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Movable bridge best-practices
Even with the use of advanced technology, movable bridge machinery on an electrified railway remains a complex combination of structural, mechanical, and electrical systems.
Bombardier bypasses next Amtrak HSR order
Bombardier Inc., a tenacious fighter in landing the first Amtrak Acela Express contract at the turn of the century, announced it will not compete for Amtrak's next-generation order of high…
FRA mulls HSR "Buy America" waiver
The Federal Railroad Administration said Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 it intends to grant both Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority waivers from its "Buy America" requirement for the non-domestic…
Learner joins Amtrak Chicago panel
Howard Learner, an attorney who serves as president of the Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center, has joined Amtrak’s Chicago Gateway Initiative, a blue ribbon panel of rail and transportation…
Hitachi Rail Europe taps Huber+Suhner
Huber+Suhner says it has been awarded a contract by Hitachi Rail Europe to supply a range of its RADOX® cables and SENCITY® Rail antennas for use in the train control…
Amtrak touts FY14 fiscal numbers
Amtrak released it fiscal year 2014 revenue numbers Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, citing continued financial performance that drew grudging coverage even from media adversaries of the national passenger railroad.
Amtrak files complaint with STB over Capitol Limited performance
Amtrak has filed a complaint with the U.S. Surface Transportation Board against Norfolk Southern and CSX over substandard on-time performance of the Washington D.C.-Chicago Capitol Limited, which operates over right-of-way…
First RTD EMUs on their way to Denver
The first electric multiple-unit coaches ordered by the Denver Regional Transportation District, for its electric regional commuter rail system, have departed the Hyundai-Rotem plant in South Philadelphia for Denver.
Hoosier State fate still unresolved
The Indiana Department of Transportation said it has ended contract negotiations with Chicago-based Corridor Capital LLC to provide passenger rail cars, marketing,and other services for Hoosier State service between Indianapolis and Chicago.
Caltrain electrification costs, timeframe increase
The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board on Nov. 11, 2014 received updated information about a higher projected cost and extended timeframe for the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP), which includes…
Post-election: Railroads look OK; rail labor, Amtrak not so good
What does Senate Republican control and the largest House Republican majority since the 1940s mean for railroad reregulation, Amtrak’s future, high- and higher-speed rail, transit funding, Positive Train Control (PTC),…
Jim Squires: “Look to—if not over—the horizon”
Keynote remarks by Norfolk Southern President James A. Squires, at Railway Age’s 21st Passenger Trains on Freight Railroads Conference.
California HSR phase 2 draws three bidders
Three consortia submitted sealed bids late Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, to the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), expressing interest in overseeing construction of the second leg of the state's proposed…
Amtrak panel to address Chicago gridlock
Amtrak has established the Chicago Gateway Initiative, described as “a blue ribbon panel of rail and transportation leaders that will identify infrastructure and operational improvements to address the rail traffic…
Al Engel: “A learned passion—each train wreck has a story and a lesson”
Remarks by 2014 W. Graham Claytor Jr. Award for Distinguished Service to Passenger Transportation recipient Al Engel at Railway Age’s 21st Passenger Trains on Freight Railroad Conference, Oct. 29, 2014.
Unknotting rail congestion compels investment
Unraveling the knot restricting rail network fluidity cannot be achieved through Surface Transportation Board (STB) intimidation of rail CEOs, or by the agency's issuance of an emergency service order instructing…
Amtrak sets FY 2014 revenue record
Amtrak on Oct. 27, 2014 said it posted record ticket revenues for the Fiscal Year 2014 ending Sept. 30, and achieved slight increase in ridership over the prior fiscal year,…
Connecticut governor rebrands "Hartford Line"
Unveiling a new logo for regional rail service 12 days before Election Day, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state Department of Transportation announced capital adjustments to the newly…
FEIS, ROD issued for CREATE 75th St. CIP
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued a combined Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) for the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program 75th…
Siemens equipping Amtrak NJHSRIP project
Amtrak has contracted with Siemens to build a new Sitras SFC Plus static frequency converter for upgrading its Metuchen traction power facility in northern New Jersey, along the Northeast Corridor.…
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