Siemens ACS-64 production hits halfway mark

As February ended, Siemens’s Sacramento, Calif., plant sent out its 35th Amtrak Cities Sprinter 64 (ACS-64) electric locomotive, reaching the halfway mark of its planned delivery of 70 units.

FRA campaign tags grade-crossing safety

As part of its ongoing effort to improve safety at railroad grade crossings, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on Monday, March 2, 2015 announced a first step in a new, multi-faceted campaign aimed at strengthening enforcement and safety awareness at grade crossings.

St. Louis Loop Trolley sets groundbreaking date

March 12, 2015 is the groundbreaking date set by supporters of St. Louis Loop Trolley, making the beleaguered project a more likely reality after several setbacks and challenges to the proposed 2.2-mile route.

DOT grants NJT more SuperStorm Sandy funds

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded New Jersey Transit about $147 million through the Federal Transit Administration’s Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program for repair, recovery, and resiliency projects associated with Superstorm Sandy, NJ Transit announced Monday, March, 2, 2015.

Harsco acquires Protran Technology

Harsco Corp. announced Monday, March 2, 2015 that it has acquired Newton, N.J.-based Protran Technology, providing design and production of safety systems for transportation and industrial applications. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Railway Age names 2015 Short Line, Regional Railroads of the Year

Railway Age magazine has named Palmetto Railways the 2015 Short Line Railroad of the Year, and Reading & Northern Railroad its 2015 Regional Railroad of the Year. The awards will be presented at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s (ASLRRA) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, March 29, 2015.

MOU eases Twin Cities LRT squabble

The Metropolitan Council and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, announced a resolution, or at least a truce, over a proposed light rail transit (LRT) line in Minneapolis and nearby communities.

Galveston to reboot (diesel) streetcar

Galveston, Tex.’s City Council, in a 6-to-1 vote Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, approved proceeding to re-establish the citys 6.8-mile diesel trolley car operation, which was discontinued in 2008.

M-1 RFP seeks Detroit streetcar operator

M-1 streetcar representatives on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 said the public-private organization has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking an operator for Detroit’s 3.3-mile initial streetcar line.

Orlando SunRail expansion faces delay

SunRail regional (“commuter”) train service expansions south of the current system into Florida’s Osceola County, and north to DeLand, face potential delays of at least six months, Florida’s Department of Transportation says.