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

Federal Railroad Administration Publishes Railroads’ First Quarter 2020 Positive Train Control Implementation Status Updates

May 15, 2020

Federal Railroad Administration Publishes Railroads’ First Quarter 2020 Positive Train Control Implementation Status Updates

The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today released a quarterly status update on railroads’ self-reported progress, as of March 31, 2020, toward fully implementing positive train control (PTC) systems by December 31, 2020, as required by Congress. Based on railroads’ First Quarter 2020 PTC Progress Reports and current PTC Implementation Plans, nearly all railroads subject to the statutory mandate are operating their systems in revenue service or in advanced field testing, known as revenue service demonstration (RSD), with PTC technology remaining to be activated on only approximately 1,100 required route miles.

MTA to Begin Major Construction in Westbury and New Cassel to Eliminate Street-Level Railroad Crossing

May 15, 2020

MTA to Begin Major Construction in Westbury and New Cassel to Eliminate Street-Level Railroad Crossing

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that School Street in the Village of Westbury and Hamlet of New Cassel will temporarily close beginning Monday, May 18, between Railroad Avenue and Union Avenue, as part of MTA Construction & Development’s Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project.  A new bridge to span this crossing is scheduled to be moved into place on Sept. 12-13, and the newly built roadway below the bridge is expected to reopen in November.

American Shortline & Regional Railroad Association awards 2020 Shortline Marketing Award to Reading & Northern Railroad

May 14, 2020

American Shortline & Regional Railroad Association awards 2020 Shortline Marketing Award to Reading & Northern Railroad

The American Shortline and Regional Railroad Association has named the Reading & Northern Railroad as the winner of its 2020 Shortline Marketing Award. This is the fifth time that Reading & Northern has been honored with this award, winning previously in 2010, 2014, 2016, and 2018. 

Amtrak’s Passenger Commitment During COVID-19 Outbreak

May 14, 2020

Amtrak’s Passenger Commitment During COVID-19 Outbreak

In an effort to simplify and safeguard the travel experience as America gradually reopens, Amtrak wants to reassure passengers that several added cleanliness and convenience measures have been implemented.

Weekly Rail Traffic for the Week Ending May 9, 2020

May 13, 2020

Weekly Rail Traffic for the Week Ending May 9, 2020

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 9, 2020. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 412,549 carloads and intermodal units, down 22.1 percent compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending May 9 were 185,144 carloads, down 28.4 percent compared with the same week in 2019, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 227,405 containers and trailers, down 16 percent compared to 2019. 

Metro balances budget with federal CARES funding

May 13, 2020

Metro balances budget with federal CARES funding

Federal relief funding of more than $767 million is helping Metro close out the current fiscal year with a balanced budget, following an unprecedented drop in fare revenue due to the pandemic crisis response

NJ Transit Awards Initial Construction Contract for  Raritan River Bridge Replacement:

May 13, 2020

NJ Transit Awards Initial Construction Contract for Raritan River Bridge Replacement:

The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors today approved a contract with George Harms Construction of Farmingdale, NJ for the initial construction phase of the Raritan River Bridge replacement project. The approximately $250 million contract is part of NJ TRANSIT’s Resilience Program initiated following Hurricane Sandy to make its transit systems and infrastructure stronger and more reliable for its customers. 

SEPTA Fare Restructuring to Focus on Free Transfer & Discounted Child Fares

May 12, 2020

SEPTA Fare Restructuring to Focus on Free Transfer & Discounted Child Fares

In an effort to help customers during this challenging time and aid in the region’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, SEPTA plans to implement free transfers and discounted $1 child fares on July 1. In addition, all proposed fare increases would be deferred until at least January 2021.  If approved by the SEPTA Board in June, these elements of the overall Fare Restructuring Plan would go into effect on July 1.

Seven Day Lowell Commuter Rail Line Closure Begins May 18

May 11, 2020

Seven Day Lowell Commuter Rail Line Closure Begins May 18

The MBTA today announced a 7-day full closure of the Lowell Commuter Rail Line between Anderson/Woburn Station and North Station beginning Monday, May 18, to support the construction of the Green Line Extension (GLX) project.

Vermont Railway to Acquire New England Southern

May 11, 2020

Vermont Railway to Acquire New England Southern

The Vermont Railway has entered into an agreement to acquire the New England Southern Railroad, with  a base of operations at Canterbury Yard, which is located 10 miles north of Conford, New Hampshire.