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Some see it as a one-month fluke; others say it’s the start of a new hierarchy. Whatever the case, MTA Metro-North Railroad September 2010 ridership edged out that of its older brother, the Long Island Rail Road, for the first time in Metro-North’s 29-year history, m ...
National Company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (Kazakh Rail) has selected IBM to provide hardware and software to help optimize its freight and passenger operations. The system includes an IBM z10 mainframe computer. ...

Amtrak says it has ended exploratory talks with New Jersey Transit about reviving the cancelled ARC trans-Hudson commuter rail tunnel.

In a brief statement, Amtrak said: “We’re no longer interested in this project. There were exploratory talks going on with NJT. The talks have stopped. That was commuter rail, and we are interested in intercity rail projects.”

--> Amtrak says it has ended exploratory talks with New Jersey Transit about reviving the cancelled ARC trans-Hudson commuter rail tunnel.In a brief statement, Amtrak said: “We’re no longer interested in this project. There we ...

Izmir, Turkey, has placed a $52.7 million order for an undisclosed number of light rail vehicles (LRVs) from China’s CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Research Institute Co., Ltd. The LRVs will begin being delivered in June 2012. 

According to the English-language edition of People’s Daily, the order is the first where passenger rail vehicles incorporating China’s own intellectual property rights are being sold to “the European market.” Izmir lies on Turkey’s western coast along the Aegean Sea, making its actual location on the Asian continent.

--> Izmir, Turkey, has placed a $52.7 million order for an undisclosed number of light rail vehicles (LRVs) from China’s CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Research Institute Co., Ltd. The LRVs will begin being delivered in June 2012.  ...
Tom Judge, who has been Editor of Railway Track & Structures magazine since joining Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation in July 1998, will be retiring effective Dec. 31, 2010. Managing Editor Mischa Wanek-Libman, who has been with the publication nine years, will become Editor of ...
Harsco Corp. said Thursday it has landed two new railway equipment orders in China totaling close to $11 million. The orders, both for major rapid transit system operators in China, call for 20-stone rail grinders for delivery in 2011. ...
U.S. carload freight gained 4.9% in the week ending November 6 over the comparable week one year ago, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. Intermodal continued its more torrid advance, up 11.7% compared with one year ago. ...
New York City, claiming fiscal constraints, declined to contribute to the $8.7 billion Access to the Region’s Core project designed to increase trans-Hudson passenger rail capacity between New York and New Jersey. But city real estate interests have made it clear they’ll accept $3.3 bil ...
Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell on Wednesday announced $32.5 million in state grants to 38 rail projects in 28 counties that he said “will upgrade and add capacity, stimulate local economies, and provide as many as 2,500 jobs.”“Transportation investment equals jobs, ...

DOT Secretary Ray LaHood had a blunt message Tuesday for states that want to spend their high speed rail grants on highways or rail freight projects: Use the grants for passenger rail or return the money to Washington, said LaHood.

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