Bombardier lands ERTMS contract in Poland

Bombardier Transportation capped a busy corporate news week Friday by announcing a contract to implement European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Level 2 technology in Poland. The company says the deal with


RailPros expands office presence, staff

RailPros, Inc. says it has opened an office in downtown SanDiego “to better serve our San Diego-area clients.” The office is located at401 B Street, Suite 310, San Diego, CA 92101; telephone:

Moorman: “The stage is set for a good 2010”

Norfolk Southern Chief Executive Officer Wick Moorman told shareholders at their annual meeting in Williamsburg, Va., Thursday that the “longer-term prospects for Norfolk Southern and the rail industry remain very bright.” He

U.S. freight traffic continues to rebound

U.S. carload freight traffic rose 14.7% during the week ended May 8, 2010, compared with the comparable week in 2009, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, marking the 11th consecutive week


Genesee & Wyoming volume up 16% in April

Genesee & Wyoming (GWI) railroads racked up April volume of 72,023 carloads, an increase of 9,979 carloads, or 16.1%, compared with April 2009. GWI said metals traffic grew by 3,557 carloads primarily due to

Toronto taps Bombardier for more subway cars

The Toronto Transit Commission has exercised options to buy 186 subway cars—31 six-car trainsets—valued at approximately C$390 million (US$378 million) from Bombardier Transportation. The cars are scheduled to be delivered between 2012 and 2013. The

Cincinnati City Council backs streetcar plan

The Cincinnati City Council, in a 6-2 vote Wednesday, approved a $64 million bond measure to generate local funds for a $128 million streetcar project, following the recommendation made Monday by a finance committee

Tampa area weighs two LRT route options

A final public hearing takes place Thursday night on a proposed one-cent sales tax referendum before Hillsborough County (Fla.) commissioners decide whether to advance plans for light rail transit in Tampa. The


OneRail calls for passenger, freight balance

As federal investment in rail ramps up, and as the SAFETEA-LU omnibus transportation funding bill comes up for renewal, the OneRail Coalition, a diverse collection of interests representing freight and passenger rail,

RailAmerica traffic up 10.7% in April

RailAmerica, Inc. says its 40 short lines and regional railroads carried 73,136 carloads of freight in April, up 10.7% from April 2009. These results exclude the discontinued Ottawa Valley Railway operation. The

CN advances carbon offset plan

Canadian National said Wednesday it has pioneered a modal shift protocol that will create new carbon offset project opportunities for British Columbia’s transportation sector. CN President and Chief Executive Officer Claude Mongeau said

New Railinc website offers equipment data in single report

Railinc Corp. announced Wednesday that it has launched a Railinc TrainFaxTM website that now delivers current rail equipment information in a single report designed for equipment owners, lessees, investors, insurers, inspectors, and other professionals conducting asset-related research.

Bombardier lands Pakistan signaling contract

Bombardier Transportation said Wednesday that it, in consortium with China Railway Signal & Communication Corp. (CRSC), has won two further orders from Pakistan Railways (PR) to install INTERFLO 200 mainline signaling on connecting

Salient Systems expands Asian presence

Li Rose Cheng, a Senior System Software Engineer at Portec Rail Products Inc. subsidiary Salient Systems Inc. since 1997, has been promoted to Vice President, Business Development-Asia, with responsibility for all facets

BNSF leads large railroads in rate of return

A report posted Tuesday by the Surface Transportation Board shows that BNSF led the “Big Four” Class I railroads in rate of return for the 12 months ended March 1. BNSF posted an ROI

Gunderson to appeal Portland’s River Plan

Gunderson LLC, a unit of The Greenbrier Cos., said Monday it will appeal a plan adopted by Portland, Ore., to protect the Willamette River, claiming the plan inflicts economic hardship on businesses

Cincinnati committee OKs streetcar funds

Cincinnati’s City Council Finance Committee Monday voted to borrow $64 million to begin building a streetcar line, paving the way for a vote by the full City Council, expected to occur Wednesday. The

FRA seeks input on HSR track, vehicle standards

The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend two existing rules, “Track Safety Standards” and “Passenger Equipment Safety Standards,” specifically, those sections applicable to high speed

Amtrak pilot program tests beef-based biofuel

Amtrak has launched a biofuel pilot program on its Heartland Flyer, linking Fort Worth, Tex., and Oklahoma City, adding beef-based components to diesel fuel. Amtrak is conducting a 12-month test, supported by