All North America articles – Page 10

  • Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson believes that the operator should focus on medium distance corridors typified by the Chicago - St Louis route.
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    Amtrak should focus on medium-distance corridors, says Anderson

    2018-04-27T10:33:16Z

    USA: Amtrak should focus on its medium-distance operations and prioritise investment in a network of corridors across the country of between 200 km and 1 000 km, where the greatest ridership can be achieved, believes its new Chief Executive Richard Anderson. Outlining his vision for the future of the ...

  • The first of 22 SC-44 Charger locomotives being supplied to Caltrans to operate San Joaquin and Capitol Corridor services entered revenue service in November.
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    Siemens Chargers to work Altamont commuter trains

    2018-04-27T08:40:41Z

    USA: California’s San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission has ordered four SC-44 Charger diesel locomotives from Siemens, with an option for four more, to support an expansion of its Altamont Corridor Express commuter rail service. Launched in 1998 with just two trains/day, ACE currently operates four trains each way per day ...

  • Aecon and Keltbray Group have signed a memorandum of understanding with a view to developing a joint venture to bid for rail electrification contracts in Canada.
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    Keltbray eyes Canada as UK electrification ‘looks less certain’

    2018-04-19T09:56:09Z

    CANADA: Construction company Aecon and British engineering and construction firm Keltbray Group have signed a memorandum of understanding with a view to developing a joint venture to bid for rail electrification contracts in Canada. This is Keltbray’s first venture into the international market, having entered the UK electrification sector in ...

  • VIA Rail is procuring a new fleet of trainsets for the Québec City – Windsor corridor.
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    VIA Rail begins procurement of new Québec – Windsor fleet

    2018-04-17T11:12:49Z

    CANADA: National passenger operator VIA Rail formally launched the process to procure a new fleet of trainsets for the Québec City – Windsor corridor when it issued a request for qualifications on April 16. Following the government’s allocation of funding in the 2018 federal budget announced in March, VIA Rail ...

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    CSX agrees short line spin-offs

    2018-04-11T15:24:00Z

    USA: CSX Transportation has reached agreement to sell almost 300 km of railway in Alabama and Georgia to Denver-based HGS Railway Holdings, following its announcement earlier this year that up to one-third of its total network was being reviewed for possible closure or sale. HGS has established two wholly-owned subsidiaries ...

  • VIA Rail has awarded Cad Railway Industries a C$46m contract to upgrade 25 coaches used on The Canadian service between Toronto and Vancouver (Photo: VIA Rail).
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    The Canadian coaches to be refurbished

    2018-04-11T11:31:02Z

    CANADA: VIA Rail has awarded Cad Railway Industries a C$46m contract to upgrade 25 coaches used on The Canadian service between Toronto and Vancouver. Announcing the contract on April 10, VIA Rail said the stainless steel coaches dating from the 1950s would be ‘completely refurbished and transformed to better ...

  • VIA Rail has awarded Bombardier Transportation a C$54m contract to upgrade 17 coaches used on long-distance services (Photo: VIA Rail).
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    Accessibility upgrade for VIA Rail long-distance fleet

    2018-04-04T10:29:26Z

    CANADA: National passenger operator VIA Rail has awarded Bombardier Transportation a C$54m contract to upgrade 17 coaches used on long-distance services to bring them into line with current and planned accessibility standards. The stainless steel bodied coaches dating from the 1950s will be equipped with two wheelchair lifts, two accessible ...

  • Maryland Transit Administration has awarded Bombardier Transportation a $288m five-year extension to its contract to operate the Maryland Area Regional Commuter network’s Brunswick and Camden lines.
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    MARC operating contract extended

    2018-03-26T14:30:26Z

    USA: Maryland Transit Administration has awarded Bombardier Transportation a $288m five-year extension to its contract to operate the Maryland Area Regional Commuter network’s Brunswick and Camden lines. The existing contract awarded in 2012 covers the operation and maintenance of the fleet of diesel locomotives and coaches, including Bombardier vehicles, as ...

  • The Hudson Tunnels are used by both Amtrak long-distance and New Jersey Transit commuter trains. Amtrak is the infrastructure owner for this section of the Northeast Corridor.
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    Hopes rise on Gateway tunnel funding despite Trump opposition

    2018-03-23T15:46:39Z

    USA: Hopes of progress in the Gateway Programme to build new tunnels between New York and New Jersey were raised on March 22 when $650m of federal funding was directed to Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. The Gateway Programme covers a series of enhancements worth approximately $30bn to the busiest section ...

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    D-Train to target US transit market

    2018-03-20T09:12:52Z

    USA: Next year could see the deployment of Vivarail D-Train diesel multiple-units in North America, under proposals being developed by Railroad Development Corp. RDC Chairman Henry Posner III told Railway Gazette that the remanufactured London Underground trainsets offered a unique opportunity to test the market for urban rail services ...

  • California High-Speed Rail Authority has published for public consultation a draft 2018 business plan which ‘acknowledges and responds to changed circumstances and emphasises a new way of doing business moving forward’.
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    California high speed rail plan revised

    2018-03-13T15:30:00Z

    USA: California High-Speed Rail Authority has published for public consultation a draft 2018 business plan which ‘acknowledges and responds to changed circumstances and emphasises a new way of doing business moving forward’. CHSRA said the draft plan ‘transparently identifies the project’s challenges’, which include putting back the completion date and ...

  • Funding for 32 push-pull trainsets to replace the locomotive-hauled stock which VIA Rail operates on the Québec – Windsor corridor was confirmed in the 2018 federal budget (Photo: VIA Rail).
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    VIA Rail fleet replacement funded

    2018-03-06T15:26:26Z

    CANADA: Funding for the procurement of 32 push-pull trainsets to replace the locomotive-hauled stock which VIA Rail operates on the Québec – Montréal – Toronto – Windsor corridor was confirmed in the 2018 federal budget presented by Minister of Finance Bill Morneau on February 27. The value was not released, ...

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    Amtrak awarded five-year MARC Penn Line contract

    2018-03-06T11:32:21Z

    USA: Maryland Department of Transportation MTA has awarded Amtrak a five-year contract to continue to operate MARC Penn Line commuter services on a 124 km route between Washington, DC, and Perryville, Maryland. Amtrak said it had faced ‘strong competitors with excellent reputations’ during the tendering process, and had won the ...

  • ‘The board believes the company needs a leader who will energise the team, realise CN’s corporate vision and take the company forward with the speed and determination CN is known for’, said Chairman Robert Pace.
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    CN Chief Executive leaves

    2018-03-05T15:31:10Z

    CANADA: The board of Canadian National Railway announced on March 5 that President & CEO Luc Jobin would be leaving the company with immediate effect. He had succeeded Claude Mongeau as President & CEO on July 1 2016, having previously been Chief Financial Officer. Jean-Jacques Ruest has been appointed Interim ...

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    Wabtec selected to complete Caltrain PTC installation

    2018-02-27T14:00:00Z

    USA: A contract for Wabtec to install Positive Train Control on Caltrain’s San Francisco – San Jose commuter route will be put to the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board for approval at its meeting scheduled for March 1. In late 2011 Caltrain awarded Parsons Transportation Group a contract to provide ...

  • It would be feasible to operate Toronto Regional Express Rail using hydrogen fuel cells instead of overhead electrification, a study has concluded.
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    Hydrogen is a technically feasible alternative to electrification, Toronto study finds

    2018-02-23T13:59:54Z

    CANADA: It be would technically and economically feasible to operate the Toronto area’s future Regional Express Rail passenger services using hydrogen fuel cells instead of conventional overhead electrification, a study has concluded. The lifetime costs would be similar, but the use of hydrogen would be a ‘world first’ on such ...

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    G&W invests in last mile technology business

    2018-02-20T12:57:00Z

    USA: International rail freight group Genesee & Wyoming Inc has invested in Cargomatic, a technology platform which connects freight shippers and road hauliers with a focus on short-haul markets. Terms were not disclosed. Cargomatic currently operates in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Dallas, Houston and New York, but it ...

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    Software aims to improve KCS fleet utilisation

    2018-02-17T07:00:00Z

    USA: Kansas City Southern has awarded planning and scheduling tool specialist Biarri Rail a contract to supply its Boss MP Loco cloud-based software to improve locomotive utilisation. ‘We engaged Biarri Rail to perform a proof-of-concept using Boss MP Loco and this clearly demonstrated that we could use the software package ...

  • The Sunset Limited is among the long-distance trains highlighted by the Trump administration as requiring a large federal subsidy.
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    Trump budget plans to halve federal subsidy to Amtrak

    2018-02-14T11:31:36Z

    USA: The formal 2019 financial year budget issued by President Donald Trump on February 12 includes plans to cut federal subsidy to Amtrak by almost half. The proposed budget, which would take effect from October 1, would see federal support payments for Amtrak reduced from $1·5bn to $738m. The ...

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    CP share buyback follows Q4 successes

    2018-02-13T15:58:07Z

    CANADA: Canadian Pacific has completed its second share repurchase programme, the railway confirmed on February 8. CP had announced on December 11 its intention to buy back up to 755 000 common shares from two third-party sellers under two consecutive programmes to be completed by May 14. The first completed ...