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Why passenger rail—and Amtrak—are vital to America
When the private freight railroads desperately wanted out of the passenger rail business, Congress saw the need for a single national passenger rail service provider with a mission to improve…
100 years of growth
As New York Penn Station marks a century of service, planners are gearing up for the next 100 years. A century ago, the Pennsylvania Railroad was in the midst of one…
China claims high-speed signaling sale
Amid international speculation that its $300 billion high-speed rail program has been seriously damaged by faulty technology and a crash that killed 40 people (pictured), an announcement from Beijing on…
China claims high speed signaling sale
Amid international speculation that its $300 billion high speed rail program has been seriously damaged by faulty technology and a crash that killed 40 people (pictured), an announcement from Beijing…
New York looks to airport connections
NYC official: Newark Airport rail access is good for New York and the region! It's unlikely that New York City Transit will ever operate subway trains to or from Newark…
Safety : Merging survival and avoidance approaches
Most global passenger rail suppliers accept a basic schism in their marketplace: Europe and most of Asia seek passenger designs based on crash avoidance. U.S. counterparts had to meet crash…
The road to irrelevance is paved with good intentions
A Railway Age editorial I posted on line last in June 2011 about the most recent legislative attempt to break up Amtrak and privatize the pieces drew a 99% favorable…
Alstom Board OKs major reorganization
Alstom said Wednesday its Board of Directors has approved “a major reorganization of the company” proposed by Chairman and CEO Patrick Kron (pictured below), to take effect July 4, 2011.
HNTB adds rail personnel for Northeast
Calculating the potential business generated by recent federal high speed rail dollars apportioned to Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor and other Northeast rail locations, HNTB Friday announced it has added four rail…
Who will build this train?
The stakes are big in the race to build a new generation of American high speed trains. "If we can get one high speed system up and running, others will follow."
Amtrak to start Massachusetts ROW work
Amtrak in June will begin a summer-long project to replace rail ties on the Northeast Corridor in Massachusetts, impacting Amtrak service and Massachusetts Bay Transporation Authority (MBTA) consists. Tie replacement…
Fla. HSR funds redistributed; NEC wins share
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on May 9 announced the Obama Administration’s redistribution of roughly $2.02 billion in high speed rail funds, derived from funds originally targeted for Florida’s $2.4 billion…
California HSR route option reconsidered
The California High-Speed Rail Authority Thursday agreed to reconsider an HSR route between Los Angeles and San Francisco roughly paralleling Interstate 5, closer to the Pacific coast than the Central…
California seeks funds spurned by Florida
The California High-Speed Rail Authority voted unanimously Wednesday to apply for the $2.38 billion in high speed rail funding that Florida Gov. Rick Scott rejected. The money would permit the…
Amtrak eyes new cross-Hudson rail tunnel plan
New Jersey’s two U.S. Senators joined Amtrak President Joseph Boardman Monday in Newark, N.J. to advance a plan, this time led by Amtrak and dubbed the “Gateway Tunnel,” to increase…
A natural fit?
No longer content with the “static quo,” Amtrak seeks to establish European-style HSR in the U.S. Northeast—and operate other planned U.S. HSR systems.
LaHood: HSR funds are for rail—not roads
DOT Secretary Ray LaHood had a blunt message Tuesday for states that want to spend their high speed rail grants on highways or rail freight projects: Use the grants for…
Seeking true high speed rail for the Northeast
Amtrak Sept. 28 unveiled an ambitious vision for “Next-Generation High-Speed Rail service” in the Northeast, superseding and complementing its existing Northeast Corridor, and designed to dramatically reduce travel times between…
HSR: Should suppliers be upbeat?
Step back from the current political frenzy, say suppliers, and one can see the U.S. passenger rail market as emerging, with great potential.
100 years of growth
As New York Penn Station marks a century of service, planners are gearing up for the next 100 years.
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