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Obama’s rail vision requires voice of the people
One clause in a single sentence in President Obama's second inaugural speech has potential for meaningful consequences: "Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed…
Amtrak, CHSRA plan joint HSR gear order
Two U.S. high speed rail players, Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), will combine efforts to advance a joint order of up to 62 high speed rail trainsets,…
Amtrak fills more senior operations posts
Amtrak late Thursday said it has named Magdy El-Sibaie as the new chief safety officer and Robin McDonough as chief, business operations. Both will report directly to D.J. Stadtler, vice…
Amtrak to FRA: Lightweight HSR trains, please
Amtrak begins the new year by formally planning to request revisions to Federal Railroad Administration safety standards to facilitate lighter-weight high speed rail equipment, a move U.S. rail advocates have…
Latest (and longest) China HSR line opens
China Wednesday morning began high speed rail service connecting Beijing, the capital, with Guangzhou, in the nation's southeast, according to The New York Times.
Amtrak names new marketing, sales head
Matt Hardison has been named Amtrak’s Chief Marketing and Sales Officer (CMSO) following the retirement of Emmett Fremaux. He reports directly to President and CEO Joe Boardman, effective immediately.
Florida’s capital yearns for Sunset Limited
Tallahassee, Fla., is urging Amtrak to restore passenger rail service to the state capital.
Adore or abhor income protection? Thank Jim Hodgson
Perhaps no individual so significantly affected the payment of income protection to rail workers as did President Nixon's labor secretary, James D. Hodgson, who died Nov. 28 at age 96.
When the trains stopped
Hurricane Sandy stranded millions for days. It will take billions to fully recover from the monster storm’s windy, watery wallop.
Michigan DOT completes NS rail line buy
In time for the holiday season, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Norfolk Southern Railway Co. (NS) have finalized a $140 million agreement for MDOT…
FEC, Port Everglades sign intermodal site pact
Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) said Friday it has signed a joint marketing agreement with Port Everglades to promote a new 42.5-acre near-port intermodal container transfer facility (ICTF), to serve…
NS welcomes Amtrak back to Norfolk
Norfolk Southern Corp. Tuesday heralded Amtrak's return to the corporation's headquarters city, Norfolk, Va., and the Hampton Roads area.
Virgin Trains extends Bombardier contract
British West Coast Main Line operator Virgin Trains has extended its contract with Bombardier until March 2016 to maintain its fleet of Super Voyager diesel trains. The contract is worth…
LIRR resumes normal rush hour service
MTA Long Island Rail Road began the day providing rush hour service to Midtown Manhattan comparable to levels prior to Hurricane Sandy's impact Oct. 29, and at least two weeks…
Amtrak takes charge of Empire Corridor stretch
Delayed by one month at least in part due to Hurricane Sandy, Amtrak and the state of New York announced Tuesday Amtrak assumed control from CSX Corp. of the Empire…
Amtrak, VIA Rail, CN reach Maple Leaf accord
Amtrak's Maple Leaf will continue to use the upper level of the Whirlpool Bridge, linking Niagara Falls, N.Y., with Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada, following an agreement aimed at keeping the…
Amtrak names two to senior operations posts
Amtrak on Monday named Bruce Pohlot as the new chief engineer, and named Tom Quigley general manager, State-Supported Services. Both will report directly to DJ Stadtler, vice president of operations effective Dec. 10,…
Mudslides mess with BNSF in Seattle area
BNSF rights-of-way in northwest Washington State have been affected by as many as 15 mudslides, triggered by heavy rain this week in the Pacific Northwest.
California HSR bests latest legal challenge
In what is almost assuredly just one of a continuing wave of legal moves to terminate, block or otherwise alter California's plan to implement high speed rail, a judge has…
Sumitomo lands Midwest/Calif. HrSR order
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and federal officials on Monday announced that Sumitomo Corp. of America has been awarded a $352 million contract from California's Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for 130…
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