December 1, 2015

Wis. unveils rail safety bill in wake of derailments


Wisconsin State Rep. Jill Billings (D-La Crosse) on Wednesday introduced legislation aimed at improving rail safety in her state. Co-authored by Wisconsin State Sens. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) and Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon), the bill would provide for more state rail track inspectors; require railroads to submit prevention and response plans to the state; provide training [...]

VRE wants to begin service to Haymarket, Gainesville


VIRGINIA - Residents Tuesday night packed the lecture hall at Gainesville Middle School to hear about plans to extend Virginia Railway Express to their neighborhood. The state’s only commuter railroad is conducting a two-year, $4 million planning and engineering a study to examine the impacts and costs of extending VRE’s Manassas line west, and building a [...]

Senate toughens up on longer, heavier trucks


The U.S. Senate on Nov. 10, 2015, passed a motion opposing the allowance of twin 33-foot trailers on federal highways in a 56-31 vote. The amendment, “Motion to Instruct Conferees of the Highway Bill on Double 33-Foot Trailer Trucks,” would instruct conferees to allow the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary to issue a federal rule [...]

DOT denies appeals of high-hazard trains rule


On May 8, 2015, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), published a final rule entitled, “Hazardous Materials: Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains,” which adopted requirements designed to reduce the consequences and, in some instances, reduce the probability of accidents involving [...]

MTA makes way for LiRR under Grand Central


Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) officials Tuesday began the process of breaking through the floor of Grand Central Terminal in New York City, marking the start of construction on one of several access points that will connect the terminal to a new concourse for Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) passengers being built below. That concourse is [...]

Honoring our Vets: a history of Veterans Day


World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations [...]

STB to hold meetings on reporting rail service data


The Surface Transportation Board announced today that its staff will hold informal meetings with stakeholders between November 16, 2015 and December 7, 2015, on proposed rules for reporting railroad service performance data in the pending proceeding United States Rail Service Issues, EP 724. The meetings will enable the STB to better assess what types of [...]

FRA releases options for investment in NEC

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Seeks input from public, stakeholders before Jan. 30, 2016 for final vision WASHINGTON – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today released a Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for NEC FUTURE, FRA’s long-term investment framework for the Northeast Corridor (NEC) between Washington, DC and Boston, Mass. “Over the next 30 years, an additional six million people [...]

Great Lakes to offer flights between Pueblo and Denver


Great Lakes Airlines will begin six-day-a-week air service between Pueblo and Denver International Airport on Sunday. The airline will operate single flights Sunday through Friday using a twin-turboprop, 30-passenger Embraer 120 airplane with a flight attendant. The service will not operate on Saturdays, Pueblo airport officials said. Read more from The Pueblo Chieftan.

Canadian Pacific explores take over of NS


Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd., the second-biggest railroad in Canada, is exploring a takeover of  U.S.carrierNorfolk SouthernCorp. in a fresh attempt to consolidate the NorthAmerican industry,according to people familiar with the matter.The shares surged on the news. Canadian Pacific is raising financing and has held early-stage merger talks with Norfolk Southern, which is valued at about [...]