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Transit vehicle design: Comfortable, profitable
Until recently, the goal of most public transit advocates, pushing suppliers and agencies alike, was to simply get vehicles, preferably (but not even always) with adequate seating capacity. Sure, some…
Ira Hooper, 1919-2013
Ira Hooper, P.E., a former vice president and chief structural engineer of STV, died on Thursday, June 20. He was 93.
Foxx confirmed as new DOT Secretary
The Senate unanimously confirmed former Charlotte, N.C. Mayor Anthony Foxx as the new Secretary of Transportation Thursday, June 27, 2013, succeeding Ray LaHood.
Court rules MTA payroll tax should stand
A New York Appellate Court Wednesday, June 26, 2013 overturned an earlier ruling that a Payroll Mobility Tax funding the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was unconstitutional, in effect assuring that MTA…
MBTA bumps locomotive order to 40 units
MotivePower, a unit of Wabtec Corp., has signed a contract with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to supply 13 additional, next-generation HSP46 passenger locomotives to be delivered in 2014. The…
STB urged to halt Princeton Dinky truncation
Two advocacy groups on Monday, June 24, 2013 filed a petition with the Surface Transportation Board to block New Jersey Transit Corp. and Princeton University from hacking away at NJT's…
RSI sets new Passenger Rail Committee
The Railway Supply Institute said Friday, June 21 it is forming a Passenger Rail Committee, intended to "support, connect, and advocate for railway suppliers who provide equipment and services to…
Prendergast confirmed as MTA chairman
The New York State Senate confirmed Thomas F. Prendergast to serve as chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority late Thursday, June 20, 2013.
SEPTA affirms closure of Bridgeport Viaduct
SEPTA officially announced Wednesday, June 19, that it will close its Bridgeport Viaduct, a bridge spanning the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania used by SEPTA's Norristown High Speed Line, beginning July…
Secaucus Loop idea revived, tied to Gateway Tunnel
Eight New York State legislators are urging the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to pursue an elusive "one-seat ride" to New York-Penn Station for Rockland and Orange county residents, tying it to…
NTSB to Metro-North: Add track safety measures
The National Transportation Safety Board is urging Metro-North Railroad to provide more protection to track workers who depend on dispatchers for signal inspection, following the death of track worker May…
For NJT, improved parts inventory planning and availability
New Jersey Transit has purchased SmartForecasts® from Smart Software, Inc., a provider of demand forecasting, planning, and inventory optimization solutions, for its rail and bus operations. NJT’s purchase is part…
Amtrak’s vision must navigate the money trap
A mark, a yen, a buck, a pound, money makes the world go round. (Yes, lyrics from the musical, Cabaret.) But money is a scarce commodity, especially for Amtrak, which…
NJT adds (flood-resistant) storage capacity
Criticized for its response last fall to Superstorm Sandy, and the resultant damage to much of its rolling stock, New Jersey Transit has responded by securing storage space at two…
Metro-North initiates Bronx R-O-W cleanup
MTA Metro-North Railroad said Wednesday, June 12, 2013 it will accelerate track work in the Bronx, encompassing drainage improvements, tie replacements, fencing repairs, and general cleanup of the wayside for…
Connecticut electrification bill's impact doubted
Both houses of Connecticut's state legislature have unanimously passed a bill calling for electrification of Metro-North Railroad's Waterbury Branch and the Danbury Branch by 2023, bolstering access between Waterbury, Conn.,…
Philadelphia transit tour: 14 rail lines in 10 hours
As I write this, it's been just a week since I returned from the recent annual Rail Transit Conference sponsored the first week of June by the American Public Transportation…
Union Pearson Express wins Global AirRail award
A panel of international transportation experts has named Canada’s Union Pearson Express as Project of the Year at the Global AirRail Awards in Frankfurt, Germany.
New Affiliate, Associate members join AAR
The Association of American Railroads last month added one new Railroad Affiliate Member and four new Associate Members.
Metrolinx ponders electrified airport rail service
Metrolinx, the Greater Toronto Area's regional planning agency, will hold a series of four open house events this month, commencing Tuesday, June 4, 2013, to revive plans of establishing electrified…
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