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Amtrak steps up NEC higher-speed initiatives
In service since late 2000, Amtrak’s Acela Express high speed trainsets have operated at a maximum speed of 135 mph on the New York-Washington segment of the Northeast Corridor, and…
Congress hears of Amtrak's "high return"
Taxpayers are getting their money's worth from their modest investment in Amtrak, especially when passenger rail spending is compared with highway outlays, Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman told a House Transportation and…
Bombardier to supply Saudi HSR components
Bombardier Transportation Tuesday said it has signed contracts with Madrid-based Patentes Talgo SA to develop and supply components for 36 very high speed trains for Saudi Arabia.
FRA funds third track for northern Virginia
The Federal Railroad Administration Monday announced its intent to release $74.8 million for 11 miles of a third track for use by Virginia Rail Express (VRE), CSX, and Amtrak in northern…
Bombardier Chinese order is adjusted
Bombardier Transportation said Wednesday its Chinese joint venture, Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd., has accepted a variation order by the Chinese Ministry of Railways (MOR).
Illinois bill sets rail construction authority
The Midwest High Speed Rail Association (MHSRA) says Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn recently signed state House Bill HB4078, strongly backed by the association, “which allows the Illinois Toll Highway Authority…
U.S. HSR accelerates
The global high speed rail community, meeting in Philadelphia in July 2012, celebrated improving U.S. HSR prospects, ready to welcome the nation into the “true HSR” ranks. But more work…
Massachusetts eyes Pan Am Railways ROW
Massachusetts reportedly is preparing to acquire Pan Am Railways right-of-way between Springfield, Mass., and the Vermont border, in order to facilitate passenger rail development on the "Knowledge Corridor." The price…
Brunel Awards traveling exhibit wrapping up eastern tour
The Center for Industrial Design in Transportation, Inc. is closing out its 2011 Brunel Awards International Railway Design Competition activities by supporting the traveling Brunel Awards Exhibit.
Bombardier, in Italy, unveils new HSR design
Bombardier Transportation Monday said Italian rail operator Trenitalia has unveiled a full scale mock-up of the of the Frecciarossa 1000 high speed train currently being built by Bombardier and consortium…
Reininger named All Aboard Florida Exec VP
Florida East Coast Industries late Friday said Michael Reininger had been named executive vice president of All aboard Florida, the proposed intercity passenger service planned to span the Sunshine State.
NEC: Beacon for better beyond the Northeast
It's official: Amtrak's Northeast Corridor rules. The New York Times says so.
FRA sets scoping meetings for NEC FUTURE
The Department of Transportation Friday released its schedule for public scoping meetings, to be overseen by the Federal Railroad Administration, that form part of the environmental review process for NEC…
Caltrain gets fed funds for modernization
Caltrain said Monday it will receive $3.2 million in federal Department of Transportation grant funds to install an advanced signal system needed to support modernized Caltrain service and the eventual…
PB lands HrSR construction services contract
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded an on-call contract to Parsons Brinckerhoff (a Balfour Beatty company) for construction services in support of the agency’s efforts to implement accelerated…
Will real HSR transform the Northeast after 2030?
The Highspeed 2012 Congress, co-hosted by the American Public Transportation Association and the International Railway Union in Philadelphia from July 10 to 13, offered a smorgasbord of knowledge about high…
InnoTrans: Discount registration available
The North American representative office of InnoTrans said Wednesday that discount registration is being offered to all prospective North American attendees of the show.
LaHood: True believer in HSR
Any attendees at the UIC 8th World Congress on High-Speed Rail in Philadelphia last week still skeptical of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's belief in HSR likely had those doubts removed.
Amtrak touts NEC needs as HSR gathering looms
Timing its latest revision of plans for the Northeast Corridor (NEC) to coincide with an international high speed rail conference this week in Philadelphia, Amtrak Monday released an updated vision…
Coffee mug HSR optimism (finally?) prevails
Coffee mugs are collectibles, for me in part because I can employ them early and often. Rail-related coffee mugs are well represented in my cabinet, including fallen flags, short lines,…
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