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FRA proposes safety standard updates allowing high-speed trains in the U.S.

Rail industry news / 22 November 2016 /

The U.S. Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has announced proposals for safety standard updates that will aid the introduction of high-speed trains.

FRA awards $25m to increase rail safety at crossings and train stations in the U.S.

Rail industry news / 11 October 2016 /

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has awarded $25 million in grants to improve safety at railroad crossings, train stations and crossings across the U.S.

Bombardier to provide fleet maintenance for California’s Metrolink

Rail industry news / 3 October 2016 /

Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) has awarded an eight-year maintenance service contract for the Metrolink commuter rail fleet to Bombardier Transportation.

Train crashes into Hoboken station New Jersey

Rail industry news / 29 September 2016 /

A train has reportedly ploughed into Hoboken station in the U.S. during morning rush hour on 29 September 2016.

Metra suspends rolling stock procurement for Chicago

Rail industry news / 15 August 2016 /

Chicago based railway operator Metra has temporarily suspended its search for the procurement of 367 cars due to changes in the availability of capital.

Brightline offers new transportation alternative in South Florida

Railway Extra, Z Homepage promo / 28 July 2016 /

Brightline – a new express intercity passenger rail service is due to open in Florida in 2017 connecting Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando

FirstGroup signs its first U.S. commuter rail contract in Texas

Rail industry news / 22 July 2016 /

FirstGroup has signed its first commuter rail contract in the United States for the operation and maintenance of a commuter rail service linking Denton and Dallas counties in Texas.

U.S. Brightline express rail system unveils new trains

Rail industry news / 20 June 2016 /

Brightline, the only privately-funded express passenger rail system in the USA, has unveiled new locomotives and passenger coaches for intercity services in 2017.

Redlands Passenger Rail Project progresses with contract award

Rail industry news / 17 June 2016 /

RailPros, a rail engineering and management company, has awarded a programme management services contract to CH2M to assist with the development of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project in California.

U.S. places order for 34 Siemens diesel-electric locomotives

Rail industry news / 9 November 2015 /

Three states of the USA have ordered a total of 34 Charger diesel-electric locomotives from Siemens with the capability of operating at speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour.

Network Rail Consulting joins US high-speed rail project

Rail industry news / 13 July 2015 /

California High-Speed Rail Authority has selected Network Rail Consulting, as part of a consultant team led by Parsons Brinckerhoff, to provide integration, program delivery and management for the first US high-speed rail network.

North American Intercity and High-Speed Rail 2011

Rail industry news / 8 February 2012 /

This timely report released by Mack Brooks details current US intercity rail operations and summarises the investment plans concerned…

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