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Environmental review sprouts for northern section of CAHSR project
Both the California High-Speed Rail Authority and its federal partner, the Federal Railroad Administration, initiated the environmental review process for the project's northern section: the 51-mile line between San Francisco…
VIA Rail: First ridership, revenue growth in seven years
VIA Rail released its annual report on May 6, 2016, and for the first time in seven years, posted both ridership and revenue gains.
For Caltrain, another ridership record
Caltrain’s annual ridership count shows that agency has reached a record for the sixth consecutive year.
Caltrain Modernization funding increased; CHSRA adds $113 million
On May 5, 2016, the Caltrain Board of Directors adopted an agreement that invests an additional $211 million in the Caltrain Modernization Program. The seven-party agreement increases funding commitments from…
VIA Rail praised, government panned by financial watchdog
Canada’s chief financial watchdog praised VIA Rail’s internal management April 3 but slammed successive national governments for failing to support the state-owned passenger railway with strategic planning and capital investment.
National Dream redux
From the April 2016 issue of Railway Age: From the era of fur-trading voyageurs, the St. Lawrence River Valley between the Great Lakes and Montreal has been Canada’s economic aorta.…
APTA: Melaniphy quits; White named interim head
Michael P. Melaniphy has resigned as President and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association, effective April 29. APTA Vice President-Member Services Richard A. White is Acting President and CEO…
InnoTrans 2016: North American attendee discount, strong Canadian presence
InnoTrans, the semi-annual global railway industry trade exhibition and the largest event of its type, is offering discounted tickets to North American attendees. As well, this year’s event will have…
Wabtec reports first quarter EPS of $1.02
Wabtec Corporation on April 26, 2016 reported results for first-quarter 2016, with higher sales in the company’s Transit Group more than offset by lower sales in the Freight Group, leading…
Guest Blog: Doomed from the start
The federal-state partnership to build 130 modern bi-level passenger rail coaches for higher-speed rail (HrSR) corridors in the states of California, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri under the 2008 PRIIA legislation…
New York MTA to APTA: We’re leaving
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, North America’s single-largest public transportation agency, has pulled the plug on Transit Member status in APTA, the American Public Transportation Association.
Two m/w workers killed in wreck of Amtrak Palmetto
UPDATED APRIL 6, 2016, 2:30 p.m.: Amtrak Train 89, the New York City-Savannah, Ga., Palmetto, partially derailed at Chester, Pa., approximately 15 miles southwest of Philadelphia, on the Northeast Corridor…
Luther S. Miller, Nov. 30, 1926 – March 8, 2016
Luther Sigsbee Miller, long-time Editor-in-Chief of Railway Age, died March 8, 2016. He was 89.
First Charger rolls off the line
The first high-performance Charger diesel-electric passenger locomotive has rolled off the line at the Siemens manufacturing plant in Sacramento, Calif., and will soon begin testing and qualifying.
AAR to STB: Your OTP metric is deficient
The Association of American Railroads, on behalf of its freight railroad members, has submitted comments to the Surface Transportation Board regarding STB’s proceeding, On-Time Performance under Section 213 of the…
Let’s keep spinning our wheels
The other day I found a buried snippet of information on the Federal Railroad Administration website pertaining to high speed rail. Dated March 11, 2016, it’s a “Notice of Request…
TRB accepting proposals for Rail Safety IDEA Program
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is accepting proposals for the Rail Safety IDEA Program, which supports the development and testing of innovative concepts and methods for improving railroad safety or…
WSDOT celebrates new locomotives milestone
The first engine has been installed in a new Siemens Charger locomotive, moving the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) one step closer to obtaining the state-of-the-art machines, the agency…
New legislation aims to advance Nev.-Calif. high-speed rail project
U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as well as Congressman Joe Heck (R-Nev.) on March 3, 2016 introduced legislation to advance high-speed passenger rail service between Las…
Say hello to TEDS
The Federal Railroad Administration Office of Research and Development has funded the development of an analytical model for simulating train operations known as the Train Energy and Dynamics Simulator (TEDS).…
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