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Booker/Wicker bill thickens passenger rail funding mix
U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced the “Railroad Reform, Enhancement, and Efficiency Act” on June 19, 2015. The senators say the bill is written to “improve…
Wabtec acquires Metalocaucho
Wabtec Corp. has acquired Metalocaucho, a European-based manufacturer of transit products, primarily rubber components for passenger car suspension and vibration control systems.
2015 PASSENGER RAIL GUIDE
Railway Age’s roundup of significant North American projects in all modes of passenger rail—regional/commuter, rapid transit, light rail, intercity and high/higher-speed.
Amtrak’s AEM7 now a museum piece
The newest addition to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s extensive collection of historic U.S. locomotives and railcars is recently retired Amtrak AEM7 electric locomotive No. 915, which logged nearly 35…
Szabo takes the throttle at CMAP
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) has appointed former Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo as its next executive director, effective June 15, 2015.
Jerome Marullo joins Simmons-Boardman Railway Division
Jerome Marullo has joined the Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp. Railway Division as Eastern Regional Advertising Sales Manager, with responsibility for Railway Age, Railway Track & Structures and International Railway Journal. He…
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…
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