High Performance

Railway Age’s 51st Railroader of the Year, Amtrak President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph H. Boardman, is the first Amtrak chief executive since the legendary W. Graham Claytor Jr. in…
Virginia and North Carolina officials pursuing high speed rail development were scheduled to meet in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, to advance HSR between the nation's capital and Charlotte,…
A "support statement" filed with the Surface Transportation Board by Fresno Works, dated Dec. 20, 2013, urges STB to "expeditiously grant the petition for exemption" for construction of high speed…
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has issued a Notice of Intent to Award to Siemens Rail Systems USA for approximately 35 high-performance diesel-electric locomotives for several Midwestern and West…
Free AmtrakConnect® cellular-based 4G Wi-Fi service will be available to Amtrak passengers by early February 2014 year on Chicago Hub Services trains in the Midwest, on eight corridors that, collectively,…
December 9, 2013: Joseph H. Boardman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amtrak, has been named 2014 Railroader of the Year by railroad industry trade journal Railway Age.
In competitive markets, vision and strategy are tested daily as consumers vote with their wallets, investors choose among opportunities, and competitors react—all creating greater efficiency.
Opponents of California's high speed rail project celebrated Thanksgiving early – and, some argued, prematurely – following a court ruling barring the issuance of more than $8 billion in state…
Railway Age Contributing Editor Frank N. Wilner will appear on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal television show Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 8:25 a.m. to 9:15 (EST), discussing his book, Amtrak: Past, Present…
Amtrak’s Sisyphean travails could sober a smashed sot.
Wisconsin’s arch-conservative, Tea-Party-favorite governor, Scott Walker, may have gotten more than he bargained for (or didn’t bargain for) when he killed his state’s department of transportation plan to acquire new…
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has taken delivery on the second of two new Talgo Series 8 13-car trainsets the State of Oregon purchased with federal stimulus funds administered…
Global belief in U.S. "exceptionalism" is being sorely tested these days on many fronts, whether we Americans acknowledge that or not. But most of the world still appears to accept…
Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman’s keynote address at Railway Age’s 20th Annual Passenger Trains on Freight Railroads Conference, October 15, 2013.
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…
What a fascinating October this has been for Amtrak.
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…
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 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 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…
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