Ansaldo STS USA lands WMATA contract

Ansaldo STS USA said Monday it has signed an $11.8 million contract with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to replace an existing interlocking at the authority’s Silver Spring, Md., station. The interlocking upgrade is the first step by WMATA to refurbish its existing system with a seamless transfer, hot standby MicroLok® II interlocking controller.

U.S. carload traffic trails 2008 by 22.4%

“Sharply down” is a recurring phrase in the weekly traffic reports of the Association of American Railroads. The latest report, for the week ended April 3, shows carload traffic down 22.4% from

Alstom lands CBTC contract in Toronto

The Toronto Transit Commission has awarded Alstom Transport a C$50 million (US$42.5 million) contract for an overlay CBTC (communications-based train control) system with ATC (automatic train control) on the 19-mile Yonge University

Amtrak offers recommendation for Ohio “3C Corridor”

Amtrak has made its recommendation for optimal restoration of passenger rail service linking Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, including a preferred route for such “3C” service—something the Buckeye State has considered, and spurned,


Parsons lands Houston light rail DBOM contract

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO), Houston, Tex., has awarded a multi-phase DBOM (design-build-operate-maintain) contract worth $1.46 billion to Parsons for a significant expansion of its light rail system.  METRO’s

R.J. Corman buys Railpower assets

Nicholasville, Ky.-based R.J. Corman Railroad Group LLC is acquiring most of the assets of Brossard, Que.-based locomotive manufacturer Railpower Technologies Corp. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Railpower, which has

U.S. freight traffic still struggling

U.S. carload freight traffic for the week ended April 25 remained lower than the comparable week one year ago, down 22.4%, according to the Association of American Railroads. AAR noted traffic rose