The Texas Department of Transportation and Texas Pacifico Transportation held a groundbreaking for the reconstruction of the international rail bridge at Presidio.
Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad’s safety record in 2017 was recognized with the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s (ASLRRA) prestigious President’s Award.
As a way to circumvent the highway congestion around the Port of Portland, neighboring sites are vying to develop an inland intermodal facility in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
BNSF Railway Company selected Kiamichi Railroad Company as its 2018 ‘Shortline of the Year’ during its annual Shortline Conference.
Development is under way on what is being billed as the largest rail-served industrial park in the Denver area.
Despite some network issues, Kansas City Southern saw record revenues in the third quarter that, at $699 million, were 6% higher from a year ago.
The math for North America railroads is simple: A surging economy plus Precision Scheduled Railroading equals record profits.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) has launched tunneling work on its Purple Line subway extension.
Sound Transit has appointed Tracy Butler, a longtime executive of the Seattle agency, as chief financial officer.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo toured one of the two North (Hudson) River rail tunnels on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor linking New Jersey and New York to view corrosion and damage, and called on President Trump to support funding for repairs.
Editor’s Note: Following is an edited response to my editorial of Aug. 10, 2018, on a New Jersey Transit board meeting. See below for further clarification.
Timely accident investigations are critical to the future of safe transportation operations, for a number of reasons. First, they must begin expeditiously. As the clock runs, evidence can deteriorate or become corrupted. Witness memories of events fade, sometimes to the detriment of actual fact-finding. Second, the search for cause factors and efforts to remediate are delayed, leaving people and property at risk of more accidents and incidents caused by the same risk factors. Third, as time passes, other accidents and incidents demand investigation, putting a strain on investigatory resources.
Major train derailments and collisions can be spectacular. Their economic and environmental consequences are considerable, and they kill and injure people. In response, over the past 40 years, pressed by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Congress (by statute in 2008) the railroads have been implementing Positive Train Control (PTC) systems to reduce the potential for these crashes.
Railway Age editor William C. Vantuono wondered recently what exactly Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson is trying to accomplish by truncating long-distance routes, replacing fresh dining-car meals with MREs*, and replacing station agents with nobody.
Watching Washington, October 2018: From operating plans to marketing to pricing, change is relentless in railroading. Where railroaders once every five years looked with suspicion at all aspects of their system, and made substantial changes after 10, scientific advances, new processes and innovative applications propelled by unremitting competition have put the transformation process on steroids.