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FreightCar America, Inc. Announces Steve Cianci as Senior Vice President, Railcar Sales and Marketing  GlobeNewswire

New head of commercial activities brings extensive track record in business development, brand management and relationship building.

P3s Key for TOD  RailwayAge Magazine

RAILWAY AGE, JUNE 2019 ISSUE: Toronto's unprecedented growth has spurred conversations on new ways to approach Transit-Oriented Development, with ...

Federal Railroad Administration puts up more than $326M for 45 railroad infrastructure projects  Transportation Today

The Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA's) Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) program and the Special Transportation ...

ION LRT comes to fruition  RailwayAge Magazine

Contract operator Keolis North America on June 21 launched the long-awaited ION Light Rail Transit (LRT) at Kitchener's Fairway Station. ION, the Waterloo ...

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 ...

Inmates help expand railroad attraction at Carson Park  WQOW TV News 18

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Construction is now underway to add a third track to the Carson Park train ride. The Chippewa Valley Railroad Association is getting help ...

Ohio measure would require two-person crews  RailwayAge Magazine

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Commentary: What’s the outlook for rail-hauled fracking sand and the rail construction aggregate markets?  FreightWaves

Market expert Jim Blaze writes about the railroads' transportation of fracking sand, as well as stone and gravel, aggregates and phosphates.

Rail traffic continues off track  RailwayAge Magazine

In an unfortunate sign of the times, U.S. weekly rail traffic has continued its slide, according to figures released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

UPDATED: New House bill includes 45G extension  RailwayAge Magazine

The House Ways & Means Committee on June 20 favorably reported-out H.R. 3301,the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019. The 45G ...

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), ...

Official blasts complacency before 2017 Amtrak derailment  Q13 News Seattle

The National Transportation Safety Board has published its final report on a deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state in 2017, with the agency's vice ...

Falcone joins Railroad Financial Corp.  RailwayAge Magazine

Rail equipment finance veteran Andrew J. Falcone has joined Railroad Financial Corp. as a Vice President, based in Boston. Falcone brings 30 years of ...

Federal Railroad Administration taking comments about blocked train crossings  14 News WFIE Evansville

The Federal Railroad Administration is now taking comments about trains blocking crossings.

Federal Railroad Administration wants to hear from you about stopped trains  WTHITV.com

The agency is accepting public comment. The FRA wants information about how blocked trains impact drivers, first responders and even businesses.

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 ...

Bombardier opening new California rail-car assembly site  Reuters

(Reuters) - Canada's Bombardier is opening a new facility in California that will assemble rail cars for San Francisco's rapid transit system by year's end, and ...

Padgette named CCJPA Managing Director  RailwayAge Magazine

The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) named Rob Padgette to be its new Managing Director, effective July 1, 2019. He will oversee management ...

Observations on STB's Rate Reform Task Force Report  RailwayAge Magazine

Surface Transportation Board (STB) staff recently released a rate reform report with a series of recommendations. Readers should remember that before any of ...

MTA aims to hold train manufacturer accountable  Newsday

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is calling on top leaders of another contractor to appear before the board next month and answer for the ongoing ...

Baun joins MULR as CCO  RailwayAge Magazine

Rail industry veteran Theodore W. “Ted” Baun will be joining MUL Railcars, Inc. (MULR), a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Company Limited ...

Rail car facility rolling into Butler county with 250-plus new jobs  KCRG

Officials expect ground to be broken next month for a new rail car maintenance facility in eastern Iowa's Butler County.

FTA allocates $300M to Transbay project  RailwayAge Magazine

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) just announced that the Transbay Corridor Core Capacity project will receive a Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 funding allocation ...

Pacific Railcar Operators: Speeders | Calendar  Coos Bay World

Come see historical railcars, otherwise known as speeders, up close at the Oregon Coast Historical Railway Museum.

How Acela trainsets are made: Inside the Alstom facility  RailwayAge Magazine

Amtrak Vice President Northeast Corridor Caroline Decker at Alstom's Hornell, N.Y., plant with a power car for the new Acela Express high-speed trainset.

New rail car plant to bring 263 jobs to Butler County  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

WATERLOO – Butler County is eager to welcome a new rail car maintenance *service* rolling into town this summer. In tow will be more than 250 jobs and a ...

Part 4 of 6: Hey! Wanna Buy a Bridge?  RailwayAge Magazine

Around 1900, sharp operators in New York City would fleece tourists by offering to sell them the Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge, which still impresses and inspires ...

Preventive to Prescriptive to Predictive  RailwayAge Magazine

Railway Age, June 2019 Issue, The Evolution in Track Geometry Technology: As railroaders know, establishing and maintaining proper track geometry requires ...

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 ...

BART announces plans for rail car assembly site in Bay Area  Daily Californian

BART joined Bombardier Transportation for a press conference to announce the implementation of a new railway car assembly site in Pittsburg, California.

Transport Canada: Normalized steel TIH requirement, consistent with US  RailwayAge Magazine

Railroad tank cars transporting TIH (toxic inhalation hazard) substances in Canada will be required to have heads and shells constructed of normalized steel ...

CREATE WA4 project completed  RailwayAge Magazine

BNSF Railway and the Chicago CREATE partners have completed BNSF Connection project (WA4), which established a new direct connection between ...

AFLAS: CP the Best Logistics Service Provider – Rail  RailwayAge Magazine

Canadian Pacific (CP) recently announced that it took home the Best Logistics *Service* Provider – Rail award at the Asian Freight Logistics and Supply Chain ...

Rail car restoration project is labor of love for former Memphian  The Daily Memphian

Former Memphian Keith White has restored a classic rail car as a labor of love.

Local warehouse company receives grant to expand rail transportation  WHSV

A grant for a warehouse company in Rockingham County could help alleviate congestion on interstates across the state.

MTA board moves to ban repeat pervs from subway  New York Daily News

Repeat creeps have been flashing and groping subway riders for years, and now the MTA wants to take the bold move of banning them from the system.

56 people treated after rail car spills sulfur dioxide in Salt Lake City  KSL.com

Two people were transported to a hospital and more than 50 others were treated for symptoms after a rail car spilled at least 300 gallons of sulfur dioxide in Salt ...

Rolling Asset Health  RailwayAge Magazine

Railway Age, June 2019 Issue, Combining Big Data Analytics With Remote Monitoring: Advancing safe and efficient rail operations continues to be a primary ...

June continues May's rail traffic slide  RailwayAge Magazine

On the heels of a dreary May, things are not looking up for rail traffic in June, according to figures released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Barney & Smith railcar to be centerpiece of Carillon’s Culp Cafe  dayton.com

Built in 1903, a Barney & Smith interurban railcar will be the centerpiece of the new Culp's Cafe at Carillon Park — offering tabletop seating.

Railcar refurbishing plant will bring 263 jobs to Clarksville  Radio Iowa

A Dallas, Texas based company specializing in railcar renovation and manufacturing plans to build a new plant near the Butler County town of Clarksville in ...

Bombardier expands US operations in California  RailwayAge Magazine

The premier rail equipment off the Pittsburg assembly line will be the “Fleet of the Future” rail cars from Bombardier's 775-car contract with BART. The work ...

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL RAIL AUTHORITY RFP No. MSOP150-20 RAIL OPERATIONS, MAINTENANCE, AND SUPPORT SERVICES  RailwayAge Magazine

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL RAIL AUTHORITY RFP No. MSOP150-20 RAIL OPERATIONS, MAINTENANCE, AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

AAR: Freight traffic, total carloads decline  RailwayAge Magazine

Total carloads were down and only three commodity groups saw year-over-year increases for the week ended May 25, according to figures released by the ...

PSR: For employees, pain, no gain  RailwayAge Magazine

Six out of the seven Class I freight railroads in operating in the U.S. (including CN's and Canadian Pacific's subsidiaries) have implemented or are in the process ...

3 can't-miss shows: Alpha Hopper, Car Seat Headrest, the Midnight  Buffalo News

Alpha Hopper, 8 p.m. June 22 at Duende at Silo City (85 Silo City Row), $10. Gripping noise-punk outfit Alpha Hopper is readying the release of its latest re…

Eastern Iowa to get $60 million rail car shop  The Gazette

The proximity of a rail line operated by Cedar Rapids-based Iowa Northern Railroad was a key factor in a Dallas company's decision to purchase land in Eastern ...

Alstom eyes zero-emissions future in America  Hornell Evening Tribune

Hydrogen cell trains could be introduced in coming years.

RailUSA acquires 430-mile Florida rail line  RailwayAge Magazine

Independent freight railroad and rail services holding company RailUSA, LLC recently acquired a 430-mile rail line and related real estate from CSX Corporation ...

Letter to the Editor: “Gateway - The Series”  RailwayAge Magazine

In Part 2 of “Gateway - The Series,” authored by Contributing Editor David Peter Alan, the implication is made that all rail advocates support a two-track ...

LIRC, GWM to open transload facility  RailwayAge Magazine

In an effort to expand the distribution of malted grain for the distillery and brewing industries in the northern Kentucky region, Louisville & Indiana Railroad (LIRC) ...

Thales picked for Canadian LRT expansion  RailwayAge Magazine

Ottawa's Parliament Buildings, the seat of Canada's government, and the Unesco World Heritage site Rideau canal on a bright autumn afternoon. © Danielle ...

US DOT: SLSI's Safety Culture Assessment “most comprehensive”  RailwayAge Magazine

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced that the Short Line Safety Institute's (SLSI) program, Safety Culture Assessment (SCA), was named ...

New strategy targets major upturn in rail freight volumes  International Railway Journal

Egyptian National Railways (ENR) has ambitious plans to boost rail freight volumes through a major restructuring of this element of the business.

Wider center, digital signs: Improvements abound in new Sound Transit light rail cars  Seattle PI

On a full light rail car, it can be hard to hear announcements. And that can be frustrating to passengers packed in and waiting, especially when something ...

LIRC promotes Kramer to VP Transportation  RailwayAge Magazine

Jeremy Kramer has been promoted to Vice President Transportation at Louisville & Indiana Railroad (LIRC). He will be responsible for train operations, ...

Amtrak appoints new CFO, COO  RailwayAge Magazine

The Amtrak Board of Directors recently approved two leadership changes, as new-hire Tracie Winbigler has been tabbed to serve as the company's Executive ...

Chinese consortium signs contract for Budapest – Belgrade upgrade  International Railway Journal

THE CRE Consortium and the Chinese-Hungarian Railway Non-profit Limited Company (CHRN), set up by Hungarian State Railways MÁV and the Chinese ...

Virgin Trains USA breaks ground for Orlando-South Florida rail  Florida Politics

Sometimes, leaps of faith pay off. To that end, on Monday leaders of Virgin Trains USA and Central Florida celebrated the groundbreaking that will lead to a $2 ...

FTR's Shippers Conditions Index Took Step Back in April  American Journal of Transportation

FTR's April Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) took a step back in April to a reading of 1.9, close to a full point below March.

Railcar Leasing Market to Witness Huge Growth by 2025 | Wells Fargo, GATX, Union Tank Car, CIT, VTG  TheWindReports

MI exclusively added Railcar Leasing market study that gives in-depth investigation regarding the current scenario of the Market size, share, demand, growth, ...

New Calif. Railcar Assembly Plant Opening | Bombardier  American Machinist

Bombardier Transportation is opening a new railcar assembly operation in Pittsburg, Calif., principally to produce the “Fleet of the Future” railcars for the San ...

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 ...

CP opens VAC  RailwayAge Magazine

Canadian Pacific has opened its new Vancouver Automotive Compound (VAC), which has been located to handle motor vehicles made in North America for ...

Railroad Software brings aboard industry vet Elsberry  RailwayAge Magazine

Railroad Software recently announced the hiring of Tim Elsberry—who has more than 40 years of *service* in the industry—as its Vice President of Business ...

End Of The Line For CSX’s Ala. Fuel Tax Row, Justices Say  Law360

Alabama's and CSX's dispute over whether a fuel sales tax discriminates against rail carriers has ended for now, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined on ...

CSX Fuel Tax Case Denied Third Review by Supreme Court  Bloomberg Tax

CSX Transportation Inc.'s decade-old fuel tax lawsuit against Alabama won't get a third hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court—a partial win for both the ...

Nearly $29M grant will help update MacArthur Bridge  St. Louis Business Journal

The Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA) received a $28.8 million Federal Railroad Administration grant to replace the main span girders on the ...

NS prepares TOP21 launch  RailwayAge Magazine

Norfolk Southern (NS) recently announced that it is preparing to unveil TOP21, its Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR) operating plan. Under TOP21, the ...

Disabled Rail Car Forces Outbound T To Be Redirected  CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – All outbound rails on the T were temporarily deviated to the Allentown line to avoid the Mt. Washington Tunnel where a rail car was ...

TriMet taps Siemens for $80M mid-life overhaul  RailwayAge Magazine

Siemens Mobility recently announced that it has won a mid-life overhaul *service* contract worth $80 million—with options for up to $25 million more—for TriMet's ...

CP sets grain record  RailwayAge Magazine

As of the end of May 2019, Canadian Pacific (CP) set a grain record by moving 22.5 million metric tonnes (MMT) of Canadian grain and grain products since the ...

Often stopped by trains? Feds want to know  Terre Haute Tribune Star

Federal officials are seeking public input on blocked railroad crossings and they just may get an earful from Terre Haute.

Holocaust Museum Houston Unveils $34 Million Expansion  Forbes

Bigger, brighter and broader in scale and scope, Holocaust Museum Houston has relaunched following a two-year, $34 million expansion project.

Opinion | It’s time for Indian Railways to take the reform track  Livemint

The railways need both administrative and engineering reforms for a $5 trillion Indian economy.

Khan hired as NJT CTO — I&O  RailwayAge Magazine

NJ Transit announced that it has hired Bilal Khan to serve as its Chief Technology Officer for Infrastructure and Operation (CTO – I&O). Khan joins NJ Transit with ...

Art treasure uncovered by Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad volunteers restoring the Saint Lucie Sound rail car  Akron Beacon Journal

It has been hidden from view for nearly four decades.Covered by thick glue and carpet, the mural depicting Seminole Indians along the side of the curved bar on ...

New York MTA launches OMNY pilot  RailwayAge Magazine

More than 25 years after it began transitioning its fare payment system from traditional metal tokens to the MetroCard, the New York Metropolitan Transportation ...

Metro, Intersection plan to technologize Blue Line  RailwayAge Magazine

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) recently announced that it has partnered with technology company Intersection to install a ...

Group hopes to end train horns  Baker City Herald

A group of Baker City residents has created an online petition gauging local interest in trying to establish a “quiet zone” in which freight trains wouldn't sound ...

Waterloo-Kitchener Ion light rail inaugurated  International Railway Journal

LIGHT Rail arrived in the cities of Waterloo and Kitchener, Toronto, on June 21 with the inauguration of Stage 1 of the Ion network.

Downes tabbed as GBX CFO  RailwayAge Magazine

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. announced that its Senior Vice President and acting Chief Financial Officer Adrian Downes has been appointed Chief Financial ...

Trump Admin's Latest Rail Safety Rollback Sets up Industry to Make Its Own Rules  DeSmog

This week, the Trump administration's Department of Transportation (DOT) withdrew another rail safety recommendation originally proposed during the Obama ...

CalPortland commissions new reduced-emissions rail car mover at Oro Grande cement plant  Aggregates Manager

CalPortland recently commissioned a new rail car mover at its Oro Grande cement plant in California. CalPortland officials and Mojave Desert Air Quality ...

Rail Car moved from Plaza  Burleson Star

Wednesday morning, the city of Burleson moved Interurban Express Motor #330 Rail Car from its location near city hall to make room for the construction of the ...

Reviewing Guangshen Railway Company Limited (GSH)'s and The Greenbrier Companies Inc. (NYSE:GBX)'s results  Stocks Beat

Since Guangshen Railway Company Limited (NYSE:GSH) and The Greenbrier Companies Inc. (NYSE:GBX) are part of the Railroads industry, they are ...

World rail freight news round-up 24 Jun 2019 Following an agreement with Indian rail freight  Railway Gazette International

Following an agreement with Indian rail freight company Concor, exporters and importers can now book both rail and sea transport using Cogoport's...

Heritage Plaza awning funds contingent on railcar view | News, Sports, Jobs  Altoona Mirror

The Greater Altoona Economic Development Corp. has tentatively authorized a $1000 contribution toward installation of a semi-permanent awning over the ...

Weekly resin report: Trading picks up marginally, as prices continue to soften  Plastics Today

Polyethylene and polypropylene prices both remained pressured and ceded $0.005 to 0.01/lb last week.

City of Tenino: Come Check Out Our Caboose  Centralia Chronicle

When the City of Tenino turned its train depot into what is now the Tenino Depot Museum, it reconstructed some old train tracks in front of the building, hoping to.

Commentary: future of U.S. railroads’ chemical transport looks strong  FreightWaves

Railroad market expert Jim Blaze writes about the movement of chemicals by rail and how that sub-set of railroad traffic is profitable and may grow significantly in ...

Chinese companies spend big to fend off Trump  POLITICO

Chinese companies' decisions to hire lobbyists have been driven in part by looking at what's happened to Huawei and ZTE over the last year.

Greenbrier announces webcast and conference call of quarterly financial results  Yahoo Finance

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., June 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (GBX) invites shareholders and other interested parties to listen to its ...

Railcar company adding its largest plant, 500 jobs near Clarksville  KCHA News

Clarksville, Iowa – A Dallas, Texas based company specializing in railcar renovation and manufacturing will be adding its largest plant near the Northeast Iowa ...

New European rail freight services announced  International Railway Journal

Two new freight services and an agreement to improve direct freight services through central Europe have been announced.

Commentary: Is the death of rail-hauled coal true, or premature?  FreightWaves

Market expert Jim Blaze writes about the movement of coal by rail. He explores the history of rail-coal; more importantly, he writes about what the future may hold ...

Estate of rail car serviceman exposed to asbestos net $1M verdict – $5 Million Verdict, reduced to $1 Million  Virginia Lawyers Weekly

Stephen Fowlkes worked at Norfolk Southern's car repair shop at Lambert's Point between 1979 and 1990, often servicing and changing out ...

From the Archives: Blast in Sylmar water tunnel kills 17  Los Angeles Times

On June 24, 1971, seventeen workers were killed by methane gas explosion in a Metropolitan Water District tunnel beneath Sylmar.

FAST Act Reauthorization hearing yields commitments to Illinois Transportation Projects  Transportation Today

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) secured commitments for several key Illinois and national projects during a recent Senate Commerce, Science and ...

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Secures Amendment To Protect Rail And Bus Manufacturing From China Threat In Senate Defense Bill  urbanmilwaukee

"China has made clear its intent to dismantle U.S. railcar and bus manufacturing in its 'Made in China 2025' plan." By U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin - Jun 21st, 2019 ...