Billions to link Boston’s North and South stations, plus two Bostonians look to set new MBTA record

August 18, 2017

Study: Boston rail link to cost $4 billion to $6 billion By Michael P. Norton, State House News Service; August 17, 2017 BOSTON — Depending on its scope, a nearly three-mile underground rail line connecting North Station and South Station, the two rail hubs in downtown Boston, would cost between $4 billion and $6 billion, […]

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Scotland, New Zealand, and Baton Rouge: New trainsets, a skeptical government, and planning for new stations

August 18, 2017

Virgin Azuma debuts in Scotland on east coast test run By Digital Reporter, The Gazette; August 16, 2017 Virgin’s state-of-the-art Azuma train has visited Scotland for the first time as part of plans to transform Edinburgh-London rail journeys. The inaugural run north of the border was made as part of a testing programme by manufacturer […]

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CSX, customers and STB: The letters keep flying; now Harrison bashes customers

August 18, 2017

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age Magazine; August 17, 2017   “That opening is dreadful,” says one industry observer. “Harrison spits in the face of the Golden Rules of customer service. Rule No. 1: The customer is always right. Rule No 2: When the customer is wrong, refer to Rule No. 1.”   […]

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Cross or Don’t Cross: The Decision Could Save Your Life; others want UP workers

August 18, 2017

From Union Pacific Railroad, Inside Track, Community; August 17, 2017 About every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. Last year, more than 2,000 people chose not to wait for a train, and about 265 paid the ultimate price – their lives. Still, every day, […]

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Big plans for Alabama inland port

August 18, 2017

From Port Strategy; August 16, 2017 Birmingham-Jefferson County Port Authority and Watco have launched plans to make Port Birmingham in Alabama into a worldwide centre for imports and exports, local news website AL.com has reported. City and county officials recently put up $675,000 to develop the inland port so that it could entice industries to […]

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Ontario Northland remanufacturing and repair centre wows Hollywood

August 17, 2017

By Chris Dawson, Bay Today; August 16, 2017 The producers and the talent of the detective series “Carter”, which is being filmed in North Bay this summer, were amazed by what they saw recently when they shot a scene in the Ontario Northland remanufacturing and repair centre here in North Bay. Jerry O’Connell, the show’s […]

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New Brunswick governments urged to get off ‘caboose’ and save Ocean rail service

August 17, 2017

By Elizabeth Fraser, CBC News, August 16, 2017 A new report says that without urgent improvements to Via Rail’s Ocean service, including the restoration of a daily schedule, the passenger service will die. The rail link between Montreal and Halifax stops in Moncton, Miramichi, Bathurst, Campbellton and other smaller communities in northern New Brunswick. But Greg […]

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Manitoba: Tourism not a total loss in Churchill, and the transportation transformation for Canadian cities

August 17, 2017

Tourism not a total loss in Churchill By Dylan Robertson, Winnipeg Free Press; August 17, 2017 OTTAWA — As Churchill enters Week 12 with no rail service — and no solution in sight — a major tourism operator has cancelled its polar bear viewing season. But the northern town continues to attract visitors from across […]

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Chicago Metra board picks new leader, and some Blue Island service adjustments made

August 17, 2017

Press releases from Chicago Metra: Metra Board picks James M. Derwinski to lead agency (August 16, 2017) – The Metra Board of Directors has unanimously selected James M. Derwinski to be the next Executive Director/CEO of the commuter rail agency. Mr. Derwinski, 49, has had a long career in Metra’s Mechanical Department and currently serves as […]

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World of CSX: Coal baron attacks; jobs cut; grain growers mad; juice train rolls

August 17, 2017

Irrepressible coal baron takes aim at CSX Written by Frank N. Wilner, Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; August 16, 2017 The luster is fading from Hunter Harrison’s “Dr. Fixit” image faster than an old jalopy’s back-alley paint job. His boisterous March arrival as CEO of CSX put in motion warp-speed, backfiring directives changing culture, operating […]

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