Testifying on Sept. 13 at a House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials hearing on Positive Train Control, Amtrak Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek said—in contrast to what President and CEO Richard Anderson has stated in previous hearings—that the railroad will not discontinue long-distance train operations on freight railroad routes that lack fully functioning PTC by Jan, 1, 2019, and will apply to the Federal Railroad Administration for an alternative schedule with a Dec. 31, 2020 deadline.
The first replacement trainset for Amtrak’s high-speed service is just a shell of itself – and that’s good news.
CSX announced a change in leadership for its Merchandise and Intermodal Sales & Marketing teams.
Chicago’s Metra will not raise fares in 2019, but could cut services beginning in 2020 if it doesn’t receive state funding.
Growing e-commerce and the run-up to end-of-year retail sales helped intermodal shipments gain in the weekly rail freight report from the Association of American Railroads.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has chosen Potomac Yard Constructors as the prime construction contractor for the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station.
The Federal Transit Administration is looking for transit agencies to participate in its “Pilot Program for Expedited Project Delivery,” which is “is aimed at faster delivery of new transit capital projects that by law must utilize public-private partnerships, be operated and maintained by employees of an existing public transportation provider, and have a federal share not exceeding 25% of the project cost.”
The Federal Railroad Administration is making available the remaining $46.3 million of $250 million in Positive Train Control (PTC) Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program grant money. FRA on Sept. 12 issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), to solicit applications.
There has been some speculation that Norfolk Southern will pull up stakes in Norfolk, Va., and relocate its corporate headquarters to Atlanta, Ga., where the railroad’s operations and engineering forces have been historically located.
Pacific Harbor Line (PHL), an Anacostia & Pacific switching and terminal railroad, has promoted Stephane Perri to General Superintendent. He will be directing all transportation operations in his new role.