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Obituary: Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, 89
U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), an ardent passenger rail champion who first was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1982, died Monday, June 3, 2013, at the age of…
For EMD, a passenger rail rebirth
After an absence of 12 years, Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. (a subsidiary of the Progress Rail Services Corp. division of Caterpillar Inc.’s Rail Division) has reentered the passenger locomotive market.
Schumer, Lautenberg, LaHood announce major Gateway Program funding step
Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced May 30 that that the USDOT “has begun the process of fulfilling Amtrak’s request…
Bombardier issues fourth Sustainability Report
Bombardier Transportation has published its fourth bi-annual Sustainability Report, which the company says showcases its 2011/2012 CSR achievements.
Engineer shortage hampers SEPTA operations
A shortage of qualified engineers is causing annulments of SEPTA regional rail service trains, with some SEPTA employees predicting the problem will become more acute.
SYSTRA improves RAILSIM® capabilities for ASCES modeling
SYSTRA has implemented enhancements to its RAILSIM® modeling program for the Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System (ACSES) Positive Train Control (PTC) system. ACSES is the overlay PTC technology utilized on…
Maryland pledges (limited) Purple Line funds
The long-running political struggle over Maryland's Purple Line light rail transit proposal became more complex as state officials pledged $280 million to the project, but said private funding would likely…
New Haven Line set to reopen
Expediting repairs on 2,000 feet of right-of-way, including track restoration, reinstalled signals, and catenary replacement, Metro-North said it expects to restore full service on its New Haven Line on Wednesday,…
Passenger Capital Investment: New Jersey
For New Jersey Transit, keeping current with rail capital needs, following a hurricane, got a whole lot harder. But the corporation has a game plan to both press ahead and…
Judicial ruling stalls LA Metrolink extension
A judge has rejected the environmental impact report (EIR) for a proposed Metrolink line from Riverside to Perris, ruling that the Riverside County (Calif.) Transportation Commission failed to address such…
Metro-North derailment injures 60, shuts down NEC north end
Updated Monday, May 20, 2013 At the height of the Friday, May 17 evening rush hour, an outbound MTA Metro-North Railroad M8 electric multiple-unit train carrying 300 passengers derailed, sideswiping…
MARC to add weekend Penn Line service
Maryland MARC train weekend service on the agency's Penn Line (Northeast Corridor) could begin this summer, funded by a new transportation law boosting revenue from the state's gas tax, state…
NCTD: SPRINTER to resume May 18
The North County Transit District (NCTD) announced Thursday, May 16, its SPRINTER diesel light rail transit (DLRT) service would resume operations at 4:33 a.m. Pacific Time Saturday, May 18, restoring…
Long Island town irked by rail expansion plan
Additional Long Island Rail Road service on the Port Washington branch, including access to Grand Central Terminal in 2019, would include the branch's namesake terminus in North Hempstead, N.Y., but…
AMT, CN in talks on Deux-Montagnes line
CN is holding discussions with Montreal's Agence metropolitaine de transport (AMT) on the possible sale of CN's Deux-Montagnes line, including the Mount Royal tunnel, used by AMT regional trains.
Knorr-Bremse opens Maryland plant
Knorr-Bremse has opened its new Rail Vehicle Systems plant in Westminster, Md., in order to cope with "ongoing growth of the U.S. mass transit market and of three current major…
Kawasaki Rail Car marks 25 years at Yonkers, N.Y., plant
Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc. on May 9 joined with New York State officials, elected representatives, and transportation professionals to celebrate 25 years of manufacturing railcars at its Yonkers, N.Y., plant.…
Sandy disaster relief funds released to Amtrak
The Federal Railroad Administration has released $30.2 million in appropriations to Amtrak to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the Northeast Corridor line.
OLI sets action for Crossing Awareness Day
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. programs and partners across the U.S. will celebrate International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) on Tuesday, May 7, with a variety of events to illustrate the importance…
Caltrain Board reviews budget, ridership growth
Caltrain said Thursday its staff offered a preliminary report to the Joint Powers Board indicating the rail service's Fiscal Year 2014 budget will be balanced, but warning that FY15 could…
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