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Keep up to date on the latest railroad news from the northeastern United States and Canada, edited by Carl Perelman.

Rail Unions Petition Homeland Security To Enhance Passenger Rail Security After U.S. Capitol Insurrection

January 15, 2021

Rail Unions Petition Homeland Security To Enhance Passenger Rail Security After U.S. Capitol Insurrection

The leaders of two of the nation’s largest railroad worker unions urgently petitioned the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a letter Jan. 13 to enact a “No-Ride List” on passenger rail carriers after the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington D.C. The International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers — Transportation Division (SMART-TD) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) demanded that the DHS take immediate executive action to tighten passenger rail security in line with aviation security overseen by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

MARC Cancels Service Prior to Presidential Inauguration

January 15, 2021

MARC Cancels Service Prior to Presidential Inauguration

In response to expanded security efforts associated with the upcoming Presidential inauguration,  MARC Train will suspend all service on the Penn, Camden and Brunswick lines Sunday, January 17, through and including Wednesday, January 20.  MARC Train is expected to resume service on all three lines on Thursday, January 21.  MARC Train will operate as scheduled on Friday, January 15, and Saturday, January 16. 

New Jersey Governor Murphy Celebrates Final Step Toward Construction Of New Portal North Bridge

January 14, 2021

New Jersey Governor Murphy Celebrates Final Step Toward Construction Of New Portal North Bridge

Governor Phil Murphy, alongside Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, Congressman Tom Malinowski, and Amtrak Board Chair Tony Coscia, today celebrated the finalization of the Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to construct a new Portal North Bridge. NJ TRANSIT CEO and President Kevin Corbett executed the agreement with the FTA today, which will provide $766.5 million dollars in federal funding for the Portal North Bridge.

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending January 9, 2021

January 13, 2021

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending January 9, 2021

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending January 9, 2021.  For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 525,253 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.7 percent from the comparable week of 2020, which was Week 2 – ended January 11, 2020. Total carloads for the week ending January 9 were 235,404 carloads, down 1.6 percent compared with the comparable week in 2020, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 289,849 containers and trailers, up 10.4 percent compared to 2020.

Metra Board Approves Purchase Of Up To 500 Multilevel Railcars

January 13, 2021

Metra Board Approves Purchase Of Up To 500 Multilevel Railcars

The Metra Board of Directors today approved the purchase of up to 500 state-of-the-art railcars from Alstom Transportation Inc., opting for new multilevel cars that will be more comfortable, accessible, reliable and safe than the outdated gallery cars they will replace.

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $766.5 Million Grant Agreement to New Jersey Transit for the Portal North Bridge Project in Hudson County, New Jersey

January 12, 2021

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $766.5 Million Grant Agreement to New Jersey Transit for the Portal North Bridge Project in Hudson County, New Jersey

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA)  announced a $766.5 million Capital Investment Grant (CIG) agreement with New Jersey Transit Corporation (New Jersey Transit) for the Portal North Bridge Project in Hudson County, New Jersey. The project will improve the reliability of commuter rail service between New Jersey and New York by increasing capacity and reducing bridge maintenance expenses of the 100-year old bridge.

Reading & Northern Continues to Grow Even During the Pandemic

January 11, 2021

Reading & Northern Continues to Grow Even During the Pandemic

Despite the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19, Reading & Northern Railroad had another banner year breaking previous records for carloadings and freight revenue.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Announces $173 Million Grant Agreement for Double Track Northwest Indiana Project

January 8, 2021

U.S. Transportation Secretary Announces $173 Million Grant Agreement for Double Track Northwest Indiana Project

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a $173 million federal grant agreement with the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) for the Double Track Northwest Indiana Project, which will improve transportation options in northwest Indiana, including residents traveling to downtown Chicago and South Bend International Airport.

MBTA Commuter Rail Schedule Changes Take Effect January 23

January 7, 2021

MBTA Commuter Rail Schedule Changes Take Effect January 23

The MBTA is reminding customers that, as of January 23, 2021, MBTA Commuter Rail schedules take effect which were approved in December 2020 by the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB). It represents an increase in weekday service levels from the current schedule and provides more than 50% of weekday service levels from the same time last year, while current ridership levels are approximately 10%.

LIRR Crews to Perform Signal Testing as Part of Main Line Expansion Project

January 6, 2021

LIRR Crews to Perform Signal Testing as Part of Main Line Expansion Project

Long Island Rail Road crews will perform signal testing in Mineola as part of the Main Line Expansion Project during the weekends of Jan. 9-10, 16-17 and 23-24. This critical infrastructure work will require both existing Main Line tracks to be taken out of service for 48 hours each weekend between New Hyde Park and Hicksville, resulting in service changes on the Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma Branches and schedule adjustments on the LIRR’s other branches.