All North America articles – Page 11

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    Loram acquires GREX


    USA: Loram Maintenance of Way announced on February 6 that it had reached a definitive agreement to acquire the outstanding shares in Georgetown Rail Equipment Co. The transaction is expected to close in mid-February. ‘The merger with GREX, a market leader in material handling and track inspection technologies, strengthens our ...

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    CSX committed to Harrison’s vision


    USA ‘I’m excited about the progress we are making and am confident we have the right team in place to achieve our goal of becoming the best railroad in North America’, said CSX Transportation President & Chief Executive Officer James M Foote, briefing investors on the company’s 2017 results. According ...

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    UP optimistic in 2018 forecasts


    USA: Union Pacific is ‘optimistic that the economy will favour a number of our market segments, leading to another year of positive volume growth’, said Lance Fritz, Chairman, President & CEO, announcing the company’s 2017 results on January 25. UP reported net income of $10·7bn for the year, an increase ...

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    BNSF announces $3·3bn capital plan


    USA: BNSF is planning to invest $3·3bn under its 2018 capital plan unveiled on January 31. This the same level of spending as 2017, and brings the total investment to more than $60bn since 2000. Within the total figure, $2·4bn has been allocated for maintenance and renewal of both infrastructure ...

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    Growing CN plans C$3·2bn capital spend in 2018


    CANADA: ‘CN’s growth continues to outpace the economy’, said Canadian National President & Chief Executive Officer Luc Jobin, reporting the company’s 2017 results on January 23. Thanks to a strong fourth quarter, which saw a 156% increase in net income compared to the same quarter in 2016, CN recorded an ...

  • The Association of American Railroads, Railway Association of Canada and Asociación Mexicana de Ferrocarriles have called for ‘a constructive effort’ to negotiate a new North American Free Trade Agreement.

    Rail associations call for NAFTA renewal


    NORTH AMERICA: The Association of American Railroads, Railway Association of Canada and Asociación Mexicana de Ferrocarriles issued a joint letter on January 22 calling for ‘a constructive effort’ to negotiate a new North American Free Trade Agreement. 'To ensure that a new NAFTA can build upon the success of its ...

  • Stadler is to design and supply three Flirt DMUs for the Arrow commuter service which is to be launched under the Redlands Passenger Rail Project.

    DMUs ordered for California’s Arrow commuter service


    USA: California’s San Bernardino County Transportation Authority has issued Stadler with a notice to proceed with the design and supply of three Flirt diesel multiple-units for the Arrow commuter service which is to be launched in 2021 under the Redlands Passenger Rail Project. The services will use 14 km of ...

  • Brightline operations were launched by Florida East Coast Industries Executive Director Mike Reininger at Fort Lauderdale on January 12.

    Brightline launches higher-speed inter-city service


    USA: The first privately-operated scheduled passenger trains since the early 1980s began running on January 13, when Brightline launched an introductory service between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale in southern Florida. Brightline operates over the tracks of the Florida East Coast Railway, which have been rebuilt and upgraded for ...

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    No agreement on New York – New Jersey tunnel


    USA: There is no agreement for the federal government to pay around half of the cost of the proposed $13bn Gateway Tunnel under the Hudson River between New Jersey and New York, according to the Federal Transit Administration. In a December 29 letter to New York and New Jersey state ...

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    CN orders 200 GE diesel locos


    CANADA: In order to ‘accommodate future growth opportunities and drive operational efficiency’, Canadian National announced on December 22 that it had ordered 200 new diesel locomotives from GE Transportation for delivery over the next three years. The order includes a mix of EPA Tier 4 compliant Evolution Series locomotives and ...

  • Commuters at opposite sides of the USA are now sitting on BASF’s Basotect open cell melamine foam.

    Lighter and safer seats


    SEATS: Commuters at opposite sides of the USA are now sitting on BASF’s Basotect open cell melamine foam, which Rogers Corp is using in BART and Long Island Rail Road seat cushions. According to BASF, the foam’s density of less than 9 kg/m 3 helps reduce the overall weight ...

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    Amtrak launches New York Penn navigation app


    USA: Amtrak has launched FindYourWay, an iOS and Android app based on the Zyter platform which uses more than 400 beacons inside New York Penn station to provide real-time gate, train and boarding information as well as directions to gates, exits, cash machines and restaurants. The beacons use Bluetooth Low ...

  • Amtrak has selected Penn Station Partners to undertake the redevelopment of Baltimore Penn station.

    Penn Station Partners selected for Baltimore station modernisation


    USA: Amtrak has selected Penn Station Partners to undertake the redevelopment of Baltimore Penn station and neighbouring properties which it owns. Penn Station Partners comprises Beatty Development Group, Armada Hoffler Properties, Cross Street Partners, Gensler, WSP USA, Network Rail Consulting, Mace Group, JLL, HR&A Advisors, Charles Belfoure, Cho Benn Holback, ...

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    Overspeed focus in Amtrak derailment


    USA: Excessive speed has been identified as a key factor in the derailment of Amtrak Cascades’ Seattle – Portland train 501 near Tacoma on December 18, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The 12-car Talgo 6 trainset, hauled by a new Siemens Charger diesel locomotive with a GE P42 ...

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    MUL Railcars opens US wagon leasing office


    USA: Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Co Ltd has opened an office in Portland, Oregon, as a base for its MUL Railcars wagon leasing activities. This follows the company’s expansion through a strategic wagon supply and maintenance alliance with The Greenbrier Companies which was finalised in June. James T Sharp ...

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    Ontario high speed rail study terms of reference tendered


    CANADA: Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation has issued a request for bids for a contract to develop terms of reference for the environmental assessment process for the Kitchener-Waterloo – London section of the proposed Toronto – Windsor high speed line. The terms of reference would provide a framework for the planning ...

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    Hunter Harrison dead at 73


    USA: ‘With great sadness’, CSX announced on December 16 that its President & Chief Executive Officer E Hunter Harrison had died at the age of 73, ‘of unexpectedly severe complications following a short illness’. Other reports suggested that he had been unwell for some time. James M Foote ...

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    NJ Transit to buy more electro-diesel locomotives


    USA: New Jersey Transit has decided to exercise an option for a further 17 dual-powered ALP-45 locomotives from Bombardier Transit Corp, in order to replace more of its oldest diesel locos. The NJ Transit board voted on December 13 to approve a recommendation to acquire the 17 locomotives at an ...

  • On December 11 an eastbound Norfolk South general merchandise train became the first revenue service to cross the replacement Portageville Bridge.

    Norfolk Southern opens replacement Portageville Bridge


    USA: Norfolk Southern has opened the new Portageville Bridge, a 294 m long steel arch span across the 72 m deep Genesee River gorge in Letchworth State Park on its Southern Tier Line in New York state. The structure replaces an iron truss bridge built by the Erie Railroad in ...

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    CN implements visual identification system at headquarters


    CANADA: Infynia Security has deployed FST Biometrics' In Motion Identification facial recognition technology and Automatic Systems’ SmartLane turnstiles at CN’s Montréal headquarters, including all perimeter access points and the entrance to the corporate child daycare centre. The system covers 3 000 employees, contractors and visitors to the headquarters, identifying registered ...