North American rail industry news

Latest railroad industry news from the USA, Canada and Mexico, including passenger and freight operations, infrastructure, rolling stock and policy.

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Geopier launches subgrade strengthening GeoSpike


TRACK: Geopier Foundation Co has introduced its GeoSpike, which is designed to provide a low‐cost way to strengthen the subgrade without needing to remove the rails, sleepers or ballast.


Cat litter by rail


USA: Cat litter producer Intersand has begun construction of a rail-served production, packaging and distribution facility at the Great Western Industrial Park in Windsor, Colorado. GWIP is owned by short line group OmniTRAX, whose Great Western Railway of Colorado will provide direct rail services to the new facility.

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Partnership to develop North American rail portfolio


NORTH AMERICA: Middle-market investor Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure has announced a partnership with Alpenglow Rail’s short line management team with the aim of developing a portfolio of rail businesses across North America.

US double-stack freight train (Photo: David Lustig).

Surface Transportation Board proposes rule changes


USA: The Surface Transportation Board has begun consultation on proposed rule changes intended to reduce the cost and complexity of its rate review procedures, particularly in small cases, and to provide a streamlined market dominance process.

MBTA commuter train

MBTA orders double-deck coaches


USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has awarded Hyundai Rotem a $278·5m sole-source contract to supply 80 double-deck coaches. These will replace single deck vehicles to increase capacity on the Boston commuter rail network by more than 14 000 seats/day.

Dallas Silver Line groundbreaking ceremony

Ceremonies mark start of Dallas Silver Line construction


USA: Dallas Area Rapid Transit held a series of ground-breaking ceremonies along the route of the future Silver Line on September 19 to officially launch construction of the $1·1bn commuter railway in the northern suburbs of Dallas.

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