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For Amtrak, another record-ridership year
Congressional ultra-conservatives, including so-called “Tea Party” activists, may be trying to de-fund or perhaps even dismantle Amtrak, but the railroad’s soaring ridership numbers strongly suggest that the American people want…
Amtrak update: Fire burn, cauldron bubble
What a fascinating October this has been for Amtrak.
Illinois study: Midwest HSR system feasible
A study funded by the state of Illinois says true high speed rail operations in the Midwest, while costly to implement, is feasible and might even cover operating costs once…
FEC, Orlando Airport reach HrSR accord
Florida East Coast Industries and Orlando International Airport have reached agreement on higher-speed rail access to and from the airport, a key station in the planned All Aboard Florida higher-…
Eurostar eyes London-Amsterdam HSR
Eurostar on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced it had signed an agreement with Netherlands Railways (NS) "to launch direct services between London and Amsterdam from December 2016."
Netherlands to AnsaldoBreda: Get your gear
Netherlands Railways has told AnsaldoBreda the Italian railcar manufacturer can pick up its 16 V250 Fyra high speed rail trains whenever it wants. NS has rejected the equipment due to…
California HSR construction delayed again
California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) officials are acknowledging that initial construction of the Golden State's planned high speed rail system, to begin in the Central Valley, will not begin this…
Imagine a multimodal Northeast Corridor
Creative vision in Washington, D.C., is not quite an oxymoron, but seemingly only extraordinary external events cause it to materialize.
Amtrak ACS-64 begins NEC testing
One of three Amtrak ACS-64 (Amtrak Cities Sprinter) electric locomotives from Siemens Mobility, no. 602, has begun testing on the Boston-New York-Washington Northeast Corridor and Philadelphia-Harrisburg Keystone Corridor in preparation…
Railroads beware: Technology is gaining on you
Economists call it "creative destruction," the emergence of newer, faster, cheaper and better ideas, products and processes that replace and destroy the less efficient.
Parsons hails CHSRA contract milestone
Pasadena, Calif.-based Parsons Corp. expressed enthusiasm Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, over the contract executed by the California High-Speed Rail Authority with the Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons joint venture for the first segment…
Carper reappointed to Amtrak board
Tom Carper, who served as an Amtrak board member from March 2008 to March 2013 and was elected Chairman in January 2009, serving in that capacity until his term expired,…
Amtrak sets another ridership record
Amtrak set an all-time record for the most passengers in one month—2.9 million—for the month of July 2013, a 4.8% year-over-year increase.
FRA issues RFP for PRIIA 305 HrSR locomotives
The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for 35 high-performance diesel-electric locomotives built to standardized technical specifications developed by the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act…
New focus on catering and comfort services at InnoTrans 2014
At InnoTrans 2014, Sept. 23-26, 2014, in Berlin, Germany, catering service providers and manufacturers of catering systems and comfort products will be exhibiting products and services that are tailored to…
Amtrak ACS-64 testing under way
Amtrak’s new ACS-64 (Cities Sprinter) electric locomotives from Siemens Mobility are now in a comprehensive and rigorous testing program in preparation for entering service on the Washington-Philadelphia-New York-Boston Northeast Corridor…
Oregon marks debut of state-owned Talgo gear
The first Oregon-owned Talgo passenger train to enter intercity passenger service made its official debut in Eugene, Ore., last week at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by numerous Oregon state and…
Death toll at 80 in Spanish derailment
A Renfe class 730 train derailed on July 24, 2013, on the approach to Santiago de Compostela leaving more than 70 dead and dozens injured. The train left the tracks…
WSDOT’s Hammond moves to the private sector
Paula Hammond, former Secretary of Transportation for the State of Washington, has been named Senior Vice President and National Transportation Market Leader at Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Amtrak’s Sisyphean struggle to run on time
Benito Mussolini infamously made Italian passenger trains run on time, but Fascism is hardly the answer for Amtrak.
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