High Performance

A triad of U.S. HSR interests makes its move, upsetting some preconceived conventional wisdom involving the nation’s passenger rail outlook.
A report released Friday by the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) says U.S. high speed rail (HSR), higher-speed rail (HrSR), and intercity rail projects are spurring the U.S. rail…
Southern California's Metrolink will receive funds from the Carl Moyer Program to procure up to 20 new low-emission Tier 4 locomotives. The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Governing…
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, says he will leave the Obama administration in February, ending months of speculation over the possibility of continuing in his role during the administration’s second term.
One clause in a single sentence in President Obama's second inaugural speech has potential for meaningful consequences: "Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed…
Two U.S. high speed rail players, Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), will combine efforts to advance a joint order of up to 62 high speed rail trainsets,…
Amtrak begins the new year by formally planning to request revisions to Federal Railroad Administration safety standards to facilitate lighter-weight high speed rail equipment, a move U.S. rail advocates have…
China Wednesday morning began high speed rail service connecting Beijing, the capital, with Guangzhou, in the nation's southeast, according to The New York Times.
In time for the holiday season, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Norfolk Southern Railway Co. (NS) have finalized a $140 million agreement for MDOT…
In testimony Dec. 13 before the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman said the company “is advancing plans to acquire new next-generation high-speed trainsets and…
Delayed by one month at least in part due to Hurricane Sandy, Amtrak and the state of New York announced Tuesday Amtrak assumed control from CSX Corp. of the Empire…
Amtrak on Monday named Bruce Pohlot as the new chief engineer, and named Tom Quigley general manager, State-Supported Services. Both will report directly to DJ Stadtler, vice president of operations effective Dec. 10,…
In what is almost assuredly just one of a continuing wave of legal moves to terminate, block or otherwise alter California's plan to implement high speed rail, a judge has…
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and federal officials on Monday announced that Sumitomo Corp. of America has been awarded a $352 million contract from California's Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for 130…
Attorneys for Seattle-based Talgo, Inc. on Monday announced they had filed a lawsuit on behalf of the rail equipment manufacturer against the state of Wisconsin, based on the state's decision…
Delaware state and federal representatives, the Delaware Department of Transportation, and Amtrak on Thursday marked the ceremonial start of adding a 1.5-mile third track on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor just south…
Another year, another ridership record: Amtrak Wednesday released its fiscal year 2012 ridership results (ending Sept. 30), 31.2 million passengers, up 3.5% from FY11 and the ninth ridership record in…
New York-based STV, Inc. announced Tuesday it has acquired ARCHITECTURE/vbn (VBN), an award-winning architectural design firm based in Oakland, Calif. VBN will be integrated into STV's West Coast operations.
Caltrain said Wednesday ridership in August rose 7.8% compared with the same month a year ago, up to 1.35 million riders from 1.25 million in August 2012, or roughly 3,000…
Listening to naysayers, and watching the efforts in Congress to defund Amtrak, you'd never realize that, as a regional and intercity mass transportation system, Amtrak is actually a top performer…
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