Author: David Peter Alan

Grand Central Madison Open for Business

Originally planned for completion in 2009, the Long Island Rail Road’s East Side Access Project is finally finished and in service. On Jan. 25, revenue trains ran from the LIRR’s Jamaica station to a new terminal facility 14 stories beneath Madison Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. The new terminal is slightly northwest of Metro North’s historic Grand Central Terminal. The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has named the new facility “Grand Central Madison.”

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Passenger Rail Outlook: Amtrak at the Crossroads

RAILWAY AGE, JANUARY 2023 ISSUE: It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” So goes the opening of A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens’s 1859 saga of the French Revolution. Amtrak and its riders have experienced the best of times in some respects, along with the worst of times in others, during the half-century since “America’s Railroad” was founded in 1971, but Amtrak’s prospects stand in stark contrast today.


Biden ‘Railroaded’ Workers, and Maybe Himself

The nationwide railroad strike that was threatened for Dec. 9 did not take place. In effect, the Biden Administration and Congress ordered workers to accept the terms of a tentative agreement their

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Three New Starts and a Bus Bridge

The number of new rail transit starts in the United States has slowed in recent years, probably due at least in part to the COVID-19 pandemic. Three years ago, I held the

LRT Growth Continues, But at Restricted Speed (UPDATED With Commentary)

RAILWAY AGE, NOVEMBER 2022 ISSUE: Light rail was a transit phenomenon like none other since the advent of the streetcar itself. A transit mode that burst onto the scene four decades ago, it brought rail transit to dozens of locations in the U.S. and Canada that had lost it during the mid-20th century. It deserves credit for revitalizing urban neighborhoods and central business districts, re-establishing rail transit as an important component of mobility and economic development. It accomplished all that despite having a title that virtually none of its riders understood, and without an agreed-upon definition or taxonomy.

Railway Age/RT&S LRT Conference Spotlights the Tech Side

More than 100 conferees from transit management and the supply and consulting industry gathered in Boston on Nov. 16-17 for “Light Rail: Planning, Engineering & Operations,” which returned to an in-person format following two virtual events in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hurricane Sandy, Ten Years Later

It has been ten years since Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc in much of the Mid-Atlantic region and many other places. Sandy was no ordinary hurricane. She came very late in the hurricane