Rail Industry News

Aug 27 2016
September 27, 2016 - Amtrak has contracted with Alstom to supply 28  next-generation high-speed” trainsets that will replace popular yet aging and technically problematic Acela Express equipment. The new trainsets will be based on Alstom’s iconic and venerable TGV, in service round the globe...
Apr 18 2016
Changes in where, when and how often New Yorkers go to work have helped drive big ridership gains during off-peak hours on the LIRR, which carried more customers in 2015 than any time in 66 years, according to a new Long Island Rail Road report. The LIRR’s 2015 Annual Ridership Report, released...
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. Secretary LaHood encouraged states and...
Jul 9 2012
July 9, 2012 Wahington DC - A new report issued today by Amtrak summarizes and updates the ongoing planning efforts to expand capacity on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) rail network to accommodate more trains operating at faster speeds with significantly reduced trip-times and improved service...
Jun 4 2012
May 18, 2012 - A report released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) showed public transportation ridership increased by 5% over the first quarter of last year with nearly 2.7 billion trips. This was the fifth consecutive quarter of U.S. public transit ridership...
Apr 12 2012
April 11, 2012 Washington DC - Amtrak is on pace to set another new annual ridership record as passenger counts across its national network for the first six months of fiscal year 2012 (October 2011 - March 2012) are up 3.7 percent over the same period last year when the current record was...
Apr 3 2012
April 2, 2012 FRESNO - The California High-Speed Rail Authority today released a revised Business Plan to launch the nation's first high-speed rail service-capable of traveling 220 miles-per-hour from Merced to the San Fernando Valley-within ten years. "Our revised plan makes high-speed rail better...
Mar 27 2012
March 23, 2012 WASHINGTON DC - A new report released today by the U.S. Department of Treasury with the Council of Economic Advisers finds that now is the key time to invest in infrastructure to create middle-class jobs, increase our long-term competiveness, and support a more secure energy future....
Feb 3 2012
Febnuary 3, 2012 WASHINGTON - Amtrak is requesting $450 million in federal operating support for fiscal year 2013, a lower amount than the $466 million appropriated by Congress for FY 2012. The ability to seek reduced federal operating funding results from successful and ongoing efforts by Amtrak...
Jan 11 2012
January 11, 2012 WASHINGTON - With demand for intercity passenger rail service on the rise as demonstrated by yet another year of record ridership, Amtrak is moving forward with an aggressive agenda for 2012 and building for the future while strengthening current services.
Jan 9 2012
January 9, 2012 NORFOLK, VA. - Norfolk Southern Corporation participated in the location of 73 new industries and the expansion of 27 existing industries along its rail lines in 2011. New plants and expansions announced in 2011 represented an investment of $9.5 billion by Norfolk Southern customers...
Nov 11 2011
November 2011 WASHINGTON DC - Investments in transportation infrastructure have substantial economic benefits, in both the short and the long run. Evidence of these benefits is clearly visible in many of the infrastructure projects that have recently been completed throughout the country.  ...
Oct 27 2011
October 2011 - As railroads continue to ramp up capital spending on infrastructure and equipment, intermodal services have been significant beneficiaries, leading more shippers—and motor carriers—to adopt multimodal approaches.
Oct 17 2011
October 13, 2011 WASHINGTON DC - Amtrak carried nearly 30.2 million passengers in Fiscal Year 2011 ending September 30, marking the highest ridership total since the National Railroad Passenger Corporation started operations in 1971 and the eighth ridership record during the last nine years....
Oct 3 2011
On September 30, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood awarded a $40 million grant to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to eliminate delays in and out of Harrisburg on Amtrak’s Keystone Corridor. The project consists of replacing aging track and signals with modern technologies. The...