Railway Age News

As we’ve been reporting and editorializing on for the past couple of weeks, Caltrain’s electrification project has been jeopardized by a delay of federal funding that is based on the state’s Republican delegation’s efforts to shut down the only-loosely connect high-speed rail program.

Progress Rail announced it has successfully completed initial emissions testing of a new switching locomotive, the EMD24B, and has begun the process of certifying the locomotive for EPA Tier 4 emissions standards.

MTA Metro-North Railroad and Zipcar, a leading provider of vehicle sharing services, on Feb. 24 launched the Hudson Valley Car Share initiative at nine train stations in New York State’s Hudson Valley. Passengers “can conveniently take a Zipcar from the station and easily travel to tourist destinations and other locations throughout the region,” Metro-North said.

Semi-autonomous Level 3 trucks will be ubiquitous on America’s highways within 5-10 years; driverless Level 5 vehicles some time after that, according to Cowen and Company Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor Jason Seidl. Cowen’s analysis by its various sector heads looks at potential impacts on the freight transportation industry, including railroads.

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) has presented a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement to the New York City-based team of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, STV and AECOM for developing the system-level design of Amtrak’s Gateway Project, which will improve rail access between New Jersey and Manhattan.

Reading & Northern Railroad has named William Clark as Senior Vice President Coal, where he will be responsible for managing the anthracite coal business, as well as the railroad’s freight car fleet of more than 1,200 cars. His appointment is effective March 1.

Containerized trade through the Port of Savannah grew 16.2% to 331,468 TEUs in January, a record month for tonnage, and another sign of strengthening box growth in the new year at U.S. ports.

The Port of Los Angeles marked the busiest January in its history as overall container traffic surged 17.4% from the same month a year ago.

The Port of Long Beach saw containerized cargo increase 8.7% in January from a year ago on increased activity at its largest terminal and extra ships calling ahead of the Lunar New Year.

Development along BNSF Railway's network totaled nearly $3.5 billion in 2016, including completion of a $1.3-billion steel mill in Arkansas and a sugar facility in Illinois.

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