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Is there a plot against passenger trains?
Following Amtrak’s tragic wreck of Northeast Regional train 188, the news media, as expected, sprung into action, filling the airwaves and cyberspace and newspapers with speculation, analysis, sensationalism—and even some…
Mexico compensates China for canceled HSR project
Mexico’s Federal Secretariat of Communications and Transport (SCT) has agreed to pay $1.3 million in damages to China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) for costs incurred in bidding for the cancelled…
PB names Papazoglou senior supervising engineer
Parsons Brinckerhoff has named Christopher Papazoglou a senior supervising engineer in its New York City office, with technical and managerial responsibilities on rail design projects in the New York region.…
Carolina Worrell joins Railway Age as Managing Editor
Carolina Worrell has joined Railway Age as Managing Editor, based at Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp.’s headquarters in New York City.
Atkins expands in North America
U.K.-based Atkins, a global design, engineering and project management firm, is expanding its rail transportation presence in North America with new executive hires and a new design center in Pittsburgh,…
All Aboard Florida selects GE for signaling, PTC
All Aboard Florida (AAF) has selected GE Transportation Gobal Signaling Solutions to design and manufacture signaling, grade crossing and related Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment for its 235-mile higher-speed passenger…
Easy on, easy off
Flexible, cost-effective, and safe, Amtrak’s innovative Mobile Passenger Scaffolding benefits passengers and work crews alike.
Examining the DOT v. AAR Supreme Court decision regarding Amtrak
On March 9, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Department of Transportation v. Association of American Railroads, No. 13-1080, 575 U.S. ___ (2015) (DOT v. AAR),…
Amtrak's Oregon service under threat
Amtrak's Cascades service between Portland and Eugene will end if Oregon's state legislature enacts the budget adopted by its Joint Ways and Means Committee the week of March 30, 2015…
Mechanical Rubber Products buys Prestige Rubber
Warwick, N.Y.-based Mechanical Rubber Products Co. announced Monday, March 9, 2015 it has acquired Prestige Rubber Manufacturing Co., based in Fairfield, N.J.
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…
Hedlund joins Parsons Brinckerhoff
Former Federal Railroad Administration Deputy Administrator Karen J. Hedlund has joined Parsons Brinckerhoff as Director of Public-Private Partnerships (P3s). In her new position, she will work with federal, state, and…
HNTB names Townes transit market sector leader
Transit industry veteran Michael Townes has joined HNTB Corp. as senior vice president and national transit market sector leader. He is based in the firm’s Arlington, Va., office and works…
Passenger trains: Between Barack and a hard place
Only a damned fool would beg Congress for passenger rail funding, trapping in amber the status quo. With tax-and-spend hostile Republicans in control of the House and Senate until at…
California HSR project breaks ground
California's long-anticipated and controversial plan to build a high speed rail system linking San Francisco with Los Angeles got under way on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 with a groundbreaking ceremony…
CHSRA readies HSR groundbreaking
Fresno, Calif., will host groundbreaking ceremonies Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, marking the start of construction for California's ambitious intrastate high speed rail system.
STB grants CHSRA preemption request
The Surface Transportation Board issued a declaratory order per request by the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) to limit injunctions against California's intrastate high speed rail project through use of…
FRA green-lights CBOSS PTC
The Federal Railroad Administration has given Caltrain the green light to proceed with the installation and testing of its CBOSS (Caltrain Communications Based Overlay Signal System) Positive Train Control (PTC)…
Amtrak’s Coscia to Congress: Rail requires a trust fund
In order to fund long-term capital investments in intercity rail service, Congress “should focus on . . . providing predictable, dedicated funding to develop and implement capital investments for the…
Advocates release Ontario HSR study
A "previously unreleased" high speed rail pre-feasibility study was highlighted on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 by High Speed Rail Canada, an advocacy group, which urged the Ontario provincial government to…
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