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DOT seeking 100% “American” passenger cars
The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a $551 million Request for Proposals (RFP) for 130 new “standardized” bilevel passenger railcars for use on Amtrak’s intercity routes in California, Illinois,…
Amtrak, All Aboard Florida: We can co-exist
Far from being threatened by Florida East Coast Railway's All Aboard Florida passenger rail proposal, Amtrak has signaled that the service would be welcomed, and even offer symbiotic benefits to…
STB: Michigan files to acquire NS line
The Surface Transportation Board says Michigan's Department of Transportation has filed an Acquisition Exemption, requesting permission for MichDOT to acquire two sections of NS rights-of-way totaling about 135 miles.
NS, MichDOT, Amtrak resolve slow-order spat
Michigan's Department of Transportation, Norfolk Southern Corp., and Amtrak reportedly have reached agreement on work designed to remove or reduce slow orders NS imposed last month on right-of-way between Kalamazoo,…
Amid trans-Hudson fuss, Amtrak touts ridership
Amtrak Wednesday said it was on pace to "set another new annual ridership record, as passenger counts across its national network for the first six months of fiscal year 2012…
Amtrak, Michigan cry foul over NS slow order
Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation late Thursday publicly protested a decision by Norfolk Southern enacting speed restrictions of 25 to 30 mph on NS track between Kalamazoo and…
UP, Amtrak agree on Sunset Limited change
Amtrak and Union Pacific reportedly have reached agreement to adjust schedules for Amtrak's tri-weekly Sunset Limited, connecting New Orleans and Los Angeles, changing the train's westbound departure from New Orleans…
Amtrak Hialeah yard taps RailComm system
Fairport, N.Y. based RailComm said Thursday it has provided a wireless remote control derail system at Amtrak's Maintenance Facility in Hialeah, Fla., outside Miami.
Wabtec to supply Amtrak car components
Wabtec Corp. will supply components for 130 new Amtrak passenger cars being built CAF USA, Inc. a railcar builder with manufacturing facilities in New York state. The cars are scheduled for delivery…
LaHood tours Siemens plant, reiterates HSR support
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood toured the Siemens Mobility plan in South Sacrmento, Calif., on Wednesday, extolling it as an example of how U.S. workers can provide quality manufactured goods.
Amtrak cleared for HrSR speeds in Midwest
Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation have received federal approval to increase maximum speeds of Amtrak trains in western Michigan and northern Indiana to 110 mph, following successful installation…
New Amtrak service target date for Norfolk, Va.
Amtrak reportedly hopes to begin passenger rail service to Norfolk, Va., along the south side of the James River, by the end of the year.
Va. advocates push another Amtrak extension
Buoyed by recent state-supported extensions of Amtrak service that have proven popular, state rail advocates are clamoring for Amtrak service to be extended to Virginia’s southwestern reaches, including Roanoke, Va.,…
Congress OKs FY12 transport appropriations
Both the House and Senate Thursday passed the Conference Report on a package of three appropriations bills, including the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related…
Amtrak readies NEC bridge replacement
Continuing to upgrade and replace bridges in Connecticut on its Northeast Corridor, Amtrak is preparing to replace two bridge spans in Stonington, Conn, and will suspend passenger service from 4:00…
Amtrak ACS-64: Speed, power, efficiency
In June 2009, Amtrak called for proposals for up to 70 new electric locomotives. The key requirements were conformity to all FRA regulations, Buy America compliance, acceleration capability to avoid impacting…
Amtrak to start Massachusetts ROW work
Amtrak in June will begin a summer-long project to replace rail ties on the Northeast Corridor in Massachusetts, impacting Amtrak service and Massachusetts Bay Transporation Authority (MBTA) consists. Tie replacement…
Amtrak eyes new cross-Hudson rail tunnel plan
New Jersey’s two U.S. Senators joined Amtrak President Joseph Boardman Monday in Newark, N.J. to advance a plan, this time led by Amtrak and dubbed the “Gateway Tunnel,” to increase…
Virginia: Amtrak to Norfolk an added service
Virginia’s plans to expand Amtrak passenger rail service to Norfolk, Va., will be pursued without sacrificing Amtrak’s current route through the state’s Tidewater region, which terminates at Newport News, on…
Virginia passenger train marks first birthday
Several Charlottesville, Va., residents gathered at the train station Oct. 7 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the daily Lynchburg-to-Washington Amtrak train, which stops in Charlottesville.
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