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UATP cardholders add Amtrak access

Washington, D.C.-based Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc. (UATP) has added Amtrak as a corporate partner, allowing corporate card holders to make Amtrak purchases at all points of sale with their UATP cards.

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FTA OKs TriMet preliminary engineering for Orange Line

Portland, Ore.’s TriMet will proceed with preliminary engineering for its sixth light rail line, this one to Milwaukie, Ore., with approval from the Federal Transit Administration. FTA’s approval allows TriMet to proceed

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Trainyard Tech acquires GE’s PROYARD™

Trainyard Tech, LLC has signed an agreement with General Electric Transportation Systems Global Signaling to acquire GE’s PROYARD™ product line. The agreement was signed March 26; transfer of technology and business will

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Global Railway Industries revenue rises in 4Q, 2008

London, Ontario-based Global Railway Industries, Ltd. says its revenue increased 68% to C$61.8 million (US$49 million), for fiscal year 2008 compared with year-earlier totals, while fourth-quarter revenue rose 59% to C$16.6 million

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Analyst: Fewer amber trains of grain

A reduction in acres of grain planted is “not helpful for rail volumes” since today’s plantings will determine carloadings for fourth-quarter 2009 through second-quarter 2010, according to Morgan Stanley & Co. analysts

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ASLRRA President’s Awards, Jake Awards announced

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has recognized seven railroads with its President’s Award, honoring companies “that truly achieved exemplary safety accomplishments, both for the year and over extended

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Rail fatalities down 13.5% in January

New safety statistics posted on the Federal Railroad Administration’s website Wednesday show that railroad fatalities declined 13.5% to a total of 45 in January compared with January 2008. Trespasser fatalities were down 15.4% to 22

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CP sells major stake in Detroit River Tunnel

Canadian Pacific Railway will receive $C110 million (US$86.9 million), plus additional proceeds of $C22 million based on future freight volume, in a transaction that will see Borealis Infrastructure acquire a majority interest in the Detroit

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Palo Alto challenges California HSR plan

Palo Alto, Calif., is hiring legal counsel to object to plans by the California High Speed Rail Authority to route trains along Caltrain right-of-way. The city council claims the authority’s 2008 environmental

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CN names four to Operations leadership slots

Canadian National Tuesday announced the appointment of four executives to leadership positions in operations, effective immediately. CN said Gordon Trafton (pictured), senior vice-president, Southern Region, is now senior vice-president, Strategic Acquisitions and

Merger planned for GO Transit, Metrolinx

Ontario provincial leaders have introduced legislation to merge GO Transit, the transit system serving metropolitan Toronto, with Metrolinx, the regional planning agency charged with growing public transit in the Greater Toronto Area.

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Rail-shipper accord reported on “re-reg”

Washington sources said Monday that railroads and shippers are expected reach agreement on so-called "re-reg" legislation within about two weeks following intense and highly confidential negotiations involving all the key players: carriers, "captive shippers," legislators

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Analyst sees second-half switch for rails

Goldman Sachs analyst David Feinberg advised clients in aresearch note that he expects railroads to experience a turnaroundbeginning in this year’s secondhalf, though he now believes their loss of volume during the year will be as

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Alton & Southern expands RailComm DOC system

Alton & Southern Railway Co. has expanded its existing RailComm Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) System by adding 14 remotely controlled power switch machines at the Bowl and Crest sections of its yard.

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Railway writer Fred Houser dies at 84

Frederick N. Houser, Jr., a distinguished railway technical writer who worked for Railway Age (as an associate editor) and Railway Locomotives & Cars (as editor) from 1955 to 1974, died March 26, in Stoneboro, Pa. In addition

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LA weighs direct link for Blue, Gold lines

Los Angeles is seeking public input, beginning Monday, to consider a proposal to connect its Blue and Gold light rail lines through downtown. At present, each line terminates at a station on

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New push for New York freight tunnel

Veteran New York City Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler (pictured), a longtime advocate of a freight tunnel under New York Harbor, will be joined by a newly minted Democratic Congressman from Connecticut, Jim Hines, in