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Canada goes the distance(s)
AMT, GO Transit, West Coast Express, and VIA Rail Canada anchor the nation’s passenger rail network. Each faces fiscal challenges.
2014 Passenger Rail Planner’s Guide
Railway Age's annual compilation spotlights the ever-growing number of cities or regions adding or expanding passenger rail services and equipment.
Passenger Trains on Freight Railroads Conference
October 28 & 29, 2014 | Washington Marriott Hotel | Washington, DC · MIXED TRAFFIC: Meeting the Challenges · Join Railway Age at this premier event — the industry’s only conference on freight-plus-passenger railroading. Now…
Perspective: “The Northeast Corridor has nothing on us”
In 1866, The Rocky Mountain News reported that, “The one moral, the one remedy for every evil, social, political, financial, and industrial, the one immediate vital need of the entire…
Amtrak, FRA, NS, INDOT kick off $71 million Indiana Gateway
Amtrak, the Federal Railroad Administration, Norfolk Southern, and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) have embarked on constructing the $71.4 million Indiana Gateway project, which will upgrade the right-of-way between…
Philadelphia 30th Street Station redevelopment planning under way
One of the most architecturally significant and grandest passenger railroad stations in the world, Amtrak’s Philadelphia 30th Street Station, opened by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1933, will be undergoing a…
Indiana Gateway HrSR project to proceed
Indiana's sole involvement in U.S. higher-speed rail (HrSR) planning was officially launched Thursday, May 29, 2014, as the "Indiana Gateway" project proceeds, according to Indiana Department of Transportation officials.
Sen. Inhofe backs Heartland Flyer extension
Oklahoma's senior U.S. Senator, James Inhofe, has endorsed a proposal to extend Amtrak's Heartland Flyer north of Oklahoma City into Kansas, to connect with Amtrak's long-distance Southwest Chief.
Study touts All Aboard Florida's stimulus
All Aboard Florida, the higher-speed rail (HrSR) intercity passenger service being advanced by Florida East Coast Industries, will add nearly $3.5 billion in GDP to the state of Florida's economy,…
Caltrain electrification RFQ issued
Caltrain on Friday, May 16, 2014 released an RFQ (Request for Qualification) for the electrification portion of its Modernization Program, which includes operating electric service with new, high-performance rolling stock…
Amtrak moves into St. Paul Union Depot
Amtrak's westbound Empire Builder may be struggling on its way across North Dakota, but it called on a new home in St. Paul, Minn., on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, stopping for…
Amtrak bustitutes westbound Empire Builder
Honoring a request by BNSF Railway for a temporary service adjustment, Amtrak will alter its westbound Empire Builder schedule through North Dakota through Sept. 30, 2014, using chartered buses to…
Amtrak to International Property Developers: You can’t turn those fans off
International Property Developers North America Inc., the Delaware-based subsidiary of U.K.-based commercial property developer and real estate investor William Davies, is seeking to reduce the operational hours of the ventilation…
Toronto, SMART DMUs will get Cummins Tier 4-compliant power
Cummins Inc. is now producing its Tier 4 Final-compliant QSK19-R diesel engine, which will power the new Nippon Sharyo diesel multiple-unit (DMU) trainsets designed for transit and regional/commuter services in…
HNTB: Baton Rouge-New Orleans passenger train would serve 1.4 million
A study by HNTB Corp. for regional transit organizations and mayors in Louisiana says that a new passenger train service linking New Orleans and Baton Rouge on existing freight trackage,…
Illinois eyes Amtrak Black Hawk restoration
Amid a flurry of announced rail funding programs, Illinois has identified $60 million for re-establishing Amtrak service linking Chicago and Rockford, Ill., as early as late next year. Amtrak's Black…
Illinois infrastructure plan includes $1.85 billion for public transportation
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has unveiled a six-year, $8.6-billion capital construction program plan consisting of federal, state, and local funds. The plan incorporates $1.85 billion for public transportation.
Amtrak awards Empire Corridor contract work
Amtrak has awarded engineering company Michael Baker Jr., Inc. a $4.2 million contract for construction management and inspection services involving several projects on its Empire Corridor in New York State.
Jobs to Move America offers assistance on Amtrak trainset RFP
Amtrak’s RFP (Request for Proposals) for 43 new Northeast Corridor and California high speed trainsets requires bidding manufacturers to provide information about their plans to create U.S. jobs, locate manufacturing…
Vermont House OKs Ethan Allen rail extension
The Vermont House of Representatives passed a resolution Tuesday, April 8, 2014, supporting a "Western Corridor" extension of passenger rail service from Rutland, Vt., to Burlington, the state's largest city.
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