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What kind of future should Amtrak have?
My conservative friends will not agree with this essay. So be it. I am tired of hearing the demands that Amtrak either show a profit or that it be put to…
New oversight for LA-San Diego services
A statement Monday by the LOSSAN Rail Corridor agency commended California Gov. Jerry Brown for signing State Senate Bill 1225, authorizing the transfer of management for the state-supported intercity passenger…
Amtrak begins training for Norfolk service
Amtrak said Friday it has begun operating trains to serve as training for locomotive engineers and conductors to learn the tracks and territory between Petersburg and Norfolk, Va., in preparation…
RSI exhibit space for Railway Interchange/2013 now on sale
Railway Supply Institute President Tom Simpson said Wednesday RSI exhibit space for Railway Interchange/2013 is now available for sale online via RSI's website, www.rsiweb.org.
CREATE signalization modernization completed
A signalization modernization project that falls under the CREATE (Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency) program and funded through TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economy Recovery) grants has been completed.
Texas Eagle highlights passenger train success
Listening to naysayers, and watching the efforts in Congress to defund Amtrak, you'd never realize that, as a regional and intercity mass transportation system, Amtrak is actually a top performer…
VIA Rail car refurbishment adjusted
A New Brunswick provincial judge has approved an adjusted arrangement that will see 14 VIA Rail cars refurbished in Moncton, New Brunswick, during the next 19 months, as a part…
"Knowledge Corridor” HrSR funds released
The Department of Transportation and Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Monday announced $120.9 million had been released by the Federal Railroad Administration to upgrade Amtrak's New Haven-Springfield (Mass.) route, part…
Bombardier lands orders in Austria, Germany
Bombardier Transportation on Monday said it had landed two significant orders, one for 32 streetcars (trams) by Innsbruck, Austria, and a second involving TWINDEXX Vario double-decker electric multiple-unit (EMU) trains…
California Transportation Commission releases CBOSS PTC funding
The California Transportation Commission has voted to release $39.8 million in allocations toward work to advance the Caltrain Modernization Program and prepare the rail corridor, which connects San Francisco with…
Sumitomo eyed for multistate bilevel order
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) on Thursday said that, on behalf of the departments of transportation from Illinois, Michigan, and Missouri, it has issued a Notice of Intent to…
Bombardier will expand Israeli fleet
Bombardier Transportation announced that it will supply Israel Railways (ISR) with an additional 72 double-deck coaches. This order is part of a framework agreement signed in October 2010, under which 150 coaches…
Congress hears of Amtrak's "high return"
Taxpayers are getting their money's worth from their modest investment in Amtrak, especially when passenger rail spending is compared with highway outlays, Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman told a House Transportation and…
Bombardier to supply Saudi HSR components
Bombardier Transportation Tuesday said it has signed contracts with Madrid-based Patentes Talgo SA to develop and supply components for 36 very high speed trains for Saudi Arabia.
FRA funds third track for northern Virginia
The Federal Railroad Administration Monday announced its intent to release $74.8 million for 11 miles of a third track for use by Virginia Rail Express (VRE), CSX, and Amtrak in northern…
Amtrak Downeaster extension begins Nov. 1
The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) said Wednesday the extension of Amtrak Downeaster service to Freeport and Brunswick, Maine, will begin Nov. 1. Tickets for the new service…
Amtrak taps ENSCO track chart system
Falls Church, Va.-based ENSCO, Inc. said Wednesday Amtrak has selected for use the company's TrackIT(r) Track Chart Management System. The web-based system hosts Amtrak's official track charts and provides them…
VIA Rail Canada launches electronic ticketing
VIA Rail Canada said Wednesday it has initiated "a new electronic ticketing service enabling passengers to access their tickets and information anywhere and any time from their personal electronic device,…
Metro-North courts Bronx for proposed service
Metro-North Railroad is holding four information sessions in the Bronx to solicit input—and, more pointedly, political support—for running some of its New Haven Line trains on Amtrak’s Hell Gate route…
Illinois bill sets rail construction authority
The Midwest High Speed Rail Association (MHSRA) says Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn recently signed state House Bill HB4078, strongly backed by the association, “which allows the Illinois Toll Highway Authority…
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