Rail Industry News

Amtrak Ridership Growth Continues in FY13

April 9, 2013 - Washington, DC - Amtrak ridership increased in the first half of FY 2013 (Oct. 2012 - March 2013) and March set a record as the single best month ever in the history of America's Railroad®. In addition, October, December, and January each set individual monthly records.

Amtrak Requests Less Federal Operating Support, More Capital Funds

Washington, DC - April 1, 2013 - In its fiscal year 2014 funding request to Congress, Amtrak requests less federal operating support, but emphasizes the need for federal funds to improve and expand intercity passenger-rail service

Amtrak is seeking $373 million in federal operating support for FY2014, or about 17 percent less than it requested a year ago.

Anthony R. Coscia Elected as Chairman, Amtrak Board of Directors

WASHINGTON - The Amtrak Board of Directors has elected Anthony R. Coscia to be its next chairman to help guide the future of America's Railroad® and carry out initiatives to increase ridership and improve operational and financial performance. In addition, the Amtrak board elected Jeffrey R. Moreland as vice-chairman.

An Amtrak board member since June 2010, and current chairman of its Audit and Finance committee, Coscia succeeds departing board chairman Thomas C. Carper whose term on the board expires this month.

AAR-ASLRRA-RSI-Rail Labor Letter Opposing H.R. 612

February 26, 2013 WASHINGTON DC - OneRail Coalition members Association of American Railroads (AAR), the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), the Railway Supply Institute (RSI), the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART), the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), the Transportation Communications International Union (TCU), and the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes (BMWE) sent a letter to Congress opposing a bill that would increase the maximum truck weig

High-speed rail is on a slower, but steady, track: HNTB

Commentary by Peter Gertler, HNTB Corp. posted on Progressive Railroading's website in January 2013.

Borrowing from the fireman's lesson to children to "stop, drop and roll," America needs to "listen, discuss and act" on the need to invest in sustainable infrastructure and to have a realistic, substantive discussion about the future of U.S. passenger rail. We have an unprecedented opportunity to frame a productive discussion if we:

NARP Responds to Anderson Cooper's Attack on Trains

NARP President Ross Capon responds directly to a CNN report that questions the value of passenger rail investment through a skewed scope.

January 29, 2013 - The "Keeping Them Honest" report on high-speed rail on the Jan. 25 edition of Anderson Cooper 360 presumed that investing in rail is wasteful if the trains do not go very fast and very often. Steadily rising ridership on most Amtrak services-not just the Northeast Corridor-over the past decade shows that American travelers do not agree.

Amtrak 2013: New Year Brings Major Projects

WASHINGTON - Amtrak enters 2013 with a full and robust agenda of infrastructure upgrade projects, significant milestones for new equipment orders and key actions to advance its Northeast Corridor (NEC) high-speed rail program.

Rail Intermodal: Where Rail Meets Road

October 2012 - By Joseph O'Reilly, Inbound Logistics

Intermodal solutions gather steam as shippers track the financial and efficiency benefits of combining truck and rail transport.

The U.S. railroad has always been measured by time. At the outset, it was a uniform system to mediate time differences across the United States, and build reliability into an erratic and rapidly expanding rail network. Railroad time remains a lasting standard.

Rising Energy Costs May Usher in U.S. Freight Rail Revival

Monday, October 22, 2012 - By Chris Nelder, Scientific American

Rail built America in the 19th century and now it may be poised for a massive resurgence in the 21st century as high fuel prices make it competitive again

RAIL FREIGHT: Rising energy prices may mean a renaissance for freight trains in the U.S.

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Launches Historic Expansion of Infrastructure Finance Fund

TIFIA Financing Could Leverage Up to $50 Billion in Transportation Investment
Release Date: 
Jul 27 2012

July 27, 2012 Washington DC - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the availability of up to $17 billion in loans for critical infrastructure projects across the country as a result of the recently enacted surface transportation bill.

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