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WMATA awards contract to Unitrac
Unitrac Railroad Materials, Inc. said Wednesday it has received a three-year contract to supply special trackwork to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), valued at approximately $8 million over…
House stalls action on surface transport bill
Possibly due to any outcry of protest from numerous transport groups—and certainly due in part to defections within Republican House ranks—the House of Representatives has moved to delay consideration of…
APTA applauds President's transport proposal
The American Public Transportation Association late Monday released a statement from APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy, praising the six-year transportation plan announced by President Obama in his budget proposal.
Ontario premier: We'll heed Toronto City Council
By accident or, more likely, by design, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has undercut Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and affirmed his support for the City Council, by saying the province will…
Toronto mayor, council spar over rail expansion
In a dramatic move, the Toronto City Council on Wednesday voted 26-17 in favor of maintaining (or reinstating) an earlier plan for extensive surface rail transit expansion in Canada’s largest…
Skanska awarded New York subway contract
Skanska USA’s civil construction business unit announced Wednesday it has signed a $261.9 million contract with New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the Second Avenue Subway project in New York…
APTA: Ways and Means transit posture hurtful
The American Public Transportation Association said Tuesday it will hold a media conference call Wednesday to brief callers on the “negative impact” the House Ways and Means Committees’ surface transportation…
It helps if you ride (your mode)
Full disclosure and credibility claim right upfront: I ride the bus. More than once a year. And more than one O/D pair. That’s just to make it clear that the…
Toronto bickers—and builds
As Daffy Duck might plead: Who’s in charge here?
MTA revamps East Side Access timetable
New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Construction says it plans to reorganize its construction plan of the $7.4 billion East Side Access project, designed to give the Long Island Rail…
Improvements spur PATH to ridership record
The bistate, trans-Hudson PATH rail system rolled to a record ridership 76.6 million trips in 2011, an achievement that the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey notes followed…
Bechtel team completes Dulles rail tunnel
The Bechtel-led consortium building the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project for Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has completed the tunnel that will carry the future rail line under a portion of Tysons…
Thales lands Hong Kong airport APM contract
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France-based Thales Group said Monday it has been awarded a contract by IHI Corp. to resignal and upgrade the automated people mover (APM) located within Hong Kong international airport.
RAIL TRANSIT’S future touted at APTA Expo 2011
Though not the only mode on display, streetcars dominated the APTA Expo 2011 floor show. Bombardier, Siemens, Kinkisharyo, Kawasaki, Brookville Equipment Corp., and United Streetcar all showed prototypes.
NYMTA: FASTRACK a solid success
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority says its new FASTRACK maintenance strategy has produced " unprecedented productivity gains." Under that strategy, while lines are closed overnight for track maintenance, a…
Faiveley Transport buys into Graham-White
Faiveley Transport says it has signed an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in Graham‐White, a designer and manufacturer of compressed air drying technology and brake components for locomotives and…
INIT adds new manufacturing facility
Chesapeake, Va.-based INIT Innovations in Transportation, Inc. said Tuesday that, in partnership with Simtech, LLC, a supplier of customized electronic products, it has opened Superior Quality Manufacturing (SQM) to produce…
2012 PASSENGER RAIL OUTLOOK: In troubled times, still growing
In long-range perspective, the story of North American passenger rail is one of extraordinary growth. The story isn’t over.
Passenger rail’s modal percentage potential: How high is up?
What's passenger rail's potential modal split in the U.S.? That's something to ponder as rail transit gathers strength in an auto-dependent nation during the 21st century. Even ardent pro-rail advocates…
Lhota confirmed as New York MTA chair
The New York State Senate Monday confirmed Joseph Lhota as the new chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, replacing Jay Walder, who departed in October. Lhota had been serving as…
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