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Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman named Railroader of the Year
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.
A 220-mph NEC? A contrarian weighs in
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.
Court bars CHSRA bond issuance
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’s Wilner to appear on C-SPAN
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…
Without a permanent trust fund, Amtrak could go to the dogs
Amtrak’s Sisyphean travails could sober a smashed sot.
Talgo USA to Scott Walker: Pay up!
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…
A tale of two (or more) Talgos
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…
Google TV ad: Rail is choice #2 (that’s OK!)
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’s Boardman: “In the final estimate, we are one industry”
Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman’s keynote address at Railway Age’s 20th Annual Passenger Trains on Freight Railroads Conference, October 15, 2013.
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…
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