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Amtrak reaches new agreement with UTU
After more than two years of negotiations, the United Transportation Union Sheet Metal, Air, Rail & Transportation (UTU-SMART) general committees representing some 2,300 Amtrak members have reached a deal on…
BLET readies for 150th anniversary
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) will enter its 150th year on May 8, 2013. BLET notes that it is the oldest transportation labor organization in North America.
Rail shows largest improvement in ASCE infrastructure report card
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its "2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure" on Tuesday, March 19. The report is an assessment of 16 infrastructure categories in the…
CHSRA approves MOU for Bay area rail improvements
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) Board of Directors approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPB) to enhance the rail corridor between San…
FRA to study Oklahoma-Texas high-speed service
The Federal Railroad Administration has filed a Notice of Intent to prepare a Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with the Texas Department of Transportation to study potential new and/or…
Amtrak Board of Directors elects new chairman, vice chairman
The Amtrak Board of Directors elected Anthony Coscia to be its next chairman and elected Jeffrey Moreland as vice chairman.
Amtrak’s Vermonter sees reduction in travel time due to improvements
Amtrak's Vermonter service will be running on a revised schedule beginning March 18, between St. Albans, Vt. and Washington, D.C., reducing overall travel time by up to 28 minutes.
Florida East Coast Industries names All Aboard Florida leadership
Florida East Coast Industries, Inc. (FECI) appointed Donald Robinson as president and chief operating officer for All Aboard Florida, an intercity passenger rail system that will connect South Florida to…
FRA approves WSDOT environmental assessment for Point Defiance Bypass project
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has signed off on the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) environmental assessment for the Point Defiance Bypass project.
Amtrak covered 88 percent of operating costs in 2012
Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman said that the railroad is leveraging record ridership to reduce dependence on federal operating subsidies.
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