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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.
STV acquires ARCHITECTURE/vbn
New York-based STV, Inc. announced Tuesday it has acquired ARCHITECTURE/vbn (VBN), an award-winning architectural design firm based in Oakland, Calif. VBN will be integrated into STV's West Coast operations.
D.C. ponders PCC streetcar option
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is considering the purchase of vintage President's Conference Committee streetcars (PCCs) as part of its efforts to restore streetcar service to the nation's capital.
GE unveils prototype for next Evolution® Series Locomotive
Erie, Pa.-based GE Transportation Friday unveiled its next Evolution Series locomotive that the company says "will decrease constituent emissions by more than 70% and save railroad customers more than $1.5…
UP unveils key emissions-test locomotive
At its J.R. Davis Yard in Roseville, Calif., Union Pacific on Aug. 22 unveiled an advanced experimental locomotive, UP 9900 that will test three emissions-reducing technologies: exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), diesel oxidation catalysts…
UP to test emissions-reducing technologies
Union Pacific will partner with EMD to develop 25 experimental locomotives that are based in two rail yards in California to be used in a $20 million test of new technology designed…
CSX offers Corporate Social Responsibility report
CSX Monday unveiled its 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report outlining the company's operations, environmental, social, and financial performance.
Norfolk Southern honored for carbon reduction
The American Carbon Registry has presented Norfolk Southern its Corporate Excellence award for "making a public commitment to reducing CO2 emissions 10% below 2009 levels by 2014 and for reaching nearly 40%t…
UP cites safest hazmat shippers
Union Pacific has named 74 companies as annual Pinnacle Award recipients for chemical transportation safety.
R.J. Corman partners with Toyota
R.J. Corman Railroad Group says that R.J. Corman Switching Co. has formed a partnership with Toyota to provide railcar switching, vehicle shuttling, vehicle loading, and track maintenance at the new…
Buffett: Beware of environmental "shortcuts"
Well-run companies that fill a lasting need and do the least damage to the environment are known to be the kind of businesses that Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett likes to acquire.
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