Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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On May 1, 1971, Amtrak began operations as an intercity passenger rail service provider, marking today, May 1, 2013, as its 42nd anniversary. As Amtrak celebrates this milestone, it is seeking a multi-year federal investment.

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 14:21

Network Rail comes to North America

Network Rail Consulting, the international consultancy arm of rail infrastructure company Network Rail, has joined the North American rail market after bidding to become a part of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor (NEC) Partner Forum.

To remind the public of the dangers of walking along, playing by or cutting across its train and trolley tracks and through its rail yards and depots, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) held its first-ever "Make the Safe Choice" Safety Awareness Day on May 1.

The government of Canada has made a CA$9.3-million (US$9.2 million) commitment to improve railway crossings, as it celebrates Rail Safety Week.

President Obama nominated Anthony Foxx as the next Secretary of Transportation, replacing Ray LaHood. Foxx is currently the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., who took office in 2009.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 12:56

UP named 2012 Rail Carrier of the Year

Lowe's Home Improvement named Union Pacific its 2012 Rail Carrier of the Year, making this the second consecutive year UP won this award and the third time overall since Lowe's began its rail carrier recognition program in 2009.

With trespassing being the leading cause of rail-related fatalities in the United States, Canadian National is marking Rail Safety Week through May 5, 2013, with a public awareness campaign stressing the deadly risks of trespassing on railway tracks and property.

New Jersey Transit has introduced a mobile ticketing pilot program that will transform Pascack Valley Line customers' smart phones into their train tickets.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority has proposed a Fiscal Year 2014 Budget that will preserve existing transit service and avoid a previously projected 25-cent fare increase as part of a five-year strategy to stabilize the agency's finances, improve the overall customer experience and build employee morale.

As part of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Capital Program, an $8.6-million effort is underway to stabilize a portion of Metro-North Railroad's Hudson Line where tracks sit on a thin ledge near the river.

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