Rail Industry News

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...
http://www.railwayage.com/index.php/passenger/intercity/amtraks-boardman-in-the-final-estimate-we-are-one-industry.html   Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman’s keynote address at Railway Age’s 20th Annual Passenger Trains on Freight Railroads Conference, October 15, 2013. “There...
WASHINGTON - Amtrak carried a record 31.6 million passengers in Fiscal Year 2013, delivering nationwide benefits, providing vital transportation services, advancing America's economy and demonstrating the value and convenience of the national passenger rail network.  It is the tenth ridership...
WASHINGTON - Amtrak is moving forward with a plan to eliminate its food and beverage losses over five years. It builds on successful initiatives implemented since FY 2006 that have increased the cost recovery rate from 49 percent to 65 percent. "We have made steady and consistent progress, but it...
WASHINGTON - The operation of long distance trains is a core federal responsibility since 1971 and a federally-funded national system is the best way to keep costs low, provide customer choices that build ridership and develop economies of scale, Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman told a...
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....
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...
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....
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...
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,...
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...
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. Among the projects include completion of the NEC Niantic River Movable...
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...