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Appropriations bill: For rail, some gains, some losses
Congress finalized the Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations late Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, and President Obama was expected to sign the bill Saturday, Jan. 18. Rail programs—with a few notable exceptions—have…
Railway Age's 2014 Passenger Railcar Outlook
The customer pool for North American passenger car suppliers keeps growing, as Railway Age reports in its January 2014 issue.
FTA OKs Milwaukee streetcar route adjustment
The Federal Transit Administation (FTA) has granted Milwaukee its request to adjust a portion of its proposed streetcar route through downtown, sought by the city in order to reduce utility…
Boise, Idaho, revisits downtown streetcar idea
Plans for a streetcar circulator in Boise, Idaho's capital, have been revived after six years of dormancy, though modal choice is now up for grabs.
APTA: Transit ridership up in 3Q, year-to-date
The American Public Transportation Association says Americans continue to turn to public transit in increasing numbers, totaling 2.7 billion trips in the third quarter, up 1.5% from the comparable period…
FY14 appropriations good for TIGER, Amtrak
Congressional conference committee members cobbling together an actual fiscal year 2014 federal budget have reportedly agreed on budgetary numbers fairly favorable to Amtrak and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER)…
HNTB marks 100th anniversary
HNTB Corp. on Jan. 14, 2014 is officially recognizing its 100th anniversary.
Salpeas, Steven LaRocco advance at Parsons
Passenger rail veterans Takis Salpeas and Steven A. LaRocco have advanced to new positions in the Rail & Transit Systems Division of Parsons, effective immediately.
Milwaukee seeks streetcar right-of-way change
Milwaukee, facing stiff anti-rail opposition from its namesake county and the state of Wisconsin, continues pursuing an initial $65 million starter streetcar line, focusing on limiting costs of utility relocation,…
Four teams still vie to build Purple Line
Maryland state officials have culled down prospective private consortia willing to build the 16-mile, $2.2 billion Purple Line light rail transit project from six to four.
Public transit tax break slashed for 2014
U.S. public transit users headed for work, school, or other tasks as 2014 began once again were receiving unequal fiscal pre-tax transport treatment from the federal government, something that was…
Axion receives composite crosstie order
Axion International Holdings, Inc., producer of ECOTRAX® composite rail ties and STRUXURE® building products, has received an order worth $925,000 from “a major domestic transit line located in the South…
Cincinnati streetcar construction resumes
Pro-streetcar supporters served coffee and breakfast snacks to workers resuming construction Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, on Cincinnati's controversial streetcar line, now proceeding once more following a reaffirmation of the project…
FTA gives nod to St. Louis Loop Trolley
Plans for heritage trolley service in St. Louis' Delmar Loop, dogged by lawsuits and delays throughout 2013, have been given preliminary approval by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
Houston adds to LRT Red Line
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) joined elected officials and representatives from Harris County Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, to mark the opening of Houston's North Line light…
Cincinnati and Austin: Community urban rail proponents challenge City Hall
It should come as no surprise that campaigns for new urban rail startup projects have been meeting stiff opposition in a couple of American cities. That's usually the case, isn't…
Streetcar testing in D.C. under way
Testing and certification of Washington, D.C.’s first modern streetcar line has begun, with the first vehicle, supplied by Clackamas, Ore.-based United Streetcar, LLC, operating under its own power.
Cincinnati streetcar survives political turmoil
Construction on Cincinnati's streetcar project will resume following weeks of political posturing and gamesmanship culminating Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, in a decision to let the project continue.
URS hired to aid LA Streetcar project
Los Angeles' Downtown Streetcar project, recently beset by cost concerns and pushback from some anti-rail quarters, has hired URS to restore momentum to the proposed project.
Three teams vie for Waterloo DBOM contract
Ontario province's Regional Municipality of Waterloo will evaluate three competing bids for a C$536 million (US$505 million) contract to build an initial 11.8-mile light rail transit line. All three bids…
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