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Emergency Order 29: Where’s the consistency?
When we investigate accidents and injuries, when we analyze failures of any sort on any railroad, we are searching for a root cause—that determining factor, or factors, that drive the…
NJT offers SUPER PASS for Super Bowl XLVIII
New Jersey Transit on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, launched "a commemorative, unlimited ride SUPER PASS that will speed travel for customers utilizing the agency's transit system throughout Super Bowl Week."
FRA issues emergency order to Metro-North
In the wake of the Dec. 1, 2013 wreck of an MTA Metro-North Railroad train that was apparently caused by an overspeed condition and that resulted in four deaths and…
Spuyten Duyvil: Why? A safety expert weighs in
Pearl Harbor. Dallas. 9-11. Lac Mégantic. Now we have “Spuyten Duyvil” to add to the collection of names that, before they became linked to tragedy and loss of life, were…
Gotham's robust rail growth
MTA is readying infrastructure additions; continuing to repair, upgrade, and harden existing facilities; and acquiring new rolling stock, all in order to meet increasing passenger demand.
Metro-North wreck kills four, injures 63
Four people were killed and 63 were injured, 11 critically, when a seven-car Metro-North train derailed on a curve and rolled over at 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1. The…
Denver RTD OKs electric rail line contract
Denver's Regional Transportation District (RTD) on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 awarded a $343 million contract to Graham, Balfour Beatty, Hamon Constructors for construction of the region's first electrified regional/commuter passenger…
Pennsylvania passes transport funding measure
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has passed a $2.3 billion transportation package that raises the state gas tax and provides funding for rail operations in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and on Amtrak's Keystone…
SMART preps for Marin County R-O-W work
Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) has approved a $68.7 million construction contract for design and construction of right-of-way in Marin County, Calif., to commence next year.
Siemens, Bombardier pair on NYMTA PTC
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has awarded a contract to a consortium of Siemens Rail Automation and Bombardier Transportation Rail Control Solutions to install Positive Train Control (PTC) on…
SYSTRA names Kerr Adler EVP Marketing and Business Development
SYSTRA USA has named Susannah Kerr Adler, AIA, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Business Development.
APTA, UNIFE sign MOU
The European Rail Industry Association (UNIFE) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) “to reinforce ties between the European and American rail sectors.”
AREMA Hay Award-winning project designed by Parsons
Parsons Transportation Group was the lead designer for the Utah Transit Authority’s FrontRunner South commuter rail project, which the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) selected for its 2013…
FasTracks North Metro contract awarded
Denver's Regional Transportation District (RTD) on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, awarded a $343 million contract to an engineering consortium led by Graham Contracting Ltd. for design and construction of RTD's…
Ottawa eyes rail link to airport
Ottawa officials plan to meet with their counterparts of the Ottawa International Airport Authority to ponder an airport-rail link for the Canadian national capital.
LIRR hails renovated Queens Village Station
MTA Long Island Rail Road President Helena E. Williams and New York State Assemblywoman Barbara Clark on Oct. 30, 2013 marked the renovation of Queens Village Station, located within the…
First MBTA HSP-46 at TTCI for testing
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s first new HSP-46 regional/commuter rail locomotive has arrived at TTCI in Pueblo, Colo., to undergo testing before it is delivered to Boston and operator MBCR…
BART workers on strike
Six months of labor negotiations between BART employees and management failed to yield enough agreement to avoid a strike, with BART workers walking off the job Friday, Oct. 18, 2013,…
L.B. Foster announces appointments in global sales and product management
As a part of ongoing efforts by L.B. Foster “to create a more customer centered organization” in its global Rail Business, the company has added sales staff and product management…
New York court upholds MTA payroll tax
The New York State Court of Appeals turned down an appeal Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 to overturn a payroll tax that helps fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
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