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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…
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…
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