Bells & Whistles—Episode 16

What were the top news stories RT&S was following this week? Check out our latest Bells & Whistles.

railroad tracks

Conn. governor’s $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad

Going from 80 to 50 to 14 might be the right sequence for Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont. When Lamont first unveiled his transportation plan, he wanted to go overboard on tolling, which

Ottawa converts bus rapid transit into light rail line

Stage 1 of the Confederation Line, the first conversion of an exclusive bus rapid transit (BRT) system into a light rail transit in North America, recently made its debut in Canada’s capital

U.S. DOT announces availability of $24 million to restore, enhance intercity passenger rail

The U.S. DOT’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced on Nov. 6 the availability of $24 million in grant funding to initiate, restore, or enhance intercity passenger rail service around the country.

Sound Transit

Probable victory of Initiative 976 means financial pain for the state of Washington’s Sound Transit

The first round of votes in the state of Washington involving Initiative 976 does not look promising and has the Sound Transit bracing for the worst.

Norfolk Southern

Fifty-eight furloughed at Norfolk Southern yard in Tenn.

Layoffs continue to be part of the equation for Class 1 railroad companies in the U.S. Norfolk Southern announced 58 workers have been furloughed in the DeButts yard in Chattanooga, Tenn. Norfolk

Rail bridge

Accessible fire: Fire crews extinguish flames quickly on Genesee & Wyoming rail bridge

This time of year, no matter where you are in the U.S., the ground is never saturated. Not when you are talking about rail construction supplies like wooden ties and rail.


MBTA approves massive electrification project that will improve regional rail system

The feelings were electric. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) Fiscal and Management Control Board used one unanimous vote to clear the way for the electrification of the state’s commuter rail system.

Two months later Portland bridge still crippled following remote-controlled train derailment

A remote-controlled derailment in Portland, Ore., still has control over commuter traffic coming to and from Swan Island. Crews are still making repairs to the bridge that carries, when healthy, six lanes

Bells & Whistles—Episode 15: A visit with a short-liner

This week’s episode of Bells & Whistles features RT&S Editor-in-Chief Bill Wilson’s recent visit with the California Northern Railroad Co.