All North America articles – Page 11

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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 ...

  • Wabtec Corp is to supply PTC for the 100 km Central Florida Rail Corridor used by SunRail commuter services.
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    Wabtec signs SunRail PTC contract

    2018-02-13T10:40:00Z

    USA: Wabtec Corp has signed a $62m contract to design, install, test and commission Positive Train Control for the 100 km Central Florida Rail Corridor used by SunRail commuter services around Orlando. Wabtec is to provide its Interoperable Electronic Train Management System equipment for 24 locomotives and driving cars, as ...

  • An eastbound NS doublestack train passes Goshen, Indiana, where a third track has been built to increase capacity and operational flexibility (Photo: Bob Johnston).
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    Norfolk Southern positioning for growth

    2018-02-12T16:10:00Z

    USA: Norfolk Southern has announced plans to invest $1·8bn in capital projects during 2018, as it pursues the objectives set out in its Strategic Plan adopted in 2016. With a focus on improving service and operational efficiency while maintaining safety, the capital spending will be broadly in line with the ...

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    Loram acquires GREX

    2018-02-07T15:24:04Z

    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

    2018-02-07T14:33:28Z

    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

    2018-02-05T16:51:34Z

    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

    2018-02-05T13:49:10Z

    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

    2018-02-01T14:00:00Z

    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.
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    Rail associations call for NAFTA renewal

    2018-01-29T16:41:00Z

    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.
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    DMUs ordered for California’s Arrow commuter service

    2018-01-22T10:58:36Z

    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.
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    Brightline launches higher-speed inter-city service

    2018-01-15T10:18:46Z

    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

    2018-01-04T10:10:56Z

    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

    2017-12-28T09:17:06Z

    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.
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    Lighter and safer seats

    2017-12-28T07:00:00Z

    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

    2017-12-27T12:00:00Z

    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.
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    Penn Station Partners selected for Baltimore station modernisation

    2017-12-21T13:00:00Z

    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, ...

  • The curve leading onto the I-5 bridge had a 50 km/h speed limit. (Photo: John Froschauer/AP/REX/Shutterstock)
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    Overspeed focus in Amtrak derailment

    2017-12-20T18:14:01Z

    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

    2017-12-20T07:00:00Z

    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 ...

  • Map of the proposed Toronto – Windsor high speed line.
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    Ontario high speed rail study terms of reference tendered

    2017-12-18T14:16:14Z

    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

    2017-12-18T08:53:29Z

    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 ...