U.S.: Amtrak reverses course on charging wheelchair users $25,000 to reconfigure train car

By Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY; January 21, 2020 Amtrak has reversed course and will not charge an accessibility advocacy group $25,000 for…

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U.S., Connecticut: A frank conversation with the transportation commissioner

By Jim Cameron, Connecticut Viewpoints, The Connecticut Mirror; January 16, 2020 Joseph Giulietti is finishing his first year as Commissioner…

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U.S. Commentary: Positive Train Control costs Alaska Railroad… does it add value?

By Darren Prokop, Freight Waves; January 16, 2020 Railroads and pipelines, unlike other modes of transportation, have to finance and…

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U.K.: Escaped cow blocks Scottish commuter train for an hour

By Ben Hooper, UPI; January 14, 2020 Jan. 14 (UPI) — A large highland cow was dubbed an “absolute unit”…

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U.S., Florida: Indian River County still pursuing legal cases against Brightline

By Jon Shainman, WPTV NBC 5; January 7, 2020 VERO BEACH, Fla. — Despite a potentially crippling setback in court,…

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U.S., Idaho: BNSF crews trapped in derailed train escape, make it to shore

By Colette Buck, KHQ Local News Producer, FOX ABC Montana; January 1, 2020 BONNERS FERRY, Idaho – Bonners Ferry Firefighters…

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Canada, Manitoba: Train with 13 people on board derails west of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba

By Megan Benedictson, Supervising Digital News Producer and Kayla Rosen, Editorial Producer, CTV News; December 31, 2019 WINNIPEG — A…

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U.S., Washington State: Plans to beef up Amtrak Cascades service in 2020 beset by multiple uncertainties

By Tom Banse, Northwest News Network, KUOW; December 23, 2019 A holiday wish of many Pacific Northwest rail fans is…

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U.S., New Jersey: NJ Transit graduates more engineers, says it has hired the most in its history

By Larry Higgs, NJ.com; December 11, 2019 Consider this class the Advanced Placement class of NJ Transit locomotive engineers, who…

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U.S., Washington State Report: Sound Transit Top Safety Officer Out

By Andrew Corselli, Managing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; December 5, 2019 According to a report from The Seattle Times, Sound Transit CEO…

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U.S., Florida: Indian River County to continue Brightline fight in 2020

By Jon Shainman, WPTV NBC 5; December 3, 2019 INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. — Indian River County plans to continue…

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U.S., Florida – Report: Brightline Has Highest U.S. Death Rate

By Andrew Corselli, Managing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; December 3, 2019 According to a report from the Associated Press, Brightline and its…

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U.S.: Connecticut Senator Blumenthal leads effort to end Amtrak’s shield from lawsuits

By Ana Radelat, The Connecticut Mirror; December 3, 2019 Washington — Sen. Richard Blumenthal is leading a congressional pushback against…

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Strike at Canada’s biggest railroad enters third day as talks continue

From Reuters, Edmonton Sun; November 21, 2019 MONTREAL/WINNIPEG — A strike at Canada’s biggest railroad, Canadian National Railway Co, entered…

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South Florida: Tri-Rail frustrated by maintenance issues, duct tape repair

By Robert Smith, Valliant News; November 14, 2019 You can add repairing railroad tracks to the 1,001 uses for duct…

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Lawmakers aim to thwart Amtrak forced-arbitration policy

By Jessica Wehrman, Roll Call; November 13, 2019 Lawmakers are in the initial stages of determining whether they can prevent…

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Illinois Congressman Dan Lipinski calls for Metra to take over Chicago Union Station from Amtrak after ‘disastrous’ service outage, falling concrete

By Mary Wisniewski, Chicago Tribune; November 13, 2019 After a “disastrous” service outage that delayed tens of thousands of passengers…

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Chicago Metra spending $15.5 million on security cameras in passenger cars

By Marni Pyke, Chicago Daily Herald; November 8, 2019 Metra plans to deploy an army of security cameras on all…

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Transportation Security Administration Administrator: No need for airport-like security for rail travel

From Stock Daily Dish; November 9, 2019 Airport-like security screenings are not necessary for Amtrak or other rail travel, the…

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Commentary: Taking ‘forever’ to assess safety impacts of liquified natural gas by rail?

By Jim Blaze, Freight Waves; November, 5, 2019 Safety is important.  Yet, we can do safety research and development a…

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Montana: Groups Plan To Sue Railroad Over Bear Deaths Near Glacier National Park

By Staff, National Parks Traveler; November 6, 2019 BNSF Railway Company is the target of a forthcoming lawsuit accusing the…

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Boston Critics: $10-$28 Billion Commuter Rail overhaul could be a ‘New Big Dig’

By Sean Philip Cotter and Mary Markos, Boston Herald; November 4, 2019 The MBTA is moving forward on a plan…

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Pennsylvania: Rat rides SEPTA train, causes chaos for passengers

By Virginia Streva, Staff, Philly Voice; November 3, 2019 Anyone who’s taken a SEPTA train before knows that rats exist…

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‘Not Safe, We’re All Worked To Death’: Denver Regional Transit District Train Operators Open Up About Driver Shortage

By Kati Weis, 4 CBS Denver; October 23, 2019 DENVER (CBS4) – There have been hundreds of trip cancellations on…

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