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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 Statement On FRA Metrics And Standards Final Rule:

November 16, 2020

Amtrak Statement On FRA Metrics And Standards Final Rule:

This morning, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a News Release and a Final Rule on the Performance and Service Quality of Intercity Passenger Rail.

Serena Ryder, The Trews to headline star-studded CP ‘Holiday Train at Home’ concert; Holiday Train approaches $20 million raised

November 13, 2020

Serena Ryder, The Trews to headline star-studded CP ‘Holiday Train at Home’ concert; Holiday Train approaches $20 million raised

Serena Ryder and The Trews will headline CP’s 2020 “Holiday Train at Home” concert, which will stream on CP’s Facebook page on Dec. 12. The event will raise money and awareness and help local food banks collect much-needed donations.

LIRR to Make Track, Signal and Switch Improvements Near Hicksville Weekends of Nov. 14-15 & 21-22

November 12, 2020

LIRR to Make Track, Signal and Switch Improvements Near Hicksville Weekends of Nov. 14-15 & 21-22

On the weekends of Nov. 14-15 and Nov. 21-22. Long Island Rail Road crews working near the Hicksville Station will upgrade switches and install and test new signals, and install longer-lasting concrete ties. The changes will improve reliability along the corridor and provide the capacity needed in preparation for the new third track between Hicksville and Floral Park, and will require service adjustments.

New Buffalo Transportation Center Completed

November 11, 2020

New Buffalo Transportation Center Completed

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, on November 8,  announced that major construction has been completed on the new, state-of the-art transportation hub in downtown Buffalo. The Exchange Street Station, which was constructed on time and on budget, is twice the size of the city’s previous rail station and provides travelers with a convenient and intermodal gateway to Buffalo’s bustling downtown with easy connections to local bus and light rail service

Amtrak Downeaster Detours

November 11, 2020

Amtrak Downeaster Detours

On weekends through December 20 Amtrak’s Downeaster service will detour via Reading due to a MBTA signal project.

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending November 7, 2020

November 11, 2020

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending November 7, 2020

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending November 7, 2020. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 522,028 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.3 percent compared with the same week last yea

Amtrak Acela-Brates 20 Years Of Acela Travel With $20 Fares

November 10, 2020

Amtrak Acela-Brates 20 Years Of Acela Travel With $20 Fares

To commemorate 20 years of Acela service throughout the Northeast Corridor (NEC),Amtrak is Acela-celebrating by offering passengers the opportunity to travel on its premium product one way in Business class for only $20 from anywhere between Boston and Washington, D.C.

MBTA Releases Proposed Service Changes to Match New Ridership Patterns

November 9, 2020

MBTA Releases Proposed Service Changes to Match New Ridership Patterns

The MBTA today released a series of proposed changes to its transit service that are intended to match service to new ridership patterns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed changes are part of the T’s Forging Ahead effort to define and protect its core essential transit services.

Jaguar Transport Holdings Acquires 5 Shortline Railroads and a Railroad Construction Company from The Western Group

November 6, 2020

Jaguar Transport Holdings Acquires 5 Shortline Railroads and a Railroad Construction Company from The Western Group

Jaguar Transport Holdings (Jaguar) and The Western Group (TWG) have announced that Jaguar has acquired five short-line railroads and a railroad construction and maintenance company from TWG. Jaguar is partnered with OPSEU Pension Plan Trust Fund (“OPTrust”), which invests and manages one of Canada’s largest pension funds and has significant experience investing in the surface transportation and logistics space.

MBTA Face Covering Enforcement Takes Effect November 6

November 6, 2020

MBTA Face Covering Enforcement Takes Effect November 6

Today the MBTA announced face covering enforcement efforts effective today, November 6, pursuant to the revised Executive Order issued on November 2.  The revised Executive Order applies to any person over the age of 5 who is in a place open to the public, and expressly requires masks or face coverings worn over the nose and mouth when using public transportation.