USA railroad industry news

Business news about railway and urban transit infrastructure, operations, policy, projects and the supply industry in the United States of America.

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    California orders more hydrogen trainsets


    USA: California’s Department of Transportation has ordered six more Stadler Flirt H2 hydrogen fuel cell multiple-units. The $127m order announced on February 15 has been placed using an October 2023 framework contract which included an $80m firm order for four trains with options for up to ...

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    Hyundai Rotem USA wins Los Angeles metro train contract


    USA: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority has selected Hyundai Rotem USA as the winner of a contract to supply metro trains. The $663·7m order approved by the board on January 25 covers 182 vehicles, with an option to order 50 more. Designated HR5000, the trains ...

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    Trainline targets airport users during Super Bowl


    USA: Ticket retailer Trainline is to show an advertisement for European rail travel on TV screens at US international airport terminals during Super Bowl LVIII commercial breaks, while on-screen adverts will appear during the game. ‘The Super Bowl has a near-mythical status in US culture and ...

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    USA: Manhattan congestion charge is key to New York investment


    New York MTA hopes its congestion charging scheme will go live in mid-2024, which could provide a revenue stream to kick-start investment in renewal and expansion of the Subway network, as Benjámin Zelki and Nick Kingsley explain.

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    New York’s first walk-through Subway trainset enters service


    USA: The first R211T open gangway trainsets being supplied by Kawasaki Rail Car for the New York Subway entered service on February 1 on the C/Eighth Avenue Local Line linking Washington Heights and East New York. New York state Governor Kathy Hochul, Metropolitan ...

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    Amtrak sets out 2024 plans as it aims to double ridership by 2040


    USA: Amtrak has announced the steps it will take this year in support of its ‘ambitious’ plans to double annual ridership to 66 million passengers in 2040. On February 1, the national passenger operator’s President Roger Harris said Amtrak has two overarching objectives for 2024: ‘improving ...

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    New Jersey Transit pilots track monitoring ‘force multiplier’


    Mock dashboard USA: Humatics has been awarded a 12-month contract to pilot its Focus track condition monitoring technology on the New Jersey Transit network. This will expand current trials from an initial 16 track-km of monitored track to more than 160 km. ...

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    Chicago commuter operator allows bikes on all trains


    USA: Chicago commuter operator Metra is making permanent a Covid-era policy allowing bicycles on all trains from February 1, and has begun manufacturing and installing bike racks on its coaches.

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    Extension takes Phoenix light rail over the freeway


    USA: ‘We have made the leap over one of our busiest and most vital freeways with a bridge that opens the door to the West Valley’, said CEO of Phoenix’s Valley Metro Jessica Mefford-Miller when celebrations marked the opening of the Northwest Phase II light rail extension on January 27.

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    Gas-fuelled freight locomotive under development


    USA: Plans have been unveiled for the development and testing of a prototype main line freight locomotive with a powered tender, which will be fuelled by renewable natural gas. RNG is a purified biogas that can be used interchangeably with conventional natural gas. ...

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    Network Rail Consulting awarded California high speed rail contract


    USA: The consultancy arm of British infrastructure manager Network Rail has been awarded a $73·2m contract to provide rail systems engineering services to the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Network Rail Consulting will be supported by subconsultants Egis and Ricardo, as well as local companies C2PM DR ...

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    Norfolk Southern aims for low-carbon future


    USA: Norfolk Southern has released its inaugural Climate Transition Plan, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emission intensity by 42% by 2034. Plans include the use of innovative technologies and operating practices to improve locomotive fuel consumption, which accounts for over 90% of the company’s scope 1 ...

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    Californian high speed train shortlist announced


    USA: The California High-Speed Rail Authority has shortlisted two qualified bidders for a planned contract to supply high speed trainsets for the project. They are Alstom Transportation Inc and Siemens Mobility Inc. The authority expects to release the request for proposals in the coming months, followed ...

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    New partner in train ferry joint venture


    NORTH AMERICA: Grupo México Transportes is to buy SEACOR Holdings’ stake in the CG Railway joint venture with Genesee & Wyoming which operates train ferry services across the Gulf of Mexico between the ports of Mobile in Alabama and Coatzacoalcos in Veracruz. ‘This further strengthens our ...

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    Chicago Transit Authority seeks to help small companies win business


    USA: Chicago Transit Authority has opened applications for its nine-week Small Business Educational Series, which aims to help local small and disadvantaged businesses participate in its contracts. Industry leaders will teach participants how to procure business opportunities, manage projects, protect against risk, run payroll correctly, create ...

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    Amtrak begins procurement to renew Long Distance train fleet


    USA: Amtrak has issued a request for proposals for a ‘once-in-a-generation, multi-billion-dollar’ procurement of double-deck rolling stock to replace its Long Distance fleet. The RFP was informed by the responses to a request for information issued in December 2022. Amtrak is soliciting offers from established companies ...

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    Chicago Transit Authority to launch Innovation Studio


    USA: Chicago Transit Authority is to launch an Innovation Studio which will solicit ideas for improving the customer experience, enhancing operations and addressing safety and security challenges. CTA will release several ‘problem statements’ based on feedback from employees and customers that identify specific challenges. Companies will ...

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    AITX completes SMBC Rail acquisition


    USA: ITE Management affiliate American Industrial Transport has completed its acquisition of 50 000 wagons and activities formerly owned by SMBC Rail Services. SMBC RS Chief Executive Michael McCarthy has been appointed President of American Industrial Transport, and SMBC RS President Texas Howard has been named ...

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    Proposed US wagon regulations target countries of concern


    USA: The Federal Railroad Administration is seeking comments on a proposal to amend the Freight Car Safety Standards to limit the use of sensitive technology or components that originate from designated countries of concern or are sourced from state-owned enterprises from such a country. The changes ...

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    Regional Rail buys two short lines


    USA: The 70 km Indiana Eastern Railroad and 100 km Ohio South Central Railroad have been acquired by Regional Rail. The two Class III railways join the 3i-backed short line group alongside the Effingham Railroad Co, South Point & Ohio Railroad and Illinois Western Railroad Co ...