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APTA: U.S. transit ridership highest in 58 years
U.S. use of public transit, including bus and various rail modes, in 2014 attained the highest level in 58 years, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) said Monday, March 9,…
No slowdown for FasTracks
Want proof that American cities away from the coastlines can commit to passenger rail and an auto-alternatives future? Look to Denver. Denver's Regional Transportation District (RTD) may be guilty of modesty.
PRRIA passes House; Amtrak-killing amendment squashed; Denham dances over California HSR implications
The U.S. House of Representatives on March 4, 2015 passed the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015 (PRRIA, H.R.749) “with widespread bipartisan support,” according to Railroads, Pipelines and…
DOT grants NJT more SuperStorm Sandy funds
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded New Jersey Transit about $147 million through the Federal Transit Administration's Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program for repair, recovery, and resiliency projects associated…
Orlando SunRail expansion faces delay
SunRail regional ("commuter") train service expansions south of the current system into Florida's Osceola County, and north to DeLand, face potential delays of at least six months, Florida's Department of…
Metrolink crash injures dozens, five critically
A Metrolink train on the system's Ventura County Line hit a truck abandoned at a road-rail grade crossing near Oxnard, Calif., Tuesday morning, Feb. 24, 2015, resulting in numerous injuries,…
Union Pearson Express electrification gets nudge
Ontario Environment Minister Glen Murray has ruled no environmental assessment will be needed to electrify the Union Pearson Express (UPX) route linking Toronto's Union Station and Lester B. Pearson International…
MBTA restores full rail transit service
Massachusetts Bay Transporation Authority said Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 it has restored normal service frequency to all branches and stations throughout its core subway and trolley system (the "T") in…
Bombardier makes fiscal, personnel moves
Bombardier said Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 that it will raise C$750 million (about US$600 million) through the sale of 339.4 million subscription receipts to a syndicate of underwriters, in order…
Hartman to lead Network Rail Consulting North America
Network Rail Consulting, a wholly owned subsidiary of Network Rail, owner and operator of Britain’s railway infrastructure, has appointed Ron Hartman as Vice President of North America.
Progress Rail gets Metra locomotive rehab work
Chicagoland's Metra has awarded Progress Rail Services Corp. a $91.1 million contract to rehabilitate 41 EMD F40PH-2 and F40PHM-2 locomotives to "like new" condition. The locomotives were manufactured between 1989…
Amidst snowstorms, MBTA GM steps down
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) General Manager Beverly Scott announced late Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, she was stepping down from her position, following mounting criticism of MBTA's operational struggles due…
Metrolinx RFI eyes EMU and locomotive options
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area agency Metrolinx has issued a Request for Information (RFI) spanning a range of propulsion options for future GO Transit equipment, including electric multiple-units (EMUs), electric…
Railway Age’s Vantuono appears on ABC News
Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono appeared on the Sunday, Feb. 7, 2015 edition of “Eyewitness News Up Close with Diana Williams” on WABC-TV in New York to talk about…
Votes, media time, press clippings—or safety?
I never get tired of explaining the simple mathematics that govern safe train operations. The more thorough our grasp of the simple mathematics of time, distance, velocity, acceleration, coefficient of…
Grand Central LIRR concourse contract awarded
New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 that GCT Constructors, JV, a joint venture consisting of Schiavone Construction Co. and John P. Picone Inc., has been…
Fed funds to aid NJT storm warning system
New Jersey Transit will receive $843,750 in federal funds to develop a validated forecast and warning system, in partnership with Stevens Institute of Technology located in Hoboken, N.J., one of…
The right equipment is not perfect equipment
After the most recent tragedy, and tragedy it is, on MTA Metro-North Railroad, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) were interviewed by telephone.
OLI president laments Metro-North incident
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) President Joyce Rose commented Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, on the Feb. 3 collision in Valhalla, N.Y., involving an SUV and a Metro-North Railroad consist.
Six dead in Metro-North grade crossing collision: Update
Six people are dead following a horrific grade crossing collision involving a packed Metro-North train and a Mercedes Benz SUV just north of the Valhalla, N.Y., train station on the…
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