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04 January 2012

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As interest continues to build for high speed passenger operations, there is a significant potential for the addition of higher speed passenger trains to existing freight railroad lines.

Almost any way you look at it, railroads are getting safer. The latest report from the Federal Railroad Administration’s Office ofSafety Analysis, covering the first 10 months of the years 2008-2011, shows continuous improvement.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Wednesday formally awarded more than $186 million to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for its higher-speed rail project (HrSR), saying the project will reduce travel times and put Americans back to work this spring.

Bloomfield, N.J.-based Atlantic Track on Tuesday announced several personnel appointments, many involving staffing at the company’s new Southeast regional office in Atlanta. 

Erie, Pa.-based GE Transportation said it had completed its acquisition of software provider RMI from The Carlyle Group. GE said late Tuesday the acquisition significantly expands its Software and Optimization Solutions business to serve railroad customers worldwide. Terms of the deal were not di ...
The Railway Supply Institute has noted a lobbying effort by the trucking industry could encourage Congress to increase truck sizes and/or truck weight on the nation’s roadways in the next surface transportation bill, ...

Dear Railway Age and Rail Group News readers,

Happy New Year. January 1 marked my first day as Publisher of the Simmons-Boardman Rail Division, which consists of Railway Age, International Railway Journal, and Railway Track & Structures.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley last week said the state will budget about $69 million in state funding for engineering work related to the proposed 16-mile Purple Line Light Rail project. ...

As part of the launch of its 150th anniversary celebration website, Union Pacific Railroad says it will award more than $35,000 in prizes to the top entries that remake the company’s classic 1970s television commercial, “We Can Handle It.” 

U.S. freight carload traffic for the week ending Dec. 24, 2011 was up a hefty 11.9% compared with the same week one year ago, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. U.S. intermodal volume for the same week was up 22.9% from the same week last year. 

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