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FAST Act on the fast track to approval
Congressional conferees on Dec. 1, 2015 reached an agreement on the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, a five-year surface transportation reauthorization bill and the first long-term bill of its…
BNSF evaluating drones in New Mexico
BNSF has tested a UAS (unmanned aerial system, better-known as a drone) supplied by Boeing Co. subsidiary Insitu Inc. in east-central New Mexico, on approximately 132 miles of main line…
Yoho visists Balfour Beatty Rail
On Nov. 12, 2015, Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) member Balfour Beatty Rail hosted Congressman Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) for a tour of its Jacksonville, Fla., facility and discussed public policy…
Wabtec to provide signaling, PTC for Denver commuter rail
Wabtec Corporation has signed a $27 million contract with Regional Rail Partners to provide Phase I signaling and communications systems, including Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment, for the new North…
The tangled tale of PTC
Why is PTC so expensive? So complicated? So time-consuming? Delving into its past may provide some answers.
HSR in the Northeast: What next?
In this series published in Railway Age's September, October and November 2015 issues, Contributing Editor Alfred E. Fazio examines the possibilities and engineering requirements for high- or higher-speed rail in…
Railroads get PTC reprieve as President signs Congressional transportation funding stopgap measure
The rail industry’s frenzied push to extend the Congressionally imposed deadline for implementing Positive Train Control—one of the largest unfunded mandates ever foisted upon a U.S. industry—finally came to fruition…
House passes H.R. 3819; Boxer stands alone in her corner
The House of Representatives on Oct. 27, 2015 approved H.R. 3819, The Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015, legislation that funds and extends the authorization for federal highway and transit…
House T&I passes H.R. 3763, PTC extension intact. Now the fun begins
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Oct. 22, 2015 unanimously approved the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763). Among the STRR Act’s numerous provisions…
Senator McConnell Field Representative tours TRAM Construction’s Kentucky facility
On Oct. 20, 2015, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Field Representative Shane Noem joined National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC) member TRAM Construction for a tour of its facility…
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