx on Friday said it has entered into a C$53 million contract with Sumitomo Corp. of America to supply 12 diesel multiple-units (DMU) trains for the Air Rail Link (ARL) between Toronto’s Union Station and Lester B. Pearson International Airport. Sumitomo ...
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New Westminster, B.C.-based Southern Railway of British Columbia (SRY) maintains the track, and was to begin seasonal service using thebridge next week, under its subsidiary Southern Railway of Vancouver Island. Thetrack is owned by the not-for-profit Island Corridor Foundation, a partnership includingFirst Nations representatives and local governments on Vancouver Island. <br><br>

Victoria voters last November approved a referendum to borrow C$49.2 million to replace the bridge, which was deemed by city engineers to be too costly to repair and bring up to seismic standards. But city councilors subsequently decided against including a rail crossing as part of project, projected to cost C$77 million in total, because Victoria was unable to secure financial assistance from other public or private-sector partners. --> Officials in Victoria, British Columbia, on Friday closed the city’s Johnson Street bridge to rail traffic after an inspection discovered corrosion of key structural supports. Pedestrian and bicycle use of the bridge remains unaffected. Engineers with Stantech Consulting Ltd. found ...
While signaling and communications is most often associated with safety (and rightly so), its role goes far deeper. “Wayside signals have been a familiar feature of railroads ever since the industry’s beginnings,” according to the Encyclopedia of North American Railroads. “In essence, sig ...

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