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At high or low speed, a safety need
As the U.S. bolsters its passenger rail options, from high speed rail startups to streetcar revivals, those designing the safest land transport mode seek to make it safer still.
LIRR's largest union OKs strike
Long Island Rail Road riders may have to brace for a strike as early as next month, following a unanimous vote Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, by the LIRR's largest union…
Report: New Haven Line seriously underfunded
Connecticut officials demanding meetings and answers from Metro-North Railroad and parent Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) might pause before leveling bombast, if a new report by the Regional Plan Association carries…
Connecticut touts New Haven Line aid
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, announced that the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) will oversee a $10 million project to upgrade Metro-North Railroad's power supply for…
LIRR is No. 1 again. For now.
Congratulations to the Long Island Rail Road, once again in 2013 the unquestioned largest regional passenger railroad by ridership in the nation. Let's see if it can hold that prize.…
More BiLevel coaches for GO Transit
Metrolinx, the agency overseeing the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area in Ontario, said it has awarded Bombardier Transportation a contract to supply an additional 65 double-deck coaches for GO Transit…
NRHS sets RailCamp 2014 agenda
The National Railway Historical Society each summer sponsors RailCamp, a venue that gives hands-on contemporary railroading and railroad preservation experience to high school students, allowing them to interact directly with…
CapMetro plans R-O-W capacity upgrade
Austin, Tex.'s Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CapMetro) plans to add a second track at three stations on its existing route, as well as upgrade signaling and grade-crossing equipment, in order…
DOT shuffles Rogoff, McMillan to fill vacancy
Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff has been appointed Under Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Appropriations bill: For rail, some gains, some losses
Congress finalized the Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations late Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, and President Obama was expected to sign the bill Saturday, Jan. 18. Rail programs—with a few notable exceptions—have…
Railway Age's 2014 Passenger Railcar Outlook
The customer pool for North American passenger car suppliers keeps growing, as Railway Age reports in its January 2014 issue.
Perspective: Refining RRIF to include commuter rail
Famed French writer Victor Hugo said, “There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.” Repurposing the Railroad…
Court upholds MTA payroll mobility tax
New York State's Court of Appeals on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, upheld the payroll mobility tax used to help fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), denying a repeal of the…
APTA: Transit ridership up in 3Q, year-to-date
The American Public Transportation Association says Americans continue to turn to public transit in increasing numbers, totaling 2.7 billion trips in the third quarter, up 1.5% from the comparable period…
FY14 appropriations good for TIGER, Amtrak
Congressional conference committee members cobbling together an actual fiscal year 2014 federal budget have reportedly agreed on budgetary numbers fairly favorable to Amtrak and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER)…
Salpeas, Steven LaRocco advance at Parsons
Passenger rail veterans Takis Salpeas and Steven A. LaRocco have advanced to new positions in the Rail & Transit Systems Division of Parsons, effective immediately.
Senators push FRA order for locomotive cameras
Two U.S. Senators are urging the Federal Railroad Administration to mandate cameras on board passenger locomotives and operating cab cars in order to provide detailed information on potential derailments.
Wabtec lands MARC PTC contract
The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a $13 million contract with Wabtec Corp. subsidiary Wabtec Railway Electronics to install Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment on MARC regional passenger…
Giulietti named new Metro-North president
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast announced Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, the appointment of Joseph J. Giulietti as Metro-North Railroad president, succeeding Howard Permut, who will retire…
Cuomo backs Metro-North line to Penn Station
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, considered by many to be lukewarm at best in his support for rail transit improvements in the Empire State, emphasized his support Wednesday, Jan. 8,…
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