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

SEPTA Releases Options For Future Of Regional Rail

May 18, 2022

SEPTA Releases Options For Future Of Regional Rail

SEPTA released three potential options for a long-term vision for Regional Rail. This marks phase two of Reimagining Regional Rail – SEPTA’s project to make its rail system more useful for more people. Reimagining Regional Rail is a key initiative of SEPTA Forward, the Authority’s Strategic Plan, to create a “lifestyle transit network” of all-day, all-week frequent service to destinations across the region.

Lapse in Metrorail Operator Recertification Results in Changes to Certain Trains

May 17, 2022

Lapse in Metrorail Operator Recertification Results in Changes to Certain Trains

Metro’s Chief Safety Officer reports that nearly half of Metro’s 500 rail operators have lapsed recertification, which includes classroom instruction, and supervised testing in the rail yards as well as on the mainline.

Federal Railroad Administration Publishes Quarterly Report on the Performance and Service Quality of Amtrak Intercity Passenger Rail Operations

May 17, 2022

Federal Railroad Administration Publishes Quarterly Report on the Performance and Service Quality of Amtrak Intercity Passenger Rail Operations

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today published a report on performance metrics for Amtrak’s intercity passenger train operations, covering the first quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. This report is the first to use all metrics described in FRA’s November 2020 final rule for Metrics and Minimum Standards for Intercity Passenger Rail Service now codified in 49 CFR Part 273. The Metrics and Standards Rule establishes minimum standards for measuring the performance and service quality of intercity passenger train operations across four categories: on-time performance and train delays, customer service, financial performance, and public benefits.

LIRC Acquires Southern Indiana Railway Assets

May 16, 2022

LIRC Acquires Southern Indiana Railway Assets

Louisville & Indiana Railroad (LIRC), an affiliate of Chicago-based Anacostia Rail Holdings Company, has acquired the assets and operating rights of the former Southern Indiana Railway (SIND), a short line located in the Louisville metropolitan area.

Amtrak Unveils Summer Schedule Ahead of Peak Travel Season

May 16, 2022

Amtrak Unveils Summer Schedule Ahead of Peak Travel Season

Bolstered by a demand for both business and leisure travel, Amtrak unveiled its summer schedule featuring the most Acela frequencies since the onset of the pandemic and Northeast Regional departures nearing 80% of pre-pandemic service levels. The new summer schedule also includes the restoration of four long distance trains to daily service.

FRA Announces New Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Program to Guide Nationwide Expansion and Enhancement of Intercity Passenger RailService

May 13, 2022

FRA Announces New Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Program to Guide Nationwide Expansion and Enhancement of Intercity Passenger RailService

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today established the new Corridor Identification and Development (ID) Program, which is the first step in an unprecedented undertaking to transform America’s passenger rail network through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

CSX Honors 65 Customers with 28th Annual Chemical Safety Excellence Award

May 13, 2022

CSX Honors 65 Customers with 28th Annual Chemical Safety Excellence Award

CSX Corp. presented 65 customers with the company’s annual Chemical Safety Excellence Award for their outstanding contribution to the safe transportation of hazardous materials in 2021.

SEPTA Releases Request For Proposal For Trolley Vehicles

May 12, 2022

SEPTA Releases Request For Proposal For Trolley Vehicles

SEPTA today released its Request for Proposals (RFP) for modern, accessible trolley vehicles to replace the entire existing fleet of trolleys. This begins the trolley vehicle acquisition process with manufacturers — a major step forward for Trolley Modernization.

Long Island Rail Road Announces New Timetables Take Effect May 23

May 12, 2022

Long Island Rail Road Announces New Timetables Take Effect May 23

MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) today announced that new train schedules in effect Monday, May 23, contain adjustments to off-peak and peak trains to allow crews to complete work on the Main Line Expansion Project and accomplish work on other major improvement projects such as the Jamaica Capacity Improvement (JCI) project. The upgrades are part of efforts to transform the Long Island Rail Road and enable service to Grand Central by expanding and modernizing infrastructure on the Main Line and in and around Jamaica Station.

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending May 7, 2022

May 12, 2022

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending May 7, 2022

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 7, 2022. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 504,927 carloads and intermodal units, down 3.5 percent compared with the same week last year.