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Public transit tax break slashed for 2014
U.S. public transit users headed for work, school, or other tasks as 2014 began once again were receiving unequal fiscal pre-tax transport treatment from the federal government, something that was…
MCBR plans new maintenance facility in contract-renewal bid
The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co., contract operator for MBTA commuter trains, says it will build a $65 million train maintenance facility on the south side of South Station to…
MTA touts LIRR, Metro-North apps
New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) says customers using Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road services can now turn to official apps for real-time train information.
Bombardier gets TransLink contract
Bombardier Transportation said Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 it has signed a contract to provide train operations for TransLink's West Coast Express regional rail system in the Lower Mainland region of…
LIRR taps Ansaldo STS for signal project
Ansaldo STS said Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 it has been awarded a $20.5 million signaling contract to provide MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) an upgraded 45-mile segment of right-of-way…
SMART gets more funds, adds station to line
Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) said Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has approved $16.7 million in funds to extend passenger rail service to the site…
NCTD notes work schedule for COASTER route
California's North County Transit District (NCTD) on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 specified track work dates for its Coastal Rail Line, used by its COASTER regional rail service, and part of…
NJT completes mobile ticketing rollout
New Jersey Transit has completed systemwide rollout of its mobile rail ticketing, MyTix, expanded it to the Northeast Corridor and Atlantic City Rail Line. MyTix enables customers to purchase and…
Sound Transit taps Wabtec for PTC
Wilmerding, Pa.-based Wabtec Corp. said Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 it has signed a $34 million contract with Seattle's Sound Transit to design, install, test, and commission a Positive Train Control (PTC)…
Harsco Rail, Protran Technology sign pact
Harsco Rail, a division of Harsco Corp., said Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 it signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Protran Technology.
FRA diving deeper into Metro-North
The Federal Railroad Administration will launch a 60-day comprehensive safety assessment of MTA Metro-North Railroad in response to the December 1st crash that killed four and injured 63. Operation Deep…
Porcari joins PB in executive role
John D. Porcari, former Deputy Secretary, United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), has been named Senior Vice President and National Director of Strategic Consulting at Parsons Brinckerhoff. He will be…
Perris Valley Line groundbreaking looms
Construction of Metrolink's 24-mile Perris Valley Line extension in southern California is expected to begin next month, backed by $75 million in additional federal funding announced Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
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…
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