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Wildfires damage Northwest rail lines
A series of wildfires in central and eastern Washington state, some blazing for nearly a week, have devastated entire communities and left several sections of railway damaged.
"Green" railroads and Box Turtles
One hears the word "green" more than ever at any given rail conference, not without reason. Most in the rail world, naturally enough, apply the allusion to themselves and their…
FTA clears Valley Metro LRT extension
Phoenix's Valley Metro has received the Finding of No Significant Impact (or FONSI) from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for Valley Metro's 1.9-mile Gilbert Road light rail transit extension.
NS outlines initiatives on greenhouse gases
Norfolk Southern on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 disclosed the railroad's business strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and its environmental footprint in a filing with the international not-for-profit CDP, formerly…
APTA to honor nine for sustainability
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) announced Wednesday, July 24, 2013, that that nine public transportation systems and businesses will be recognized for their outstanding sustainability achievements.
TriMet taps Siemens for regenerative power
Portland, Ore.'s TriMet has selected Siemens Mobility to install what is claimed to be the first regenerative "battery" for U.S. passenger rail service, the Sitras Energy Storage Unit, to be…
America’s railroads: Conservers of energy, friends of the environment
You might remember the TV commercial: A single locomotive pulling doublestacked containers through a pastoral landscape, a logjam of trucks and autos on the adjacent roadway, everything moving uncharacteristically slow,…
Judicial ruling stalls LA Metrolink extension
A judge has rejected the environmental impact report (EIR) for a proposed Metrolink line from Riverside to Perris, ruling that the Riverside County (Calif.) Transportation Commission failed to address such…
BNSF: Customers continue reducing C02 footprint
BNSF Railway says its customer base continues to reduce overall carbon dioxide emissions "shipping their freight by rail instead of entirely over the road," leveraging the environmental benefits of freight…
Twin Cities suburb OKs LRT route option
Golden Valley, Minn.'s City Council, reversing an earlier stance, has narrowly given approval for a proposed light rail transit route linking Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Minneapolis. The vote was 3-to-2.
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