‘Hope is Not a Plan, and No Plan is a Plan For Failure’

Editor’s Commentary: Jim Tilley on Feb. 13 wrote to Amtrak Board Chair Anthony Coscia regarding procurement of a new long-distance fleet. Railway Age reproduced the letter in its entirety and published a


FURSST for Safety and Security

TTC OPERATED BY ENSCO, RAILWAY AGE APRIL 2024 ISSUE: The Facility for Underground Rail Security and Safety Testing (FURSST) at the Transportation Technology Center (TTC), also known as the “Underground Tunnel,” is


FRA Crew Size Rule: Politics Prevail (Updated With Additional Commentary)

The Federal Railroad Administration on April 2 issued a final rule, 49 CFR Part 218 [Docket No. FRA-2021-0032, Notice No. 5], RIN 2130-AC88, Train Crew Size Safety Requirements “establishing minimum safety requirements

Utah Transit Authority will receive $360,000 from the FTA to conduct a planning and economic analysis to assess the viability of transit-supportive land use changes and improvements along the FrontRunner commuter rail corridor. (Photograph Courtesy of HDR)

TOD Planning Projects to Receive $17.6MM

Twenty projects—10 rail-related—will share $17.6 million in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants through the Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning.

STB Appoints Inaugural PRAC Members (UPDATED 4/2)

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) on March 28 named 21 voting members to the newly formed Passenger Rail Advisory Committee (PRAC).

Railway Age’s April 2024 Digital Edition On Line

The April 2024 issue of Railway Age is now available digitally, with special reports on passenger rail post-pandemic and on safety from the freight rail industry’s top thought leaders.

New York MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber joined New York City Mayor Eric Adams and NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban at Fulton Transit Center on March 28 to announce a pilot program of weapon detectors, manufactured by Evolv, that can be deployed at subway entrances. (Marc A. Hermann / MTA)

Transit Briefs: MBTA, NCDOT, NYMTA, BART

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) plans a low-income fare program and graduates another large class of heavy rail (rapid transit) engineers. Also, North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) revises the design for a new passenger railcar maintenance facility; New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will pilot firearm detection technology; and San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) reports a surge in arrests.

Watch: ‘Train Daddy’ Andy Byford Speaks Out in Toronto

At the Toronto Region Board of Trade (TRBT) 9th Annual Transportation Symposium, “Train Daddy” (as he was nicknamed in New York City) Andy Byford, among the most recognizable figures in global passenger

Lehigh Valley Officials Study Passenger Train Restoration

It has been more than four decades since a scheduled passenger train called at any point in the Lehigh Valley, in northeastern Pennsylvania. At one time the area hosted service to New

The last Train #75, SP's Lark, with SDP3206 on the point ready to leave Los Angeles, April 8, 1968. Wikimedia Commons/Drew Jacksic

Report: Dreamstar Lines Signs MOU With UP for Coast Line Track Access

Dreamstar Lines of Newport Beach, Calif., has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Union Pacific (UP) “formalizing the parties’ negotiations toward a comprehensive final agreement” and “identifying the fundamental terms for Dreamstar to operate its trains” on UP’s Coast Line via Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and San Jose, according to a SFGate report.