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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 Vermont Service Will Resume This July

April 9, 2021

Amtrak Vermont Service Will Resume This July

Vermont Agency of Transportation has announced that Amtrak passenger rail service in Vermont will resume effective July 19, 2021.

Daily Subway Ridership Tops Two Million for the First Time Since Beginning of COVID-19 Pandemic

April 9, 2021

Daily Subway Ridership Tops Two Million for the First Time Since Beginning of COVID-19 Pandemic

MTA New York City Transit officials announced a significant milestone today — 2,009,025 trips were recorded on the subway on April 8, the first time that more than two million trips were taken on the subway since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City

WMATA Board finance and capital committee approves budget that maintains service improvements to support regional recovery

April 8, 2021

WMATA Board finance and capital committee approves budget that maintains service improvements to support regional recovery

The Metro Board of Directors Finance and Capital Committee today approved a $4.7 billion operating and capital budget for fiscal year 2022 (beginning July 1, 2021) that maintains current service levels and enhancements, while continuing to accelerate Metro’s capital investment in safety-critical repairs and service reliability improvements. The full Board of Directors is expected to approve the Committee’s recommendation on April 22.

Rail Traffic for March and the Week Ending April 3, 2021

April 7, 2021

Rail Traffic for March and the Week Ending April 3, 2021

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending April 3, 2021, as well as volumes for March 2021.  U.S. railroads originated 1,156,158 carloads in March 2021, up 4.1 percent, or 45,504 carloads, from March 2020. U.S. railroads also originated 1,430,331 containers and trailers in March 2021, up 24 percent, or 276,781 units, from the same month last year.

NJ Governor Murphy Marks Beginning Of Testing For NJ Transit Dual-Power Locomotives

April 6, 2021

NJ Governor Murphy Marks Beginning Of Testing For NJ Transit Dual-Power Locomotives

Governor Murphy, NJ TRANSIT Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett, and local officials today marked the beginning of testing of the first of 25 new ALP-45 dual-power locomotives manufactured by Alstom during a ceremony that was held on Track A at Newark Penn Station. 

Metro-North Railroad Announces Restoration of Weekend Service to Wassaic and Other Service Adjustments in April 12 Timetables

April 5, 2021

Metro-North Railroad Announces Restoration of Weekend Service to Wassaic and Other Service Adjustments in April 12 Timetables

Metro-North Railroad today announced new train schedules taking effect Monday, April 12 that will restore weekend service to Wassaic and include service adjustments on the Harlem Line weekday schedule to accommodate trackwork.

White River Productions Acquires Diesel Era Magazine

April 1, 2021

White River Productions Acquires Diesel Era Magazine

White River Productions has acquired Diesel Era from Withers Publishing, naming Tony Cook as the new editor of the quarterly publication.

MBTA Spring 2021 Commuter Rail Schedules Take Effect April 5

April 1, 2021

MBTA Spring 2021 Commuter Rail Schedules Take Effect April 5

The MBTA and Keolis Commuter Services (Keolis), the agency’s operating partner for Commuter Rail, are reminding customers of the upcoming schedule changes across the network that will better meet the evolving needs of passengers. The Spring 2021 schedule, which is available online at MBTA.com, takes effect on Monday, April 5 and reflects the direction for regional rail service outlined last month to the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board.

MTA Chairman Foye Appears on Jumbotron at Yankee Stadium Welcoming Fans Back on Opening Day

April 1, 2021

MTA Chairman Foye Appears on Jumbotron at Yankee Stadium Welcoming Fans Back on Opening Day

MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick Foye appeared on the jumbotron at Yankee Stadium during the New York Yankees home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays today, welcoming fans back to the ballpark and reminding them that the best way to get to the game – and around the city – is using mass transit. The MTA provides robust service options to all Yankees home games on subways, buses, paratransit and Metro-North Railroad. 

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending March 27, 2021

March 31, 2021

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending March 27, 2021

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 27, 2021. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 521,731 carloads and intermodal units, up 16.1 percent compared with the same week last year.