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Denver’s FasTracks passes a key milepost

The board of Denver’s Regional Transportation District agreed Tuesday to pay BNSF Railway $144 million for land, relocation, and engineering services to clear the way for FasTracks passenger rail projects. The price includes $102.7

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Amtrak marks creation of high speed department

In a letter addressed to company employees, Amtrak President Joe Boardman announced the creation of a High-Speed Rail Department, to be led by a vice president reporting directly to Boardman himself.  

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Justice seeks new info on Foster-Portec merger

L.B. Foster Co. and Portec Rail Products, Inc. have each received a formal second request for additional “information and documentary material” from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice regarding the Agreement and Plan

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FRA debuts high-tech locomotive simulator

The Federal Railroad Administration’s new Cab Technology Integration Laboratory (CTIL) locomotive simulator “will permit researchers to realistically simulate innumerable conditions and scenarios encountered during railroad operations to help identify safety problems and

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Wabtec lands overhaul contract for Angel trains

Wabtec Corp. said Tuesday its Wabtec Rail subsidiary in Doncaster, England, has been awarded a $26 million contract to overhaul 286 electric multiple-unit (EMU) transit cars for Angel Trains. The project is

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Class I rail employment on a slow climb back

The numbers are small and the percentage improvement is almost infinitesimal, but they both headed in the right direction: up. That’s the Class railroad employment picture that emerges from statistics just posted on the Surface

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Austin’s Cap Metro (finally!) launches MetroRail

Texas’ state capital joined the ranks of U.S. cities with rail service Monday as Austin’s oft-delayed 32-mile Capital Metro Red Line opened for service. An observer on the first train reported approximately 40 “real” people (other than dignitaries and media) boarding the morning’s first train out of Leander, Tex., bound for Austin.

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RMI names Hightower to key new role

RMI, a leading provider of railroad information services based in Jacksonville, Fla., announced Monday that Lester Hightower will assume the role of vice president, RailDOCS Solutions. “In this new role, Lester will assume responsibility

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Senate OKs small-road tax credit extension

The U.S. Senate has passed H.R. 4213, the American Workers, State and Business Relief Act of 2010. The bill includes a one-year extension of the infrastructure investment tax credit for short lines,

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BNSF’s Rose: Another leader who counts

BNSF Railway Chairman, President and CEO Matthew K. Rose (top photo, with Railway Age Publisher Robert P. DeMarco) accepted Railway Age’s Railroader of the Year award before a capacity crowd at Chicago’s

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J.P. Morgan raises rail profit outlook

Citing strengthening traffic, J.P. Morgan analysts in an investor alert Friday raised their 2010 and 2011 profit outlooks for five major U.S. and Canadian railroads—CSX Corp.; Norfolk Southern Corp., Union Pacific Corp., Canadian National Railway,

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Lauby to replace Cothen at FRA

The Federal Railroad Administration has named Robert Lauby Deputy Associate Administrator for Regulatory and Legislative Operations in the Office of Safety, effective March 28, 2010. Lauby, who has more than 30 years

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Arbitrator awards CN engineers wage increases

Canadian National says that an arbitrator’s award released Thursdayprovides three annual pay increases for 1,700 locomotive engineers represented byTeamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC)—a 1.8% wage increaseretroactive to January 1, 2009, 2.4% in 2010, and 2.6% in

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New railcars arrive in Chicago

The Chicago Transit Authority will soon begin an extended test period on the prototype trainset of its new 5000-Series rapid transit cars from Bombardier. In this photo, taken by CTA official Bruce

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Eta Phi Systems lands Amtrak contract

As part of a two-year service agreement, Amtrak has awarded Eta Phi Systems a project to upgrade the Passenger Information Display System (PIDS) on the Capitol and San Joaquin Corridors, Surfliner Service,

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Dahlman Rose: “Solid growth south of the border”

Dahlman Rose & Co. Thursday hosted a roundtable conference call on the Mexico-U.S. supply chain in which executives from Kansas City Southern “shared valuable insight about cross-border and Mexico operations,”according to Director-Equity

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NS CEO tells shareholders of “positive momentum”

In a message to stockholders in the 2009 Annual Report, released Thursday, Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman says the company entered the new year with "positive momentum" and that “while the short-term economic outlook remains

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AAR: Rail traffic up for third consecutive week

The Association of American Railroads reported Thursday that U.S. railroad freight traffic was from a year ago during the week ended March 13, the third consecutive week of year-over-year gains. The 287,837 carloads

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EMD eyes joint venture in Saudi Arabia

Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. announced Thursday that it has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with the Mohawarean Group in Saudi Arabia to form a joint venture, under which EMD would “provide expert service training