Train control safety rule stalls Tri-Rail to MiamiCentral Station

By Catherine Lackner, Miami Today; June 18, 2019 Another roadblock has temporarily stalled Tri-Rail trains from steaming into Miami Central…

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Montana Rail Link budgets record capex

By Jeff Stagl, Editor, Progressive Railroading Magazine; June 2019 Capital spending for Montana Rail Link (MRL) is up in 2019…

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National Transportation Safety Board ‘amazed at the amount of failure’ by agencies in fatal 2017 Amtrak derailment south of Tacoma, Washington

By Mike Lindblom, Staff Reporter, Seattle Times; May 21, 2019 Washington state’s lightweight Talgo trains that carried 800,000 Amtrak Cascades…

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John Breunig: Connecticut rail tips from strangers on a train

By John Breunig, Editorial Page Editor, The Stamford Advocate; April 28, 2019 I hop aboard the 9:05 a.m. from Danbury…

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Will rail freight service benefit from better technology?

By Jim Blaze, Freight Waves; March 29, 2019 Today, freight railroading has the opportunity to use two business processes to…

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Opinion: In trying times, wise railroaders shouldn’t clam up to the news media

By William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age Magazine; March 4, 2019 “HOW SAFE ARE AMERICA’S RAILROADS? Lesley Stahl reports on…

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Feds say New Jersey Transit doesn’t need its OK to reopen Atlantic City line

By Colt Shaw, Staff Writer, PressofAtlanticCity.com; February 5, 2019 For weeks, one of the reasons given for the continued shutdown…

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Union Pacific Reports Positive Train Control Progress: Installation Completed and Passenger Routes Implemented

A press release from Union Pacific Railroad; February 5, 2019: Omaha, Nebraska Union Pacific installed Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment…

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New Jersey Transit to start restoring PTC-impacted services in Q2

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; January 28, 2019 New Jersey Transit late last week announced plans to begin restoring rail service…

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New Jersey Transit met safety deadline. But it had to do some weird things

By Curtis Tate, North Jersey Record; January 3, 2019 Yes, NJ Transit finished the required work on a safety system…

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Is that an empty car on the train? Yes, but it’s actually helping commuters, New Jersey Transit says

By Larry Higgs, NJ.com; January 3, 2019 Why is there an empty rail car that is unavailable to commuters in…

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Infrastructure push will hit familiar roadblocks in new Congress

By Sam Mintz, Politico Morning Transportation; January 2, 2019 … —All 41 railroads required by law to implement positive train…

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Midwest Amtrak riders between St. Louis and Chicago are still waiting for 90 and 110 mph speeds

By Mark Schlinkmann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News; December 31, 2018 While most of a $1.95-billion upgrade of the…

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Feds award PTC grants to Amtrak for the Southwest Chief route, Metra and New Jersey Transit

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; December 21, 2018 U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) yesterday announced $9.16 million in federal funding toward…

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Cascades Service: Last year’s Amtrak derailment set back regional train service expansion by years

By Tom Banse, NW News Network; December 18, 2018 Last December’s Amtrak derailment near DuPont, Washington, did more than cost…

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Washington State DOT says it’s on track for train safety deadline

By Alex Bruell, Reporter, TDN.com; December 18, 2018 Amtrak and state transportation officials say they’ve completed installation of a new…

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Citing PTC costs, Virginia Railway Express eyes fare increase

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; November 8, 2018 The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is considering raising fares by 3 percent in…

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Here’s Why Your New Jersey Transit Commute Has Gotten Even Worse

By Elise Young, Bloomberg; October 18, 2018 A New Jersey Transit safety project that’s strangling train service to Manhattan was…

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Positive Train Control: Most Passenger Railroads Expect to Request an Extension and Substantial Work Remains Beyond 2018 Says Government Accountability Office Report

A press release from the United States Government Accountability Office; October 3, 2018: Forty railroads, including Amtrak, commuter, and freight…

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Inspector General report: Amtrak makes financial gains but safety issues persist

By Ashley Halsey III, The Washington Post; October 1, 2018 Amtrak cut its annual operating losses by nearly half last…

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It’s New Jersey Transit’s go-to excuse for canceling trains, but it’s not the whole story

By Larry Higgs, NJ.com; September 24, 2018 For NJ Transit commuters, the initials PTC might as well stand for Potential…

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New Jersey Transit Cancels Dozens of Train Runs, Warns of More Crowding; Discounts Coming

By Elise Young, Bloomberg; September 20, 2018 New Jersey Transit will cancel dozens of trains, including several along its most-used…

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Why can’t you get a seat on Metro-North? It’s complicated, but let us explain

By Thomas C. Zambito, Rockland/Westchester Journal News; September 19, 2018 Wondering why you can’t get a seat on Metro-North even…

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Here’s what is coming down the tracks for the Music City Star in Nashville, Tennessee

By Meg Garner, Reporter, Nashville Business Journal; September 17, 2018 Nashville’s lone commuter rail is slated to face a series…

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Amtrak May Put Passengers on Buses in Fight Over Safety Upgrade

By Alan Levin, Bloomberg; September 13, 2018 As railroads across the nation race to complete a congressional deadline for installing…

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