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WSDOT awarded up to $37.5 million for Passenger Rail Car Replacement Project  KIRO Seattle

The federal government is helping fund replacements for three older trains on the Amtrak Cascades line after investigators recommended they be pulled from ...

“It Ain't Over 'Till The Fat Lady Sings”  RailwayAge Magazine

A 2007 class-action antitrust suit brought by a large group of rail shippers against four Class I railroads took yet another turn in its 12-year court dance, this one ...

Hemphill Heading Uinta Basin Railway Project  RailwayAge Magazine

Rio Grande Pacific Corp. has named rail industry veteran Mark Hemphill to lead development and construction of the Uinta Basin Railway project, a $1.5 billion ...

CRRC Pushes Back, On Line  RailwayAge Magazine

CRRC MA, the U.S. subsidiary of China Railway Rolling Stock Corp., has launched a website, “Get The Facts,” to counter what it says is its “positive presence in ...

The RSI Education & Technical Training Conference—RTSA  RailwayAge Magazine

The RSI Education & Technical Training Conference at Railway Interchange 2019 “serves to educate attendees on new technologies and trends in the rail ...

Does STB Deserve Court Deference?  RailwayAge Magazine

WATCHING WASHINGTON, AUGUST 2019: The Surface Transportation Board (STB) and other independent regulatory agencies operate as a fourth branch of ...

What Happened to Stop, Look and Listen?  RailwayAge Magazine

The news on July 26, 2019 of the derailment at speed of Amtrak 393 at University Park, Ill., due to a careless truck driver created a PTSD-like reaction for me.

Congress Moves to Ban Chinese-Made Railcars  Next City

And Houstonians will vote on $3 billion worth of transit improvement bonds and more in this week's New Starts.

Railroads, Like the Economy, Need Greater Certainty  RailwayAge Magazine

Editor's Note: RealClear Markets published this editorial by AAR President and CEO Ian Jefferies on Aug. 1. With mixed economic signals coming from ...

Commuter Rail Coalition Testifies Before Congress  RailwayAge Magazine

Commuter Rail Coalition chair and Metra CEO Jim Derwinski recently testified before the Senate Commerce Committee, where he requested a new grant ...

RailWorks Hosts Congresswoman Craig  RailwayAge Magazine

Congresswoman Angie Craig (D-Minn.) joined the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) and RailWorks Corporation at the latter's ...

Proposed ban on buying Chinese buses, rail cars could curtail job growth at Southeast Side factory  Chicago Tribune

A proposed ban on buying Chinese buses and rail cars in the U.S. would limit the chances for new jobs at a South Side factory.

Clickbait Journalism at The New York Times  RailwayAge Magazine

FINANCIAL EDGE, AUGUST 2019: With a 100-plus-degree F temperature and/or heat index blanket covering half the U.S., the summer doldrums are fully upon ...

NS Promotes Allen Sutherland, Farrell  RailwayAge Magazine

Norfolk Southern on Aug. 14 announced promotions for two senior-level managers, effective Aug. 16: Vanessa Allen Sutherland and Michael Farrell.

Alexy named FRA chief safety officer  RailwayAge Magazine

Karl Alexy has been named the Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety and Chief Safety Officer of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). He was most ...

Commentary: The complexity of owning or leasing freight cars  FreightWaves

Jim Blaze writes about the pros and cons of shippers owning or leasing their own freight railcars to move their products.

Rail News - USDOT should consider small railroads when making new rules, ASLRRA says. For Railroad Career Professionals  Progressive Rail Roading

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) should consider the small business perspective when proposing new regulations, American Short Line and ...

Two DOT INFRA Grants Earmarked for Rail  RailwayAge Magazine

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed $856 million in grants through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant ...

NJT board adopts $3B+ FY2020 operating, capital budgets  RailwayAge Magazine

The New Jersey Transit (NJT) Board of Directors recently announced that it has adopted a Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 2020) operating budget of $2.39 billion and a ...

US Congress Set to Ban $10 Billion China Railcar Sales  The Epoch Times

China's CRRC railcar manufacturer finished its best year in 2018, but Congress may ban $10 billion of U.S. sales over state-sponsored subsidy and national ...

Queensland government commits to Gold Coast Light rail extension  International Railway Journal

Queensland has committed $A 351m ($US 238m) in funding for the next stage of the Gold Coast Light Rail network (G:link) and has called on the federal ...

US Representatives Defazio and Malinowski want answers on LNG transport by rail tank car  Railway Track & Structures

TransportationToday reported yesterday that Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR), along with Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) has contacted the Pipeline and ...

ÖBB to trial hydrogen trains  International Railway Journal

AUSTRIAN Federal Railways (ÖBB) has published a tender for a 12-month hire contract for two hydrogen fuel cell multiple units. {"rendered":"OBB-Cityjjet-blur"}.

Ban on China transit purchases could hit Albany port  Times Union

Albany. With the Congress moving toward a ban on spending federal funds on Chinese buses and rail cars, the Port of Albany is facing a potential loss of ...

Greenbrier Completes Acquisition of Manufacturing Business of American Railcar Industries  PRNewswire

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., July 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (NYSE: GBX) today announced it completed its acquisition of the ...

Congress Moves Toward Ban on Buying Chinese Buses, Railcars Over Spy Fears  The Wall Street Journal

China's push to gain a bigger foothold in U.S. public-transit systems could face hurdles in Congress, as lawmakers move toward a ban on use of federal funds to ...

Greenbrier Releases Inaugural Environmental, Social and Governance Report  Yahoo Finance

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., Aug. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (GBX) today announced the release of its inaugural Environmental, ...

Work to resume on Rastatt Tunnel  International Railway Journal

GERMAN infrastructure manager DB Networks has announced that construction to complete the rail tunnel under the town of Rastatt will recommence in 2020.

New NCTA director plans to expand focus to commodities aligned with coal sector  S&P Global

... ➤ National Coal Transportation Association to expand focus to the transport of other commodities used by coal-fired utilities. ➤ U.S. Surface Transportation ...

ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS: AAR Statement on Senate EPW Vote on Surface Transportation Bill  TI News Daily

Ian Jefferies, President and CEO of the Association of American Railroads (AAR), issued the following statement in response to the Senate Environment and ...

The YIMBY Group That Is Suing Small Cities  Next City

Last month, in San Bruno, California, a city of 43,000 people just to the south of San Francisco, another housing proposal hit the skids. The project is called Mills ...

States seek to overturn federal directive on freight train crew size  FreightWaves

The states of Illinois, Nevada and Washington are seeking to push ahead with state laws requiring a train crew size of at least two individuals, despite a federal ...

House transportation committee presses PHMSA for more information on LNG transport by rail  Transportation Today

Concerned about a potentially rushed process to allow liquefied natural gas (LNG) to be transported by rail in the face of safety risks, U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio ...

Greyhound riders are being asked for immigration papers in South Florida  Tampa Bay Times

Federal immigration agents are beefing up their efforts to apprehend undocumented immigrants in South Florida as part of a nationwide effort to “keep ...

Virgin plastic pellets are the biggest pollution disaster you’ve never heard of  Yahoo Finance

When completed, Royal Dutch Shell's newest plant in Pittsburgh will produce millions of tons of plastic.

Business People: Ecolab, 3M announce deals; Merrill to relocate  St. Paul Pioneer Press

St. Paul-based water, hygiene and energy technologies and services company Ecolab said it has acquired the business of privately held Chemstar Corp., ...

FRA cancels crew-size NPRM  RailwayAge Magazine

Citing that “no regulation of train crew staffing is necessary or appropriate for railroad operations to be conducted safely at this time,” the Federal Railroad ...

Rail labor may rue its crew-size strategy  RailwayAge Magazine

News item: The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced May 23 that it is cancelling an April 2014 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to ...

Federal transit support turns 55  RailwayAge Magazine

Many remember the late President Lyndon B. Johnson for succeeding President John F. Kennedy after his assassination in Dallas, Tex., on Nov. 22, 1963.

Rethinking grade crossing warning devices  RailwayAge Magazine

Four years ago, I lost my wife at a railroad crossing in the New York City suburbs. This catastrophe led to the loss of five other lives, and caused millions in ...

Amtrak Bullying Now Targets SEPTA  RailwayAge Magazine

WATCHING WASHINGTON, JUNE 2019 - Here we go again with Amtrak. While complaining that host freight railroads unreasonably impair its legal right to ...

nurdles are a huge micro plastic pollution disaster you may have never heard of  Designboom

it is estimated that over half of the plastic in our oceans are lentil-sized pellets, also know as nurdles, that leak directly from factories to waterways.

The march to one-person crews continues  RailwayAge Magazine

If one looks at recent developments, the Federal Railroad Administration's withdrawal of the two-person-crew-minimum NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking), ...

NA Proactive news snapshot: Cabral Gold, Medallion Resources, TruTrace Technologies, True Leaf Brands...  Proactive Investors UK

Cabral Gold Inc (CVE:CBR) (OTCMKTS:CBGZF) said the TSX Venture Exchange had accepted for filing documentation concerning a non-brokered private ...

SCOTUS to AAR: No writ of certiorari  RailwayAge Magazine

In the latest twist of an ongoing saga now in its 11th year, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has denied an Association of American Railroads ...

What the government shutdown means for rail  RailwayAge Magazine

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New Congress, New Faces, New Challenges  RailwayAge Magazine

LEGISLATIVE REPORT, APRIL 2019 - Knock, knock. Who's there? If at the door are those laboring in official Washington, the answer is, “many new faces”—new ...

FRA doles out more than $326 million in grants  RailwayAge Magazine

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently announced that 45 projects in 29 states will benefit from $326 million-plus in grant money under the ...

Rail News - House lawmakers introduce bill to protect US rail-car manufacturers. For Railroad Career Professionals  Progressive Rail Roading

A bipartisan group of lawmakers this week introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would prevent federal transit funds from being issued by ...

Insight Terminal Solutions Oakland Bulk And Oversized Terminal Project Update For August 20, 2019  Oakland News Now

Oakland - Insight Terminal Solutions has issued yet another update on the progress of its Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal Project. But, first, what is.

Railway Age's 2019 10 Under 40  RailwayAge Magazine

One of the North American railway industry's most valuable assets is the vast amount of institutional knowledge held by its people. Railroading, freight or ...

Can You Buy Your Own Train? Here's What It Takes  CityLab

If you dream of roaming the U.S. in a your own personal train car, you still can. But Amtrak cuts have railcar owners wondering if their days are numbered.

FTA awards $300MM to three transit projects  RailwayAge Magazine

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced a total of $300 million in federal funding—provided via its Capital Investment Grants (CIG) ...

White Paper: How Amtrak Can Best-Serve the Nation's Mobility Needs.  RailwayAge Magazine

As Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, approaches its golden anniversary in 2021, it is quite apparent that it has squandered opportunities to ...

Federal lawmakers to scrutinize Chinese-owned rail car maker  Boston Business Journal

This article first appeared on MassLive.com. Chinese-owned CRRC MA has been lauded for creating 158 jobs here as it builds Orange Line subway cars for the ...

Medical fitness-for-duty standards: Where are they?  RailwayAge Magazine

“According to the BNSF employment records for the 52-year old male striking train engineer, a pre-employment physical examination and health questionnaire ...

Whither (wither) high-speed rail?  RailwayAge Magazine

By now, everybody in the rail management and advocacy communities, along with much of the general public, knows what happened to California's high-speed ...

NS petitions FRA for brake test training waiver; unions push back  RailwayAge Magazine

Norfolk Southern has filed a petition with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for a waiver of compliance from certain provisions of federal railroad safety ...

U.S. Senate's top Democrat calls for probe of CTA's Chinese rail car supplier  Chicago Tribune

The Senate's top Democrat is calling on the federal government to step in and investigate whether a plan for new subway cars in New York City designed by a ...

The Amtrak era is over. It's time for a replacement  RailwayAge Magazine

Railway Age editor William C. Vantuono wondered recently what exactly Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson is trying to accomplish by truncating long-distance ...

House Passes Defense Bill Carrying Chinese Transit Railcar Ban  Eno Transportation Weekly

July 12, 2019. Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed a $733 billion Pentagon authorization bill (H.R. 2500) that includes a provision banning the ...

Part 3 of 6: Is This Tunnel Really Necessary?  RailwayAge Magazine

Ever since Hurricane Sandy devastated the New York and New Jersey region in October 2012, the tunnels under the Hudson River between New Jersey and ...

Joe Boardman, Dec. 23, 1948 – March 7, 2019  RailwayAge Magazine

Joseph H. Boardman, former Amtrak President and CEO and Federal Railroad Administrator, and Railway Age's 2014 Railroader of the Year, died March 7, ...

Study: Converting historic Bismarck-Mandan Rail Bridge feasible but would be expensive  Bismarck Tribune

North Dakota State University landscape architecture professors say converting the Bismarck-Mandan Rail Bridge into a pedestrian bridge is achievable.

KENNEDY for SENATE draft — Fall RIver FLARE-UP — GREEN LINE extension sparks worry  Politico

GOOD MORNING, MASSACHUSETTS. GROUP PUSHING KENNEDY TO RUN FOR SENATE — Inspired by a recent telephone poll testing Rep. Joe Kennedy ...

Rail News - Schumer calls on feds to investigate Chinese rail-car manufacturer. For Railroad Career Professionals  Progressive Rail Roading

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on the U.S. Department Commerce to investigate whether a Chinese rail-car manufacturer that has obtained ...

National Railcar Organization Visits Chehalis Train Depot  Centralia Chronicle

A member of the North American Railcar Operators Association drives a 'speeder' on Thursday down the track at the Chehalis Train Depot.

FRA reports “significant progress” on PTC  RailwayAge Magazine

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) First Quarter 2019 Positive Train Control Progress Report shows “significant progress” toward full implementation on ...

China’s state-owned rail-car builder looks close to bidding on Metro contract; also eyeing N.Y. subway work  Washington Post

China's state-owned rail-car manufacturer has shown increased interest in building Metro's next-generation rail cars, a development that could put the transit ...

California HSR: Seven Deadly Mistakes  RailwayAge Magazine

“Real high-speed rail might still make sense in the U.S. in the densely populated Northeast Corridor and among certain high-population city-pairs elsewhere in ...

Ohio measure would require two-person crews  RailwayAge Magazine

Written by Bill Wilson, Engineering Editor; and Editor-in-Chief, Railway Track & Structures. facebook. twitter. linkedin. email. print. image description. Ohio state ...

FRA pulls funding plug on California HSR  RailwayAge Magazine

For all intents and purposes, California's high-speed rail project is dead. At least that's the consensus among several observers of the U.S. high-speed rail scene ...

FRA NPRM Aligns Engineer, Conductor Certification  RailwayAge Magazine

The Federal Railroad Administration recently announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to update the regulation that governs locomotive engineer ...

NTSB: Inadequate planning, training caused Amtrak 501 wreck  RailwayAge Magazine

Failure to provide an effective mitigation method for a hazardous curve and inadequate training of a locomotive engineer is what led to the derailment of an ...

Push the envelope with autonomous freight trains?  RailwayAge Magazine

According to the most recent earnings reports, North American Class I railroads are producing record-low operating ratios and posting record-setting earnings.

CIT to Acquire Mutual of Omaha Bank  Yahoo Finance

Enhances and diversifies CIT's funding profile with Mutual of Omaha Bank's market-leading homeowners association banking business, a source of scalable ...

Crunican to FTA: Stop stalling  RailwayAge Magazine

As she nears retirement, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) General Manager Grace Crunican is renewing a call for action to the Federal Transit Administration ...

FTA stymies Gateway tunnels with “medium-low” rating  RailwayAge Magazine

The $13 billion Hudson River tunnel project, aimed at building two new rail tunnels between New York and New Jersey, is again facing funding problems after ...

$7 million federal grant will help update MacArthur Bridge  St. Louis Business Journal

The Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis won a $7.17 million federal grant toward replacing a truss on the west approach to the MacArthur Bridge that runs ...

UPDATE: Washington's Merry-Go-Round on “Stop”  RailwayAge Magazine

UPDATE: “Knock, knock.” Seriously, if you're awaiting a “Who's there?” response from many railroad-important federal agencies, you ain't gonna get one, ...

Eagle Railcar national expansion good for Washington | Local News  Washington Times Herald

More jobs will be coming to a Washington operation as a result of a major national expansion. Eagle Railcar, which operates the rail shop on the west side of ...

At Amtrak, it's no longer 1950  RailwayAge Magazine

WATCHING WASHINGTON, MARCH 2019 – Amtrak seemingly operates in the shadow of a Bat Signal over Gotham—that specially modified searchlight ...

LRT expansion under way in Ottawa, Edmonton  RailwayAge Magazine

Ottawa (Ontario) City Council, in a landmark 19-3 vote, has approved Stage 2 of the city's Confederation Line LRT project, as well as a crucial extension to the ...

Proposition 105: A Light Rail Fact Check For Phoenix Voters  KJZZ

STEVE GOLDSTEIN: Groups for and against light rail and Phoenix are pushing their messages extra hard. Early voting is already underway for an Aug.

Brennan joins FTA as Chief Counsel  RailwayAge Magazine

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced on April 8 that John J. Brennan III is set to join the DOT agency as Chief Counsel. For the past 11 years, ...

IFR Snapshot-Six IG deals offered in primary  International Financing Review

US stocks point upwards on Monday as the market continues to replace losses with gains, and yield starved foreign investors eagerly pursue US corporate debt.

First thing we do is file all the liens  RailwayAge Magazine

Financial Edge, February 2019: One danger of writing for a monthly periodical is that high-profile situations (say the shutdown of the federal government) might ...

Sports world takes step to protect athletes, but more work needed  Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Sports world takes step to protect athletes, but work still necessary - In the wake of child sex abuse scandals in the sports of gymnastics and swimming, and with ...

Senators to Metro: No more federal funding if you buy Chinese rail cars  Washington Post

Congress would approve 10 more years of critical federal funding for Metro, but only if the transit agency agreed to not buy its next generation of rail cars from ...

Rail News - Sens. Baldwin, Cornyn draft bill to protect US rail-car manufacturing. For Railroad Career Professionals  Progressive Rail Roading

Railroad industry news about: Transit Infrastructure Vehicle Security Act, rail vehicles, John Cornyn, Tammy Baldwin, cybersecurity. From the editors of ...

Groundwork completed for NEC Portal North Bridge  RailwayAge Magazine

New Jersey Transit, with support from Amtrak, the Gateway Program Development Corporation (GDC) and federal partners, has completed preliminary ...

Chinese Rail Cars Spark Concern Over Cybersecurity  Government Technology

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has introduced legislation that would prevent transit agencies from using federal funding for rail-car contracts with companies ...

FTA, states strengthen SSO Programs; WMATA oversight transferred  RailwayAge Magazine

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced March 18 that it has partnered with the requisite 30 states to strengthen and certify 31 State Safety ...

Federal Railroad Administration nixes proposed crew size mandate  FreightWaves

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has stopped the rulemaking process to create a mandate for two-person freight train crews. The FRA said on May 23 ...

FRA morale tops among rail agencies  RailwayAge Magazine

Some in the federal work force may say, “Take this job and shove it,” but not so at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), where job satisfaction for 2018 was ...

Improving railroad cyber-threat resilience  RailwayAge Magazine

Railroads are a critical component of America's transportation infrastructure, and have been making significant investments in advanced networked computer ...

America without Greyhound—and no replacement passenger trains  RailwayAge Magazine

We are not usually concerned with buses at Railway Age, but what would happen if Greyhound buses suddenly disappeared from American roads, and Amtrak ...

Part 2 of 6: Politicians Wrangle as Costs Climb  RailwayAge Magazine

The original Access to the Region's Core (ARC) Project started with a semblance of consensus but ended its 15-year life in controversy. Its replacement ...

FTA announces $60.76M grant for DART light rail  RailwayAge Magazine

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced a $60.76 million grant agreement with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) for construction of the ...

Record grain throughput sets past grain year apart  Western Producer

Western Canada's agricultural supply chain appears to be moving more grain and doing it more quickly and efficiently than ever, based on year-ending.