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Transbay transit hub plan imperiled
Aggressive plans for San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center, which include accommodations for improved Caltrain service and a terminus for California high speed rail, are in jeopardy as developers and city…
FRA releases All Aboard Florida DEIS for public comment
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has published the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Orlando to West Palm Beach section (Phase II) of All Aboard Florida LLC’s (AAF) passenger…
Cummins says it’s on top of Tier 4
With U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 emissions regulations taking effect Jan. 1, 2015, Cummins Inc. says it’s well-prepared, with more than 100 engine installations on order for passenger…
Siemens lands All Aboard Florida order
Siemens on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 said it has been selected "to build the locomotives and passenger coaches for the All Aboard Florida passenger rail project that will connect South…
Rockefeller’s last stand; RSIA Déjà vu, Volume Two; PRIIA Redux
Congress is about to adjourn for its single-most-important function these days as mid-term elections loom: getting re-elected. That means it’s time to get down to some serious last-minute, constituent-coddling activities,…
Metra: Customer-focused in Chicagoland
The fourth-largest U.S. regional railroad network, entering its fourth decade of existence, sees growth and opportunity—if dedicated funding can be found.
VIA Rail reports improved 2Q14 financials
VIA Rail Canada’s second-quarter 2014 financial report shows revenue growth of 3.9% over the comparable quarter in 2013, and improved on-time performance of 8.7 percentage points, from 70.6% in 2014’s…
Caltrain acquiring surplus cars to ease peak crunch
Caltrain will purchase 16 surplus railcars from Metrolink to extend trainset lengths and provide more capacity for standing-room only peak-hour trains.
Loram acquires majority stake in Britain's RVEL
Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc. on Sept. 4, 2014 announced it has acquired a majority stake in Railway Vehicle Engineering Ltd. (RVEL), based in Derby, United Kingdom.
Algoma Central, CN seek passenger service operators
The Algoma Central Railway Passenger Service Working Group is seeking a contract operator for ACR’s passenger service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst, Ontario, and has issued a request for…
China's CNR, CSR halt share trading amid merger reports
Two huge Chinese rolling stock manufacturers, China CNR Corp. and CSR Corp., have suspended trading of their shares following reports in the Chinese media that the Chinese government is looking…
Alstom Transportation names new President
Alstom on Sept. 3, 2014 said Jerome Wallut has been appointed President of Alstom Transportation Inc. and Senior Vice-President of Alstom's North American rail transportation business.
Amtrak to STB: Investigate CN
Amtrak on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, made clear in part its frustration over its own on-time performance by calling on the Surface Transportation Board to look into the matter, specifically…
More upgrades for Chicago-St. Louis HrSR
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has pledged an additional $102 million in right-of-way upgrades for higher-speed rail (HrSR) improvements to accelerate passenger rail travel times between Chicago and St. Louis.
Mike Scanlon announces retirement
After nearly 50 years in public transportation, including 15 years as General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the San Mateo County Transit District, Michael J. Scanlon on August 28,…
First UPX DMUs arrive in Toronto
Union-Pearson Express ( UP Express, or UPX), the C$456 billion Metrolinx project to connect Toronto’s Pearson International Airport with Union Station, is now taking delivery of its 18 diesel multiple-units (DMUs)…
STB backs CHSRA second segment
The Surface Transportation Board has ruled that the California High-Speed Rail Authority "is authorized to construct a 114-mile high-speed passenger rail line between Fresno and Bakersfield, Cal., subject to environmental…
High (higher) speed rail, “the real story”
“Don’t believe the New York Times or the train haters who cite it: High speed rail is not an $11 billion failure.”
NARP installs new leadership
The National Association of Railroad Passengers announced on August 8, 2014 that Jim Mathews will join the organization as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mathews will take over the role…
Caltrain sets capital budget
Caltrain’s board of directors on August 6, 2014, approved a $43.6 million capital budget that will provide funding for bridge repair work in San Mateo, new safety improvements on the…
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