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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.
See Tracks? Think Train!
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) on March 8, 2014 launched a new public service advertising campaign called See Tracks? Think Train! that aims to reduce pedestrian and driver injuries and fatalities…
CDOT readies RFP for New Haven-Springfield line
Connecticut's Department of Transportation (CDOT) will solicit proposals for an operator for Amtrak's New Haven-Hartford-Springfield route beginning in 2016, according to Gov. Dannel Malloy. The RFP will be issued within…
Northeast Corridor is an economic engine: Report
A new report, “The Northeast Corridor and the American Economy,” produced by the Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Operations Advisory Commission (NEC Commission) details how the Northeast Corridor (NEC), carrying 750,000…
SP 4449 readied for another 15 years of service
For the past four decades, former Norfolk & Western and Southern Pacific locomotive engineer Doyle McCormack has coddled the most familiar steam locomotive operating in North America.
Amtrak recruiting focusing on veterans
Thousands of military veterans are returning to civilian life, and Amtrak is actively recruiting them “to bring their leadership, strong work ethic, and high-tech skills to America's Railroad®,” said President…
PTSI Transportation launching The Route Learning System™
PTSI Transportation, a railway management consultancy firm with 42 years’ experience in operations training, and customer and onboard service, is developing The Route Learning System™, its new digital training, testing,…
Amtrak stretches Empire Builder schedule in response to BNSF congestion
In recent months, the ontime performance of Amtrak’s Empire Builder has been severely impacted by heavy freight train congestion on host railroad BNSF Railway’s Northern Corridor. A near-exponential spike in…
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