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AmtrakConnect® Wi-Fi coming to Chicago Hub Service trains
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,…
Porcari joins PB in executive role
John D. Porcari, former Deputy Secretary, United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), has been named Senior Vice President and National Director of Strategic Consulting at Parsons Brinckerhoff. He will be…
NARP: New Amtrak Midwest routes advance
The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) says progress is being made on establishing two new Amtrak routes from the railroad's Chicago hub, one serving the Quad Cities and a…
Spuyten Duyvil: Why? A safety expert weighs in
Pearl Harbor. Dallas. 9-11. Lac Mégantic. Now we have “Spuyten Duyvil” to add to the collection of names that, before they became linked to tragedy and loss of life, were…
Siemens, Cummins team for Tier 4 passenger locomotives
Siemens Rail Systems and Cummins jointly announced a partnership on Dec. 3, 2013 that they said "will bring one of the most modern and efficient passenger rail, diesel-electric locomotives in…
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.
New Missouri bridge to relieve rail bottleneck
A ceremony is set for Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 to officially open a new rail bridge spanning the Osage River in Missouri, which officials say "eliminates the last major bottleneck…
Amtrak Heartland Flyer marks 1 million riders
Amtrak on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, identified a university student from Oklahoma City "as representative of the 1 million passengers" since its Heartland Flyer began service in 1999.
Starbucks outlet boards Swiss Federal Railways
Need coffee during your rail trip? Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) passengers soon will simply saunter to the Starbucks double-decker café car.
SYSTRA names Kerr Adler EVP Marketing and Business Development
SYSTRA USA has named Susannah Kerr Adler, AIA, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Business Development.
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…
APTA, UNIFE sign MOU
The European Rail Industry Association (UNIFE) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) “to reinforce ties between the European and American rail sectors.”
"We are one industry"
Railway Age’s 20th annual conference on shared-use addressed the capacity needs of a growing industry.
Gerald Sokol named Amtrak CFO
Amtrak has named Gerald Sokol, Jr., as Chief Financial Officer. He will be responsible for corporate finance, business forecasting, and development of growth strategies to help secure Amtrak’s long-term viability.…
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 Great Dome car will return to the rails
Passengers riding Amtrak Illinois Zephyr trains between Chicago and Quincy will have a unique opportunity this fall to view the change of seasons when the historic “Great Dome” railcar is…
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