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Movable bridge best-practices
Even with the use of advanced technology, movable bridge machinery on an electrified railway remains a complex combination of structural, mechanical, and electrical systems.
Learner joins Amtrak Chicago panel
Howard Learner, an attorney who serves as president of the Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center, has joined Amtrak’s Chicago Gateway Initiative, a blue ribbon panel of rail and transportation…
Final rail laid on Denver RTD East Rail Line
Denver's Regional Transit District (RTD) said Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 that the last steel rail had been laid in RTD's East Rail Line, linking Denver Union Station and Denver International…
RTD’s first EMUs arrive in Denver
Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) trumpeted the arrival of its first electric multiple-unit (EMU) consist of four cars onto RTD territory late Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. RTD on Friday subsequently…
Sound Transit seeks new revenue sources
Seattle's Sound Transit governing board on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 voted to seek new revenue sources for continued expansion of its rail, light rail, and bus system serving three urban…
Two MTA railroads to acquire video cameras
Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road won approval from a committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board of Directors on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 to award contracts totaling…
First RTD EMUs on their way to Denver
The first electric multiple-unit coaches ordered by the Denver Regional Transportation District, for its electric regional commuter rail system, have departed the Hyundai-Rotem plant in South Philadelphia for Denver.
Metra flirts with fixed seating
Throughout its three decades of existence, Chicagoland’s Metra regional rail service has resisted the widespread adaptation of “fixed-seat” consists by other North American transit agencies, arguing that its customers prefer…
Austin urban rail plan: Behind voters' rejection
Nov. 4, 2014 (U.S. national election day) was bad news for some important transit ballot measures, but in Austin, Tex., voters' rejection of a seriously flawed "urban rail" (light rail)…
Caltrain electrification costs, timeframe increase
The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board on Nov. 11, 2014 received updated information about a higher projected cost and extended timeframe for the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP), which includes…
Metrolinx selects Bytemark for mobile ticketing app
Metrolinx, Toronto’s regional public transportation provider, has selected mobile transit ticketing supplier Bytemark to develop a mobile ticketing system for Union Pearson Express, the soon-to-open regional rail link connecting Toronto…
FHWA approves CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel project alternative
The Federal Highway Administration has approved a preferred construction alternative for CSX’s Virginia Avenue Tunnel project, enabling CSX to complete the tunnel’s design and initiate the construction permitting process.
NTSB, Metro-North, and politicians, Part 3
Let’s continue with my comments from Part 1 and Part 2 on the Oct. 28, 2014 National Transportation Safety Board press conference regarding NTSB’s determination of the causes of five…
Why NTSB got it wrong
I forced myself to review every miserable second of the Oct. 28, 2014 NTSB press conference regarding NTSB’s determination of the causes of five accidents on Metro-North Railway (MNR), for…
“Schumenthal” at their self-serving best and worst
I never thought I would find myself in the position of defending the Federal Railroad Administration, at least from anyone other than the Ayn Rand-Alan Greenspan-Phil Gramm-Rush Limbaugh types out…
NTSB, others savage Metro-North, FRA on safety
The National Transporation Safety Board (NTSB) on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, publicly identified several recurring safety issues plaguing Metro-North Railroad in past years, including inadequate and ineffective track inspection and…
MTA taps NTSB for new safety czar
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has named National Transportation Safety Board Managing Director David L. Mayer as the agency’s new Chief Safety Officer.
Connecticut governor rebrands "Hartford Line"
Unveiling a new logo for regional rail service 12 days before Election Day, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state Department of Transportation announced capital adjustments to the newly…
"SEPTA Key" smart card to debut next year
Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) says its $130 million smart-card payment system, now dubbed "SEPTA Key," will be implemented on Philadelphia-area buses and subways beginning early next year, with implementation…
MBTA Fairmount Line to get DMUs
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and other elected officials announced plans for Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Fairmount Line, linking Boston's South Station with Boston's Readville neighborhood, to become a more efficient…
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