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Amtrak restores Chicago-Michigan speeds
Amtrak said Friday schedules for its Wolverine Service and Blue Water passengers had been restored to normal, following extensive and expeditious trackwork along much of the route by landlord Norfolk…
STB OKs Michigan DOT rail line buy
The Surface Transportation Board Tuesday officially cleared the way for Michigan's Department of Transportation to acquire two sections of rail right-of-way from Norfolk Southern Corp., totaling about 135 miles, for…
A “major milestone” for California HSR
The California High Speed Rail Authority has approved environmental impact studies for an initial segment of high speed rail from Merced to Fresno.
Talgo ponders suing Wisconsin
Seattle-based Talgo, Inc. is considering legal action against the state of Wisconsin following the latter's long-expected cancelation of a $166 million maintenance contract.
Amid trans-Hudson fuss, Amtrak touts ridership
Amtrak Wednesday said it was on pace to "set another new annual ridership record, as passenger counts across its national network for the first six months of fiscal year 2012…
Harsco lists orders, including from South Korea
Camp Hill, Pa.-based Harsco Corp. late Wednesday announced it had secured international orders for its railway track maintenance rail grinders totaling more than $20 million, including the company's first rail…
Bombardier train wins Red Dot Design Award
Bombardier Transportation said Wednesday its Regina X55 intercity train, which entered service with Sweden's SJ in February, has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Design Award by Germany's renowned Design…
Anthony Perl joins Railway Age bloggers
Noted transportation academician Anthony Perl added his considerable expertise in rail transportation to the pool of Railway Age bloggers this week.
International aid for North American HSR
North America's marathon journey to renewing its passenger trains could gain a measure of inspiration this summer, when the world's expertise in deploying and operating high speed rail will be…
Caltrain cites deal with CHSRA
Caltrain said Thursday a regional agreement between the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) and more than a half-dozen Bay Area public agencies, including Caltrain, " will fully fund the electrification…
CHSRA head: HSR estimates overstated
Though pledging to improve current plans for the Golden State's 700-mile high speed rail network, California High-Speed Rail Authority Chairman Dan Richard says the system should cost less than the…
More HSR infrastructure woes in China
Part of a high speed rail line ongoing operations testing collapsed in central China following heavy rains, state media reported Monday, renewing global concerns about the safety and efficiency of…
U.S. riders aid Eurostar 2011 ridership, revenue
U.S. travelers may be hard-pressed to incorporate high speed rail into their domestic travels, but apparently have few problems adding Eurostar as a component for their itineraries abroad. Eurostar said…
LaHood tours Siemens plant, reiterates HSR support
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood toured the Siemens Mobility plan in South Sacrmento, Calif., on Wednesday, extolling it as an example of how U.S. workers can provide quality manufactured goods.
Amtrak cleared for HrSR speeds in Midwest
Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation have received federal approval to increase maximum speeds of Amtrak trains in western Michigan and northern Indiana to 110 mph, following successful installation…
Calif. governor: Cap-and-trade to fund HSR
California Gov. Jerry Brown said Sunday the state’s 700-mile high speed rail project will cost far less than the state's current estimate of nearly $100 billion, and also said that…
Bombardier partnership eyes “green train"
New generation trains running on existing track can easily combine higher speeds, lower energy consumption, reduced noise, and lower costs, according to findings by Swedish researchers released Wednesday in Stockholm.…
How private enterprise can strengthen Amtrak
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) has made no secret of his disdain for Amtrak, often referring to it as our “Soviet style rail system.”
The public interest in continued rail service
In Abraham Lincoln’s day, the Illinois Central line linking Chicago with Springfield, Ill., and St. Louis was preferred for passenger service because, of the five major lines that connected the…
2012 PASSENGER RAIL OUTLOOK: In troubled times, still growing
In long-range perspective, the story of North American passenger rail is one of extraordinary growth. The story isn’t over.
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