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STB approves settlement between DuPont, CSX

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has approved a request from Wilmington, Del.-based chemical shipper E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. (DuPont) to withdraw its November 2008 rate case complaint against CSX

Minnesota rail plan foresees HSR, freight reroute

Add Rochester, Minn., officials to the list of those seeking federal stimulus funding to advance high speed rail plans and, in the process, possibly reroute freight rail traffic. The plan is supported

Austin, Tex.’s Cap Metro remains stuck in neutral

Now almost six months behind its original opening debut in December, and two months after a revised launch in late March, Austin, Tex.’s 32-mile diesel multiple-unit (DMU) system still is struggling to

Rail route selected for New Jersey’s Gloucester County

New Jersey Tuesday announced plans to restore passenger rail service along an existing rail right-of-way traversing Gloucester County, southeast of Philadelphia. The announcement was made in Woodbury, N.J., the county seat, which

GE announces plans for New York battery plant

General Electric Co. Tuesday said it will open a new, state-of-the-art battery manufacturing plant in New York State’s Capital Region to serve as the main manufacturing facility for GE’s newly formed battery

Ansaldo STS USA lands WMATA contract

Ansaldo STS USA said Monday it has signed an $11.8 million contract with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to replace an existing interlocking at the authority’s Silver Spring, Md., station. The interlocking upgrade is the first step by WMATA to refurbish its existing system with a seamless transfer, hot standby MicroLok® II interlocking controller.

U.S. carload traffic trails 2008 by 22.4%

“Sharply down” is a recurring phrase in the weekly traffic reports of the Association of American Railroads. The latest report, for the week ended April 3, shows carload traffic down 22.4% from

Alstom lands CBTC contract in Toronto

The Toronto Transit Commission has awarded Alstom Transport a C$50 million (US$42.5 million) contract for an overlay CBTC (communications-based train control) system with ATC (automatic train control) on the 19-mile Yonge University

Amtrak offers recommendation for Ohio “3C Corridor”

Amtrak has made its recommendation for optimal restoration of passenger rail service linking Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, including a preferred route for such “3C” service—something the Buckeye State has considered, and spurned,

Parsons lands Houston light rail DBOM contract

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO), Houston, Tex., has awarded a multi-phase DBOM (design-build-operate-maintain) contract worth $1.46 billion to Parsons for a significant expansion of its light rail system.  METRO’s

R.J. Corman buys Railpower assets

Nicholasville, Ky.-based R.J. Corman Railroad Group LLC is acquiring most of the assets of Brossard, Que.-based locomotive manufacturer Railpower Technologies Corp. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Railpower, which has

U.S. freight traffic still struggling

U.S. carload freight traffic for the week ended April 25 remained lower than the comparable week one year ago, down 22.4%, according to the Association of American Railroads. AAR noted traffic rose

Train accidents decline along with traffic

Along with a sharp drop in railroad traffic came a corresponding decline in accidents and incidents in this year’s first two months. Preliminary statistics posted Friday by the Federal Railroad Administration’s Office of

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KCS reports a loss for its first quarter

Kansas City Southern Thursday reported it lost $7.5 million, or 8 cents per share, in its first quarter, hurt by declining volume, declining fuel surcharge revenue, and $11 million in nonrecurring charges.

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KCSM now serves Toluca

Kansas City Southern is adding intermodal rail service to Puerta México, a new multi-modal facility in Toluca, México. Operated by Ports America, Puerta México is located on KCS’ International Intermodal Corridor and