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DART Orange Line wins environmental excellence award

Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Northwest Corridor to Irving/DFW Final Environmental Impact Statement is the recipient of the Federal Transit Administration’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Environmental Document Preparation. The FEIS provided

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Obama nominates Anthony Coscia to Amtrak board

President Barack Obama nominated a top official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to serve on Amtrak’s board of directors. Anthony Coscia has been chairman of the Port

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UP, Progress Rail Services testing ultra-clean locomotive

Union Pacific and Progress Rail Services said that the ultra-clean diesel PR30C-LoNOx locomotive being tested in intermediate line haul service has successfully achieved more than 500 operational hours. The locomotive — powered

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New numbers show sharp drop in train accidents

The Federal Railroad Administration’s Office of Safety Analysis released new statistics this week showing across-the-board improvement in U.S. railroad safety. The new figures show that in this year’s first seven months, train accidents

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Wabtec buys Unifin International for $93 million

Wabtec Corp. announced Friday that has further diversified by acquiring Uifin International from Koch Chemical Technology Group LLC for $93 million. Unifin has annual sales of about $45 million from the manufacture of cooling systems

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North Carolina DOT announces $9 million in FRA grants

North Carolina’s Department of Transportation Thursday announced it had been awarded eight Federal Railroad Administration grants of more than $9 million. The funds will be used for track and safety improvements. “These grants

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UP commemorates new Kate Shelley Bridge

Union Pacific Chairman and CEO Jim Young, Iowa Department of Transportation Director Nancy Richardson, and Boone, Iowa, Mayor John Slight Thursday commemorated one of North America’s tallest double-track railroad bridges, the new

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Southeastern flooding erodes rail traffic

The Association of American Railroads reported Thursday that U.S. rail carload traffic for the week ending Sept. 26 felt the impact of severe flooding halted freight shipments in Georgia and Tennessee for three days,

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New Hampshire bows out of HSR funding scramble

Numerous U.S. states, singly or in groups, have jockeyed for a portion of the $8 billion in federal stimulus funds to advance one of 10 proposed high speed rail routes nationwide. Subtract

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Second Seattle streetcar line gets nod

Seattle’s City Council Transportation Committee has given its blessing to a two-mile First Hill streetcar line, to serve Seattle’s Capitol Hill, First Hill, and International District areas and connect to the city’s

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Planned Mexico-U.S. light rail line gets backing

U.S. light rail operations seldom expand beyond a single state; St. Louis Metro’s MetroLink light rail is a prime exception, while TriMet is willing to grow its LRT operations in Portland, Ore.,

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St. Louis Metro seeks long-term plan for expansion

Straddled with budget woes that have put a severe strain onexisting light rail and bus services, St. Louis Metro nonetheless is solicitinginput to develop a long-term plan to expand service reach and

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Operation Lifesaver: Distracted drivers a rail safety factor

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. Tuesday said federal statistics show that inattentive drivers contribute to approximately 3% of all vehicle-train crashes at highway-rail grade crossings. In addition, 20% of grade crossing collisions involve motor

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Gil Carmichael to address Railway Age conference

Former Federal Railroad Administrator Gil Carmichael, who also is the founding Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Intermodal Transportation Institute (ITI) at the University of Denver, will provide closing remarks