Chicago’s Metra hopes reduced service will bolster construction this spring, summer

The reductions in Chicago Metra service due to the COVID-19 pandemic are having one positive side effect for the railroad. With fewer trains operating on the system, Metra is planning to get

Special Podcast Series—The Coronavirus and the Rail Industry: BART moves forward with construction

Railway Track & Structures Magazine Editor-in-Chief Bill Wilson talks with Alicia Trost at the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) on how the agency is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. For the latest

Sound Transit

Contractors fail to take COVID-19 safety precautions, so Sound Transit shuts down most jobs

Due to COVID-19 risks, Sound Transit is directing contractors to suspend almost all construction on its transit expansion projects across the region. The very limited work that does continue will focus on

Canadian Pacific

Rail groups furious about FRA safety waiver during pandemic, claiming it ‘reaches new depths of arrogance and tyranny’

Railroad Workers United is not happy with how the Trump administration or the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is handling COVID-19. The FRA announced a waiver of most rail safety standards for 60

Washington State passes law requiring at least two crew persons on freight trains

A bill requiring at least two crew persons on most freight trains operating within Washington State was recently signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee (D). The effective date of the bill

UPDATED APRIL 2—Rail Group Staff Report: Global railway industry response & impacts, COVID-19 pandemic

Following is a staff report from the editors at Railway Age, Railway Track & Structures and International Railway Journal that will be continuously updated with the latest developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic

Special Podcast Series—The Coronavirus and the Rail Industry: Freight railroads and rail equipment market analysis

Eric Starks, Todd Tranausky and David Nahass. What is the depth of decrease in freight volumes as a result of COVID-19? Is there an increased percentage of freight rail moving over to

Norfolk Southern says coronavirus poses financial risks

Norfolk Southern yesterday added its voice to the chorus of Class 1 railroads that have reported to the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) that the coronavirus pandemic could have a significant impact

New Yorkers ignoring social distancing on MTA trains

The city of New York is being called the epicenter of COVID-19 in the U.S., and despite pleas from officials to either stay home or execute social distancing, photos on social media

Association of American Railroads traffic report for March and the week ending March 28, 2020

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) yesterday reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 28, 2020, as well as volumes for March 2020. U.S. railroads originated 899,673 carloads in March