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Rodzwicz resigns, Sorrow takes his place

Following his indictment on federal corruption charges, Edward W. Rodzwicz resigned Nov. 13 as National President of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. His replacement is First Vice President Paul T.

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Cubic wins landmark German ticketing contract

Germany’s Rhein Main Services (RMS) has selected Cubic technology for the country’s first large-scale electronic ticketing system. The system will serve a region with a population of more that five million where an estimated 650

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Doublestacks on Donner Pass

Following completion of a 12-month clearance project “designed to move customer products over a shorter, faster, and more efficient route,” Union Pacific’s Donner Pass route is open to doublestack intermodal traffic. Donner

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FRA refuses to prohibit one-person train crews

The Federal Railroad Administration has refused to issue an emergency order banning the use of one-person crews in conventional and remote control yard switching operations, but it pledged to monitor them "very closely."

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CP readies pilot testing of PTC in Alberta

Canadian Pacific is readying a pilot test of Positive Train Control on its right-of-way linking Calgary and Red Deer, in Alberta, next year to test its efficiency in reducing human error as a potential

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DART honored among top 2009 global infrastructure projects

Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s continued, aggressive expansion of light rail transit has been recognized as one of the year’s Top 100 Global Infrastructure Projects, compiled by the Washington, D.C., consulting firm CG/LA Infrastructure

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Buffett borrows $8 billion to help pay for BNSF

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. said in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday that it has arranged an $8 billion loan to help pay for its acquisition of BNSF Railway. Berkshire

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MTA’s new chief warns of deepening crisis

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s new chairman, Jay Walder, warned at an MTA board meeting Wednesday that the agency’s worsening fiscal crisis "demands that we permanently overhaul the way the MTA does

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Class I rail traffic up slightly in latest week

The Association of American Railroads Thursday reported a "slight improvement" in both carload and intermodal traffic on U.S. Class I railroads for the week ended Nov. 14. Rail carloads were up 2.3% from the

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Train crew employment up 1.07% in month

U.S. Class I railroads employed 57,198 transportation (train and engine) workers in mid-October, an increase of 1.07% from September, though still 15.27% below October 2008 numbers. The month-to-month increase in train crew workers was one


Metrolinx, TTC explore 3P approach for three projects

Metrolinx and the Toronto Transit Commission are reaching out to the private sector for possible design-build-finance approaches to advance three rail projects. TTC would operate and maintain the new lines, eschewing half of the “DBOM” (design-build-operate-maintain) approach, but the agency duo still seeks to employ a private-public partnership to expedite construction.


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Florida governor “optimistic” on SunRail service

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Tuesday he’s "hopefully optimistic" state legislators will support the latest effort to establish SunRail passenger rail service. Crist has maintained support for the proposal despite its repeated