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Nomad Digital honored for Dubai Metro WiFi work

Britain’s Nomad Digital says it has won the Railway Interiors Expo Award for Passenger Service Innovation of the Year for its work in providing WiFi capabilities to the Dubai Metro. Nomad’s system

Austin adds streetcars to rail wish list

Texas’ capital city, awaiting regional rail service delayed by at least one year, is nonetheless evaluating possible streetcar alternatives. Austin’s City Council Thursday approved $1 million to complete a preliminary engineering study for a streetcar operation designed to connect some of the city’s key business districts.

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LACMTA approves LRT for South LA

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority late Thursday approved plans for an 8.5-mile light rail line, running roughly north-south, dubbed the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project. LACMTA cited input from numerous community leaders

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Western high speed rail alliance formed

Five regional planning organizations Thursday announced the formation of the Western High Speed Rail Alliance (WHSRA). The alliance envisions a Denver-to-Los Angeles corridor with regional hubs in Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Phoenix

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UP marks milestone for Pipeline Express Service

Union Pacific says its Pipeline Express service has reached a milestone by delivering its 25,000th rail car of customerproduct since being formed in 2005. Pipeline Express serves the steel pipeline industry for

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Railroad ton-miles down 4.8% from last year

The Association of American Railroads reported Thursday that traffic volume on U.S. railroads for the week ending Dec. 5 added up to an estimated 31.8 billion ton-miles, down 4.8% from the same week last

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Hiawatha Line adds final station, plans Saturday debut

Minneapolis’ Metropolitan Council will open the America Boulevard Station (at 34th Avenue) to Hiawatha Line light rail riders Saturday, after dedicating the station Wednesday, one month ahead of deadline. The new stop

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Union Pacific reconfigures executive team

Four key executives at Union Pacific will be taking on new assignments as of Jan. 1, 2010. • Dennis J. Duffy (top), currently executive vice president-Operations, will become vice chairman-Operation, remaining as

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Florida legislature approves landmark rail bill

In a special session devoted to passenger rail matters, Florida legislators have approved a far-ranging statewide passenger rail program. The state Senate approved the measure 27-10 late Tuesday after a labor protection

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Amtrak upgrading West Coast passenger info systems

Amtrak has awarded a software maintenance contract to Eta Phi Systems, Inc. for a legacy Automatic Vehicle Location and Passenger Information Display System (PIDS) used on the Capitol Corridor (Auburn-Sacramento-Oakland/San Francisco-San Jose),

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Toronto OKs capital budget heavy on public transit

The Toronto City Council Tuesday adopted a C$2.5 billion (US$2.4 billion) capital budget for 2011, 55% (about US$1.49 billion) which is targeted at acquiring buses, subway cars, and light rail vehicles  for

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Rail bill clears Florida House; Senate fight looms

A passenger rail package that passed the Florida House on Monday would create a new regional rail system for Central Florida (SunRail), provide annual funding for for the existing Tri-Rail system serving southeastern Florida,

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New York MTA faces “shocking” new tax shortfall

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has learned that revenue from a new payroll tax for transit will run about $200 million short of expectations, a development that MTA’s chief financial officer, Gary Dellaverson, called

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Amtrak notches stellar Thanksgiving ridership

Amtrak says its ridership during the Thanksgiving Day week this year set an “all-time record,” with ridership up 4%  compared with the comparable period in 2008; ticket revenue rose 1% compared with

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REMSA undergoing significant restructuring

In preparation for Railway Interchange 2011, the consolidated show that will be a joint effort involving four of the industry’s principal trade associations, REMSA (Railway Engineering Maintenance Suppliers Association) is undergoing a

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PATH capital budget for 2010: $356.9 million

The Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rail system will get $356.9 million for new rolling stock, a new signal system, and other improvements under a preliminary capital spending program announced by the Port Authority of New York

FTC clears BNSF takeover; Berkshire plans stock split

The Federal Trade Commission has given Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. antitrust approval for its planned takeover of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp.,operator of BNSF Railway. The approval, which was expected, appeared Mondayin a list of antitrust clearances routinely issued by the FTC.