A project decades in the making to speed train service between New Haven and Springfield has officially opened. Both Amtrak and CTrail Hartford line trains share the line, and cross-ticketing is accepted. The menu is now available on Regional and Acela trains. Massachusetts is seeking proposals for a consultant team to study the feasibility of passenger rail service to link Boston with the western half of the state.
Due to a tunnel collapse last month in Oregon, Amtrak will continue busing Coast Starlight passengers between Eugene and Klamath Falls through June Work to clear the tunnel is taking longer than expected. Several people suffered minor injuries when a Greyhound bus and tractor-trailer crashed early June 15 along Interstate 70 in Hagerstown, Md. Preliminary investigation revealed that the bus had rear-ended the truck. Approximately 60 people were on the bus, and the bus driver had to be cut from the vehicle.
Bombardier Transportation inaugurated a new final assembly hall at its Bautzen plant in Sachsen, Germany, on June The car struck the front of the second locomotive, and the year-old driver of the car was taken to a hospital. There were no injuries to anyone on board the train, but there was minor damage to the locomotive.
BNSF has asked the U. At issue is the operation of other railroads on BNSF trackage, some of which will not have completed their own PTC installation by the deadline, the end of this year. The Chicago Infrastructure Trust has selected a firm headed by Elon Musk to build, finance, operate and maintain a new high-speed tunnel between downtown and O'Hare International Airport. Known as the Chicago Express Loop, the system will feature 'electric skate' vehicles that will whisk passengers through tunnels at a speed up to MPH.
A new railway viaduct crossing Sokjon Bay supporting a rail line connecting a fishing port development on the Songjon peninsula to the national rail network opened late last month. Carload Express is expanding with the lease of Service had been previously operated by Bay Coast Railroad.
Siemens has revealed details of a concept for its next-generation high-speed train, the Velaro Novo. The new design will offer a 30 pct reduction in energy consumption at MPH, compared with previous Velara models. Aerodynamic improvements include streamlined bogie housing, gangway connections, pantograph shrouding and covered high-voltage equipment on the roof. While trains in Indonesia are not typically known as a luxurious means of transportation, the state-owned railway company does operate a 'luxury car,' consisting of 18 seats.
The Association of American Railroads reported total U. The station will serve as a hub for Amtrak and other intercity and local transit options. Projects currently in progress include 60 miles of double track, 11 new sidings or siding extensions, and eight yard expansions. All should be completed in November. Ford Motor Company has completed a deal to purchase Detroit's year-old Michigan Central Station, which has been unused since Twenty-two percent of Amtrak's named long-distance trains arrived at their final destination on time or earlier in the week ending June 10, The remaining 78 percent, on average, arrived one hour and 48 minutes behind schedule.
A quarter-mile elevated rail park is scheduled to open to visitors June 14, the first phase of a linear park that supporters envision to eventually span three miles through the center of Philadelphia using a former Reading Railroad right-of-way.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will halt service later this month along a portion of its Newburyport-Rockport commuter rail line to advance work on the Gloucester drawbridge replacement project. The original bridge was built in A garbage trauck driver who drove into the path of an Amtrak train carrying members of Congress Jan. Cruise operator Carnival Corp. The rail line was built during the Klondike Gold Rush of , closed in , and revived as a tourist service in It operates in Alaska, British Columbia and Yukon.
Earlier the company announced that stations generating fewer than 40 passengers a day would lose their ticket agent, citing also a decline in over-the-counter sales nationwide in favor of phone and on-line ticket purchases. Connecticut says the test runs were part of the final preparations for the launch of the rehabilitated Hartford Line between New Haven and Springfield. CSX is soliciting bids on six rail segments totaling more than miles of track as part of its continuing strategy to sell underused assets.
Included are the Massena line north from Syracuse; the Baldwinsville subdivision west of Syracuse; a collection or properties near Albany; feeder lines extending east of Corbin, Kentucky; North Carolina lines terminating in Grangers and Plymouth; and the Marietta subdivision north from Parkersburg, W.
CSX is committed to making sure local operators continue service for freight customers as it seeks buyers. The plan begins with an order for 1, cars, with plans to order an additional 4, cars over a four-year period.
Norfolk Southern continues to work to restore service to its main line east of Asheville, N. The company projects its return to service in early July.
In the meantime, trains are being rerouted. Norfolk Southern is going on a 'massive hiring spree' to meet demand for railway workers in Indiana. The railroad needs to hire up to 65 train conductors within the next year, and plans to hold job fairs across northeast Indiana to fill those positions.
A judge found the Kansas Dept. The ruling was in response to a complaint filed by the affected railroads for the assessment year. GE Transportation has compleed the first of Evolution-series diesel locomotives for Canadian National, which it is building at its plant in Texas. The Mohave County, Arizona, Sheriff's office says one person died and another was injured in a train collision near Truxton, northeast of Kingman, June 5.
Deputies reported one train had derailed and the other sustained 'significant damage. Authorities say an Amtrak Keystone train hit a farm tractor stopped on the tracks June 5 in Rapho Twp. Included in the project are a new CSX flyover bridge, a street underpass, and new tracks and crossovers at belt railroads. Construction is expected to begin this fall. The station opened in Connecticut will begin the first half of the Ann Street Railroad Bridge superstructure replacement the weekend of June 8, continuing the following weekend.
The renewed bridge, which accommodates Metro-North service, will carry a third track to provide train storage. Amtrak is looking to either purchase or upgrade between 50 and 75 locomotives that will primarily replace its aging P40 and P42 diesel locomotives.
The company says the units are nearing the end of their life-expectancy. Corman Railroad Switching Co. In the first-quarter , Via Rail Canada saw a The commute for thousands of NJ Transit train riders will face a dramatic change in schedules that includes temporarily cutting trains or changes in origin and destination in order to accommodate installation of positive train-control technology.
Amtrak's just-instituted practice of providing sleeping-car passengers on two long-distance trains with so-called 'contemporary and fresh dining choices' is 'nothing more than a cold snack in a cardboard box being delivered to passengers in their rooms,' the Amtrak Service Workers Council of the Transport Workers Union of American says.
Rail freight operator Serbia Cargo has ordered eight multi-system Vectro locomotives from Siemens Austria for delivery by the end of March A landslide June 2 caused the suspension of Amtrak service between Portland and Seattle. Service is expected to resume after 48 hours. Twenty-six percent of Amtrak's named long-distance trains arrived at their final destination on time or earlier in May The remaining 74 percent, on average, arrived one hour and 30 minutes late. Also, the company expects to achieve a 60 pct operating ratio on a full-year basis by A new partnership agreement has been reached to transfer ownership of the Port of Churchill, Manitoba, and restore rail service to northern Manitoba, the Canadian government has announced.
Rail service on the Hudson Bay line was stopped in May due to severe flooding and washouts. Amtrak has begun offering assigned-seating for passengers traveling first-class on Acela trains. On select departures, passengers may now choose a single or double seat, a window or an aisle seat, or a two- or four-person conference table.
Four Italian operators are the first customers for the Bombardier Traxx DC3 electric locomotive design. The DC3 can be supplied or retrofitted with 'last mile' capability for use on non-electrified tracks in freight terminals and ports. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference reached a tentative agreement May 30 with Canadian Pacific to renew the collective agreement for over 3, conductors and locomotive engineers, ending a strike that began May Full service will resume May 31 at 6 A.
The tentative agreement must now be ratified by members, a process which will take place over the coming months. The Association of American Railroads reported U. Calculated separately, carload traffic increased 3 pct, while intermodal traffic increased 5.
More than 3, Canadian Pacific Railway workers walked off the job late May 29, but a tentative agreement was reached with the Teamsters Union just hours later to end the strike. Full operations are expected to resume early May A study by the Virginia Dept. Officials with Union Pacific say trains are being rerouted after debris from a tunnel fell on the track during maintenance operations southwest of Eugene, Oregon.
There were no injuries. Trains are being rerouted through Bend. The first new cab car shell in Caltrain's car electrified fleet has been cleared for painting, and the second cab car shell is being sent to a lab to undergo structoral verification testing. James Schwichtenberg, a year railroad veteran, has joined CSX as vice-president and chief safety officer, overseeing coordination efforts with DEKRA, the company's safety consulting firm. He comes to CSX after most recently serving as senior director of regulatory and operating practices at Canadian National.
Twenty-eight percent of Amtrak's named long-distance trains arrived at their final destination on time or earlier in the week ending May 27, The remaining 72 percent, on average, arrived one hour and 34 minutes late.
Theyear-old Michigan Central Station in Detriot closed in After years of failed plans to repurpose the story building, the Ford Motor Company is now in talks to possibly buy the facility. In the year , a free-spirited pup named Roxey ruled the rails.
A lady boarded a Long Island Rail Road train and handed per puppy to a railroad employee. Then, due to some mysterious mixup en route, Roxey and his owner were never reunited.
The orphaned puppy spent the next dozen years riding the rails.