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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…
Illinois, IAIS reach Quad Cities "milestone"
The state of Illinois said Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 it and Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) had reached a "key milestone" in developing intercity passenger rail service linking Chicago and the…
CHSRA funding plan clears court hurdle
A California appeals court has ruled that the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) can proceed with up to $8 billion in state bond sales for the proposed $68 billion system…
Indiana(polis) spat may sink Hoosier State
Amtrak's Hoosier State, linking Indianapolis with Chicago four days a week, may be terminated due to the state capital's reluctance to provide operating funding support.
Kenneth M. Uznanski, Jr., 1962-2014
Kenneth M. Uznanski, Jr., the former head of the Washington State Department of Transportation Rail Division and a highly respected national figure in passenger railroading, died July 7, 2014 at…
Amtrak RFI ponders Tier 4 locomotive order
Amtrak has issued a request for information concerning 15 new Tier 4 diesel-electric locomotives, as well as one diesel switch yard locomotive.
IOS ID'd for All Aboard Florida debut
All Aboard Florida will launch service in late 2016 as planned, but initially will operate trains linking Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, on the southern section of its…
LACMTA taps J.L. Patterson for track project
J.L. Patterson & Associates, Inc. (JLP) said it has been awarded a $6.5 million contract by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) for finalizing the design of a…
Amtrak RFP seeks 28 next-gen HSR trainsets
Amtrak said Wednesday, July 2, 2014 it has officially issued its Request for Proposals (RFP) for up to 28 next-generation high speed trainsets to replace its current Acela Express equipment…
Indiana taps vendor for Hoosier State
Indiana's Department of Transportation has selected Corridor Capital, LLC as its "preferred vendor" to manage and operate Amtrak's Hoosier State between Indianapolis and Chicago.
Dear Senators McCaskill & Blunt: Fuggetaboutit!
With regard to Missouri’s two U.S. senators, Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Roy Blunt, we invoke urban slang from cranky New Yorkers, and their brethren across the Hudson in New…
Supreme Court to consider USDOT vs. AAR re: Amtrak
In 2008, Congress passed PRIIA (Passenger Rail Improvement and Investment Act). Among its many provisions, it allows Amtrak to work with the Federal Railroad Administration to set metrics and minimum…
JLP/STV on call for Metrolink
The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) has awarded a contract worth up to $10 million to a joint venture of J.L. Patterson & Associates Inc. and STV Inc. for…
Amtrak, CHSRA call it quits on joint trainset procurement
Plans by Amtrak and the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) to jointly purchase a fleet of high speed trainsets have been scrapped as the two parties have acknowledged that…
Report: Global HSR trends could apply to California
According to a new Mineta Transportation Institute report, Modal Shift and High-Speed Rail: A Review of the Current Literature,“evidence from the high speed rail systems of Europe and Asia demonstrates…
"Green" railroads and Box Turtles
One hears the word "green" more than ever at any given rail conference, not without reason. Most in the rail world, naturally enough, apply the allusion to themselves and their…
Robert Coward joins Parsons Brinckerhoff
Robert Coward has been named a Senior Supervising Engineer in the Lawrenceville, N.J., office of Parsons Brinckerhoff. He will provide construction management support for the New Jersey High-Speed Rail Improvement…
Amtrak Viewliner II baggage car field testing
The first of Amtrak’s 55 new Viewliner II baggage cars, no. 61000—one of four Viewliner II series long-distance car types—is undergoing field testing.
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