Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will increase the maximum speed of Amtrak Midwest service to 110 mph on more of the Detroit/Pontiac-Chicago corridor starting May 25, and add another Wolverine roundtrip on July 19.
John O’Bryan has been appointed CEO of A. Stucki Co., a Pittsburgh, Pa.-based provider of engineered components, systems and services for the railroad industry and other markets.
Progress Rail, a Caterpillar Company, has purchased Brazilian software firm and consultancy Nitryx, adding network optimization, yard planning, crew management and a rail movement planner to its Advanced Rail Technology (ART) product line.
The first of Sound Transit’s 152 new Series 2 light rail vehicles from Siemens Mobility have been launched into revenue service.
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on May 17 restarted 24-hour subway service.
In a May 14 filing with the Surface Transportation Board, the United States Department of Justice has said CN’s application for a voting trust to acquire Kansas City Southern should be denied, because the proposed merger “raises sufficient competition concerns.”
Union Pacific (UP) and nonprofit Safe Kids Worldwide will expand their partnership over the next three years with new initiatives to “raise awareness, educate families, and prevent rail-related injuries and deaths involving children,” they reported.
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has awarded members WSP and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) with Platinum and Gold recognition, respectively, in its Sustainability Commitment Program.
PS Technology (PST) has designed and supplied 3D simulation training to Savage for its rail yard and industrial switching operations; Savage has established a team to work on renewable energy assets and services projects; and Siemens Mobility has acquired Software as a Service (SaaS) provider Padam Mobility.
Alexa, Amazon’s ubiquitous AI (artificial intelligence) platform, can now tell you if your New Jersey Transit commuter train is running on time.
Takeaways from Cowen and Company’s recent Rail Equipment Webinar show that locomotive upgrades remain solid, as traffic growth continues. Elevated inquiries for newly built railcars should begin to translate into orders gradually, despite the steel premium. Lessors are well-positioned as freight demand rises, railcar supply decreases and new builds fall short of replacement levels this year.
Here are a few follow-up thoughts to our May 7 report, Car Conundrum: Amid Rising Demand, Who’s “Steeling” the Show. We believe a cyclical inflection point and a number of macro factors could elevate interest
Picture a customer who receives a hefty invoice from an auto repair shop with several additional charges and no details regarding the nature of these fees. The customer is left facing the question of whether to dispute the bill, and if so, how. Such has been the experience of U.S. rail shippers in recent decades when receiving invoices from the railroads for demurrage charges, which are applied by railroads for costs incurred when shipments are held up beyond a reasonable time.
The long-simmering controversy over high-speed rail (HSR) continued during a May 6 hearing before the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials. Its theme: “When Unlimited Potential Meets Limited Resources: The Benefits and Challenges of High-Speed Rail and Emerging Rail Technologies.”
In modern railway systems, electricity “is a convenient power source for efficient mass transportation,” according to Alan L. Cinsavich and Priyan De Silva of Helios Electric, a Washington, D.C.-based provider of full-service engineering,