All North America articles – Page 5

  • SBCTA has ordered three Stadler Flirt DMUs to operate the Arrow service.
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    Redlands Passenger Rail construction contract awarded

    2019-02-26T15:47:56Z

    USA: Construction work for the 14·5 km Redlands Passenger Rail Project in southern California is on course to start later this year, following the selection of Flatiron Construction Corp as preferred bidder for the $154m main works contract. The $312m Redlands project is being promoted by San Bernadino County Transit ...

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    Metra orders rebuilt freight locomotives

    2019-02-22T14:25:00Z

    USA: A $70·9m contract for Progress Rail to supply 15 rebuilt EMD SD70MAC freight locomotives to haul its commuter trains was approved by the board of Chicago operator Metra on February 20. There are options for up to 27 more if funding is made available. The remanufactured locomotives will be ...

  • Californian Governor Gavin Newsom has pledged to complete the Initial Operating Section of the high speed programme, which would be built in the Central Valley.
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    FRA pulls funds from California high speed project

    2019-02-20T13:59:03Z

    USA: The Federal Railroad Administration announced on February 19 that it intended to cancel $929m of federal grant destined for the high speed rail project in California. In addition, FRA ‘is actively exploring every legal option to seek the return from California of $2·5bn in Federal funds FRA previously granted ...

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    BNSF announces $3·57bn capital investment plan

    2019-02-19T15:19:57Z

    USA: BNSF is planning to spend $3·57bn under its 2019 capital investment plan, up from $3·4bn in 2018 and 2017. It said the emphasis would continue to be on maintaining and expanding its 52 000 route-km network in 28 US states and three Canadian provinces. The infrastructure and rolling stock ...

  • A scaling back of the high speed rail project in California was announced by Governor Gavin Newsom in his first State of the State address.
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    California high speed rail plan scaled back

    2019-02-12T21:49:22Z

    USA: A scaling back of the high speed rail project in California was announced by Governor Gavin Newsom in his first State of the State address on February 12. Newsom said the project 'as currently planned' would 'cost too much and take too long', and added that there had been ...

  • The Penn Station Access plan would see four new stations built in the Bronx, to be served by Metro-North commuter trains.
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    Amtrak plans to serve Long Island as Metro-North seeks Penn access

    2019-02-06T14:51:36Z

    USA: Amtrak announced on February 5 that it had reached agreement with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority covering two enhancements to passenger services. The first is a long-standing proposal to allow MTA Metro-North to use Amtrak infrastructure to reach Penn Station in Manhattan, while the second envisages investment to ...

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    CTA investigates Vancouver rail freight

    2019-02-01T15:34:14Z

    CANADA: On January 29 the Canadian Transportation Agency held its first public hearing for an investigation into ‘possible freight rail service issues’ in the Vancouver area. The investigation is looking into whether there is evidence of discriminatory treatment of certain commodities, how freight rail permits and/or embargoes to manage traffic ...

  • ‘Norfolk Southern’s financial results in 2018 clearly demonstrate improved financial performance and our commitment to delivering shareholder value’, said NS Chairman, President & CEO James A Squires.
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    Norfolk Southern announces improved financial performance

    2019-01-31T17:10:00Z

    USA: ‘Norfolk Southern’s financial results in 2018 clearly demonstrate improved financial performance and our commitment to delivering shareholder value’, said NS Chairman, President & CEO James A Squires when presenting the railway’s annual results on January 24. s ‘Our confidence to deliver improved value to our shareholders – as underscored ...

  • ‘2018 was a record by almost every measure and will be remembered as a watershed year for our company’, said Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd President & CEO Keith Creel.
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    'Record by almost every measure' in Canadian Pacific's 'watershed' year

    2019-01-31T12:00:00Z

    CANADA: ‘2018 was a record by almost every measure and will be remembered as a watershed year for our company’, said Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd President & CEO Keith Creel when presenting the operator’s results for the 2018 calendar year on January 23. ‘Our record operating results are proof that ...

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    Virgin Trains USA launches IPO

    2019-01-30T16:15:28Z

    USA: Private sector inter-city rail project promoter Virgin Trains USA announced an initial public offering of 28·3 million shares of common stock on January 30. The expected price is between $17 and $19 per share. The shares are to be listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market. Prior to the ...

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    Distribution deal signed after InnoTrans demonstration

    2019-01-28T05:00:00Z

    USA: Having seeing the product in action at InnoTrans 2018, PowerRail has negotiated to be the sole US distributor of German company SORB’s PowerSORB, an organic material which can absorb up to four times its own weight of spilled lubricants, oils, paints, dyes, coolants and other fluids on surfaces ...

  • Wabtec Corp and GE Transportation announced a modification to the terms of their merger agreement on January 25.
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    GE to have bigger stake in Wabtec under modified merger terms

    2019-01-25T15:26:07Z

    USA: Wabtec Corp and GE Transportation announced a modification to the terms of their merger agreement on January 25. The transaction is expected to close by the end of February, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of customary closing conditions. Under the modified arrangement, GE will complete the spin-off of ...

  • Amtrak has issued a Request for Proposals for the supply of single-deck coaches (Photo: Amtrak).
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    Amtrak seeks Amfleet I replacements

    2019-01-22T16:05:31Z

    USA: Amtrak has issued a Request for Proposals for the supply of single-deck coaches to replace its 470 Amfleet I and ex-Metroliner vehicles, which are more than 40 years old. This follows a request for information issued last July. Requests to participate should be submitted by February 13. The base ...

  • The merger of Wabtec and GE Transportation is now expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2019.
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    Wabtec and GE Transportation expect to merge in first quarter

    2019-01-15T10:19:30Z

    USA: The US Department of Justice has closed its review of the pending merger of Wabtec and GE Transportation, the companies announced on January 15. General Electric announced in November 2017 that its was looking to dispose of its Transportation business, and a definitive merger agreement with Wabtec was announced ...

  • The TEX Rail commuter line opened on January 10 (Photo: Trinity Metro).
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    TEX Rail commuter line opens

    2019-01-10T14:26:13Z

    USA: The 43 km TEX Rail commuter line linking central Fort Worth with Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport opened on January 10, when the first train left North Side station at 03.38. The line developed by regional transport authority Trinity Metro starts at the Texas & Pacific Station in Fort Worth ...

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    CN and CP exceed grain revenue entitlements

    2019-01-08T15:08:00Z

    CANADA: The Canadian Transportation Agency has ruled that Canadian National and Canadian Pacific exceeded their maximum grain revenue entitlements for the crop year running from August 2017 to July 2018. The Canada Transportation Act requires the CTA to set an annual limit to the average revenue per tonne which the ...

  • Opening of the TEX Rail commuter line in Texas has been postponed.
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    Incomplete approvals delay TEX Rail opening

    2019-01-07T14:25:00Z

    USA: The opening of the 43 km TEX Rail commuter line in Texas was postponed the evening before the planned January 5 launch date, with transport authority Trinity Metro saying it had been unable to get clearance from the Federal Railroad Administration to operate the entire route. A new opening ...

  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit has awarded a joint venture of Archer Western and Herzog Contracting a $783m contract to build the Cotton Belt commuter rail line.
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    Cotton Belt commuter line construction contract awarded

    2019-01-04T09:54:23Z

    USA: Dallas Area Rapid Transit has awarded a joint venture of Archer Western and Herzog Contracting a $783m contract to build the 42 km Cotton Belt commuter rail line, with assistance from lead designer Jacobs Engineering. Construction is scheduled to begin this year for completion by the end of 2022. ...

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    Amtrak orders long-distance Chargers

    2018-12-22T10:28:01Z

    USA: National passenger operator Amtrak has ordered 75 SC-44 Charger locomotives from Siemens Mobility to start the renewal of its long-distance motive power fleet. Under the $744m contract announced on December 21, the locomotives are to be assembled at the Siemens plant in Sacramento, for delivery between mid-2021 and the ...

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    Indiana funds crossing safety improvements

    2018-12-21T15:00:00Z

    USA: Indiana Department of Transportation is has announced more than $121m of one-off funding under its Local Trax programme to support 12 level crossing safety improvement projects including grade separation and crossing closures. ‘Local Trax funding is targeted toward the highest priority rail crossings where accidents have been frequent, chronic ...