Biden announces huge infrastructure investment today

Most Americans, regardless of political party, have lamented America’s crumbling infrastructure for nearly two decades.

Miami-Dade wants commuter rail on Brightline tracks

The Transportation Planning Organization Governing Board for Miami-Dade has been considering options for a mass-transit project.

Metra names McCann as chief operating officer

Metra has promoted Kevin McCann, who rose through the ranks to become head of the agency’s Mechanical Department, to be its next chief operating officer.

Rail Runner passenger service resumes

After not offering passenger service for about a year due to the pandemic, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express resumed limited service on Monday, March 8. The State of New Mexico has set guidelines for the reopening of commuter rail on a limited basis.

Winter hammers rail operations—Metra is a good example

Railroads that operate in northernmost regions in the U.S. face horrific winter conditions almost every year.

Keolis Commuter Rail to temporarily operate reduced service schedule starting Dec. 14

The MBTA and Keolis Commuter Services announced today that, due to low employee availability because of COVID-19 absences, Commuter Rail will temporarily operate a Reduced Service Schedule starting Monday, December 14. Regular

APTA: Commuter rail industry on track to meet year-end PTC deadline

With all of the news about politics, the election, and COVID, stories about PTC have moved to the inside pages of newspapers, so to speak. However, the final deadline for implementation of

U.S. DOT expands eligibility under streamlined rail financing program

The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that it will expand eligibility and provide more flexibility for a pilot program to expedite long-term, low-cost loans for America’s short line and regional railroads.

Mass. state representative concerned about practices at CRRC

Over the past couple of years, leaders of transit companies and U.S. government officials have expressed growing concern about the Chinese Railway Rolling Stock Corporation’s (CRRC) involvement in the manufacturing of commuter

Romayne C. Brown elected as Metra’s new chair

The Metra Board of Directors today unanimously elected Romayne C. Brown, a public transit veteran who represents Cook County, to be its next chair. “I am honored that my fellow directors have

NJ Transit commuter spends 90 minutes trapped on an empty train

This story sounds like something straight out of the Twilight Zone. On August 26, 2020 a woman boards the 7:56 a.m. NJ Transit commuter train in Woodbridge, N.J. for her daily journey

Metra weighed down by coronavirus woes

As the world continues to reel from the impact of the coronavirus, commuter rail operations have hit the skids. Earlier this week, RT&S reported on the troubles at MBTA in Boston, which

U.S. Senate passes $2T stimulus bill; rail/transit to receive billions

By a unanimous 96-0 vote, the U.S. Senate on March 26 passed H.R. 748, its version of a $2 trillion stimulus package for address the devastating economic and societal impacts of the


Chicago train services preparing for extreme cold this winter

Last year’s polar vortex in the Chicago area was no joke, and it might not be a no-show this winter season.

MBTA considering commuter rail upgrades

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is currently reviewing a variety of options around upgrading their commuter rail system. Specifically, the Authority is considering six options, with price tags of $1.7 billion

Metro-North employees fight being fingerprinted before and after shift

Metro-North rail employees do not want to leave any fingerprints … and they have the backing of the Association of Commuter Rail Employees (ACRE).


With PTC on 90 percent of required routes, railroad industry gets high marks on progress

The rail industry is coming down the final stretch, even if that stretch is 8,000 route miles long.


Metra to offer increased summer service on two lines

Metra, the commuter rail system serving the Chicago metropolitan area, is increasing weekend service as a pilot program on two lines this summer.


Illinois state funding to support two new Metra stations

Metra, the commuter rail system serving the Chicago metropolitan area, allocated funding last week for two new Chicago stations to its capital program after the state of Illinois confirmed that it would

Metra closes another ticketing office due to declining on-site sales

Metra, the commuter rail system serving the Chicago metropolitan area, is closing the ticket office at the Franklin Park Station due to declining on-site ticket sales the station along its Milwaukee District