NARBW elects Amtrak’s McKim President

The National Association of Railway Business Women (NARBW) has elected Melanie Bennett McKim as its 40th President.

No cash? No worries: MBTA

Beginning this fall, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail passengers will be able to purchase tickets onboard with a credit or debit card from conductors equipped with smartphones

NDYLTK Rail is now LTK Australia

NDYLTK Rail is now a wholly owned subsidiary of LTK Engineering Services of Ambler, Pa., and has changed its name to LTK Australia Pty Ltd.

South Florida RTA elects Bovo as chairman

The operator of South Florida’s Tri-Rail commuter network has elected new leadership.

Photo: Office of Governor Charlie Baker

MBTA Green Line Extension breaks ground

A second infusion of federal funding lent a festive atmosphere to kickoff for the latest expansion of Boston’s transit system.

New York kicks off LaGuardia rail project

New York is moving ahead with long-sought plans to get people from the train to the plane.

Amtrak as bully

Amidst extravagant accusations of inhospitable dispatching by host freight railroads of its long-distance passenger trains, taxpayer subsidized Amtrak is aggressively manipulating its privileged position in contravention of a congressional intent to expand private-sector operation of passenger trains. Amtrak’s strong-arm tactics also serve to squeeze monopoly rents from state and regional transit authorities, whose commuter trains share Amtrak-owned facilities.

Does the emperor wear no clothes?

With no panache in any prior media announcement, nor even a tip-off to its diehard advocacy supporters, Amtrak launched on June 20 a unique sale of roomettes through only June 26, and good for travel between Aug. 20 and Feb. 15, 2019 (https://www.amtrak.com/roomette-sale-buy-one-get-one-free). Based upon the prior atmosphere of Amtrak and certain airlines, this surprise sale actually gives the impression of simmering issues behind the iron curtain of transparency deep within the Amtrak bunker.

Sprinter Oceanside

Quiet zone coming to SoCal hub

One of Southern California’s busiest railroad towns will be a whole lot quieter a year from now.

MBTA Boston tunnel

MBTA studying rail tunnel project

If Boston didn’t get enough of expensive, disruptive construction during the Big Dig, there could be more on the way.

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