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

Amtrak Announces Positive Train Control Completion

August 13, 2020

Amtrak Announces Positive Train Control Completion

Amtrak has reached a major milestone in Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation on all Amtrak-owned or controlled tracks. The final piece of the project recently concluded with installation on approximately one mile of slow-speed track in the complex Chicago terminal.

Weekly Rail Traffic for the Week Ending August 8, 2020

August 12, 2020

Weekly Rail Traffic for the Week Ending August 8, 2020

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending August 8, 2020. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 497,397 carloads and intermodal units, down 6.7 percent compared with the same week last year.

Waze Announces Global Rollout of Railroad Crossing Alerts First Launched at LIRR in 2018

August 12, 2020

Waze Announces Global Rollout of Railroad Crossing Alerts First Launched at LIRR in 2018

Waze, the platform bringing together communities on and off the road, today announced a new feature that will provide alerts to users approaching a railroad crossing. We are seeing Waze users make a significant return to the road following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Amtrak Partners With Waze To Announce Global Rollout Of Railroad Crossing Alerts

August 12, 2020

Amtrak Partners With Waze To Announce Global Rollout Of Railroad Crossing Alerts

Amtrak has partnered with Waze, the platform bringing together communities on and off the road, to announce a new feature that will provide alerts to users approaching a railroad crossing. This feature is unique to Waze and puts drivers’ safety first, helping them return to the roads by highlighting the potential risks associated with driving over railroad crossings. 

Norfolk Southern signs Operation Clean Sweep Pledge to eliminate plastic pollution

August 11, 2020

Norfolk Southern signs Operation Clean Sweep Pledge to eliminate plastic pollution

Norfolk Southern has expressed support of Operation Clean Sweep. This program is part of the American Chemistry Council and the Plastics Industry Association to minimize their impact on the environment.

NJ Transit Receives $2.3 Million Federal Security Grant

August 11, 2020

NJ Transit Receives $2.3 Million Federal Security Grant

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded NJ TRANSIT more than two million dollars in grant money to purchase and install new security cameras and related equipment at dozens of locations in South Jersey.  NJ TRANSIT has been awarded $2,339,700 from the Transit Security Grant Program, which is awarding up to $88 million for projects nationwide.

George Washington University To Advise Amtrak On Pandemic Response

August 11, 2020

George Washington University To Advise Amtrak On Pandemic Response

Amtrak has engaged the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (GW Milken Institute SPH) to provide ongoing technical expertise and guidance to enhance Amtrak’s comprehensive coronavirus pandemic response.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Urges Apple to Enable Face ID Technology to Work With Face Coverings

August 10, 2020

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Urges Apple to Enable Face ID Technology to Work With Face Coverings

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye today called on Apple Inc. to modify its iPhone Face ID technology to recognize users wearing masks as the transit system – the largest in North America – continues to mandate all passengers wear face coverings to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Update on Amtrak Service

August 10, 2020

Update on Amtrak Service

Amtrak service continues to operate on the Northeast Corridor, providing essential services during this challenging time. While Amtrak continues to operate,  certain trains have temporarily suspended due to reduced demand.

CP highlights generational growth opportunity in meeting with New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs

August 7, 2020

CP highlights generational growth opportunity in meeting with New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs

Canadian Pacific reaffirmed its commitment to grow traffic at the Port of Saint John and stimulate economic growth and investment in New Brunswick at a meeting with Premier Blaine Higgs. With its purchase of the Central Maine & Quebec Railway, CP makes its return to Atlantic Canada with an exceptional growth opportunity.