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Disputed UTU merger ordered implemented

An arbitrator has ruled that a merger of the United Transportation Union and the Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA)—now viewed by many as a takeover of the UTU—be implemented at the

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Suppliers vie for SEPTA smart card contract

Three companies seek to land a contract later this month from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to implement a contactless fare payments system. The system, estimated by SEPTA to cost $100

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Canada feds seek to improve rail safety

Canada Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Denis Lebel has re-introduced legislative amendments to improve railway safety nationwide. The move follows Canada’s Economic Action Plan, under which the federal government committed C$44

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NJT opens new Plauderville Station

New Jersey Transit Monday activated its new Plauderville Station in Garfield, N.J., served by NJT’s Bergen County Line. The new station is “fully accessible to customers with disabilities and provides more convenient

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Grenada Railway seeks to close 81-mile line

Grenada Railway’s petition to abandon 81.3 miles of line in six Mississippi counties, announced Friday by the Surface Transportation Board, has drawn strong local opposition. The Mississippi Transportation Commission, requesting an oral

New York No. 7 line readies for CBTC work

MTA New York City Transit has announced it will suspend weekend service this fall between Queensboro Plaza (Queens) and Times Square (Manhattan) to begin installation of communications-based train control (CBTC).

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FTA OKs San Diego LRT extension

The Federal Transit Administration has approved San Diego’s proposed extension of its Mid-Coast Corridor Transit light rail line, running from the city’s Old Town Transit center to the University of California-San Diego

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Pro-rail group sues over Princeton

Pro-rail citizens in Princeton, N.J., and nearby towns have filed a lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court to block any truncation or elimination of New Jersey Transit’s Princeton Branch rail service (or

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Whitmore Group hires David Schaer

The Whitmore Group, creator of component protection technology, said it has hired industry veteran David Schaer for the new role of director of marketing. Schaer will direct marketing communications initiatives for its

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Bombardier APM opens at Sacramento Airport

Bombardier Transportation announced Thursday the official opening of the new Bombardier INNOVIA APM 100 automated people mover system at the Sacramento International Airport. The dual-lane system is the primary passenger connector for

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Rail traffic inching back toward record levels

The Association of American Railroads Thursday reported gains for September rail traffic compared with the same month last year, with U.S. railroads originating 1,195,671 carloads, up 1.1%, and 949,606 trailers and containers,

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Buffett sees no falloff in recovery

How does the immediate future look to Berksire Hathaway’s Warrn Buffett? Hetold Fortune Magazine‘s Most Powerful Women Summit on Tuesday: "I reallythought in August or September with all the turmoil in the

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Detroit-Chicago corridor gets $196.5 million

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced a grant of $196.5million to the Michigan Department of Transportation for track andsignal improvements between Detroit and Kalamazoo, Mich. These improvementswill allow for speeds up

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Railway Interchange 2011 tops 9,000

The Railway Supply Institute has released the official attendance figures for Railway Interchange 2011, and they “exceeded all the hosts’ expectations, hitting 9,000.” Said RSI in a statement, “Anyone walking the show

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APTA: public transit grows to $55 billion industry

With the backdrop of the world’s largest showcase for the public transportation industry, the American Public Transportation Association’s EXPO 2011, the association released an updated report making the case for investment in

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Railroad cost of capital rises to 11.01%

The Surface Transportation Board today announced its decision calculating the railroad industry’s cost of capital for 2010. In Railroad Cost of Capital—2010, Docket No. EP 558 (Sub-No. 14), the board found that

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Bombardier wins APTA Grand Prize Award

Bombardier Transportation has won a Grand Prize Award in the American Public Transportation Association 2011 Annual AdWheel Award competition for the promotion of its BOMBARDIER PrimoveCity solution. As described by Bombardier: "The

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U.S. rail accidents/incidents continue to decline

In this year’s first seven months, 743 large and small U.S. railroads reported 6,229 accidents and incidents, down 7.3% from the same period in 2010, according to the Federal Railroad Administration’s Office

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Ubisense offers yard productivity tool

Ubisense is introducing to the American market a real-time location system, Transit Yard Manager for Rails (TYM), which it says improves rail yard efficiencies and productivity. TYM for Rails provides rail operators