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...
Aug 11 2011
April 29, 2015 - A rigorous state audit validated Bay Area Rapid Transit's (BART) financial projection process and reaffirmed that BART is facing $9.6 billion in capital needs, potentially affecting the reliability of rail service if additional revenue isn't secured. The audit reports BART has...
On November 25, 2014 Amtrak reported unaudited record revenue totaling approximately $3.2 billion for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2014, representing the fifth consecutive year of revenue growth, and the eighth out of the past nine years. In FY 2014, Amtrak covered 93 percent of its operating...
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Virgina Avenue Tunnel today. This identifies the preferred alternative for construction, which allows for progress on this project after a...
In April, the AAR released its report on Freight Railroad Capacity and Investment. This brief overview of the capital investment provided by freight railroads to meet the shipping needs of the US highlights the public return on private investment. America’s freight railroads have reinvested $550...
In a report approved in late 2013 and published in 2014, APTA calls for reauthorization of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA) through stand-alone legislation or as a separate rail title to surface transportation authorization. The legislation should authorize no less...
In April, the AAR released its report on Freight Railroad Capacity and Investment. This brief overview of the capital investment provided by freight railroads to meet the shipping needs of the US highlights the public return on private investment. America’s freight railroads have reinvested $550...
On March 18, 2014 Amtrak issued its FY 2015 budget request to Congress. Seeking an increase in federal passenger rail investment, Amtrak warns that continuation of current funding levels leave Northeast Corridor infrastructure vulnerable to a bigger, costlier and far more damaging failure that...
March 10, 2014 - APTA published its complete 2013 Ridership Report which showed the highest annual public transit ridership numbers in 57 years. With a total of 10.7 billion trips taken on public transportation in 2013, this was the eighth year in a row that more than 10 billion trips were taken on...
March 4, 2013 - The US Department of Transportation announced the availability of funding and requests proposals for the National Infrastructure Investments Program known as TIGER. The FY 2014 Appropriations Act appropriated $600 million to be awarded by the Department of Transportation for...
March 3, 2014 - The USDOT Fast Lane Blog looks over the recent FHWA Report to Congress on the conditions and performance of the nation's highways, bridges, and transit system; and notes the improvements from investments as well as the work still to be done. The report showed improvement on American...
In February, President Obama announced an initiative to improve the fuel efficiency of trucks. That’s a lofty goal, but here’s an even better idea: Let’s make an effort to move more freight by rail and less by road. Trains are far more energy-efficient than trucks — and they always will be....
February 5, 2014 - Government and port representatives from seven states and other freight-rail constituents have formed the Great Northern Corridor Coalition to promote regional cooperation, planning and shared project implementation to improve freight-rail movements from the Pacific Northwest...
On an overcast Tuesday morning in dusty North Platte, Nebr., Tony Orr stands at the center of the world’s largest freight rail yard, watching as billions of dollars’ worth of commodities and goods roll by. He’s the general superintendent of Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard–at 2,850 acres, it’s three...