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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 and MDOT Announce New Approach For Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel Replacement Program

June 18, 2021

Amtrak and MDOT Announce New Approach For Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel Replacement Program

Today, federal, state and local leaders highlighted the 150th anniversary of the Baltimore and Potomac (B&P) tunnel’s groundbreaking and unveiled new plans to enhance and advance the B&P Tunnel Replacement Program.

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Nuria Fernandez as 15th Senate-Confirmed Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration

June 18, 2021

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Nuria Fernandez as 15th Senate-Confirmed Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Nuria Fernandez has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 15th Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Fernandez is also the first Senate-confirmed woman of color to lead FTA, and the first confirmed Administrator in over a decade. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 10, 2021.

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending June 12, 2021

June 17, 2021

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending June 12, 2021

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 12, 2021. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 529,635 carloads and intermodal units, up 17.9 percent compared with the same week last year.

Amtrak Makes Investments in Equipment Improvements

June 17, 2021

Amtrak Makes Investments in Equipment Improvements

Amtrak has initiated a multi-million-dollar and multi-year project to improve the customer experience aboard its long distance trains serving overnight routes across the country. Elements of this work were displayed this week at Chicago Union Station.

Texas Central Signs Contract with Webuild to Serve as Design-build Lead for Historic Project

June 16, 2021

Texas Central Signs Contract with Webuild to Serve as Design-build Lead for Historic Project

Texas Central, developers of the high-speed train between Dallas and Houston, has signed a $16 billion contract with Webuild, operating in the U.S. market with The Lane Construction Corporation, a global leader in engineering and construction to lead the civil construction team that will build the Texas passenger line. Webuild is one of the largest civil engineering contractors in the world. This selection by Texas Central reflects the participation of industry leading organizations that are designing and building the high-speed train.

Amtrak Downeaster To Make Special Stop In Falmouth, Maine for Korn Ferry Golf Tournament   

June 16, 2021

Amtrak Downeaster To Make Special Stop In Falmouth, Maine for Korn Ferry Golf Tournament  

The Amtrak Downeaster will make station stops at the Falmouth Country Club golf course June 24-27, providing access for attendees of the  The Live + Work in Maine Open Golf Tournament, part of the Korn Ferry Tour.

Wabtec and GM to Develop Advanced Ultium Battery and HYDROTEC Hydrogen Fuel Cell Solutions for Rail Industry

June 15, 2021

Wabtec and GM to Develop Advanced Ultium Battery and HYDROTEC Hydrogen Fuel Cell Solutions for Rail Industry

Wabtec Corporation and General Motors  today announced they will collaborate to develop and commercialize GM’s Ultium battery technology and HYDROTEC hydrogen fuel cell systems for Wabtec locomotives.

Weekend Service Returns to All  MBTA Commuter Rail Lines July 3

June 15, 2021

Weekend Service Returns to All MBTA Commuter Rail Lines July 3

The MBTA and Keolis Commuter Services (Keolis), the agency’s operating partner for Commuter Rail, are reminding passengers that weekend service will resume on all Commuter Rail lines effective Saturday, July 3.

Metro-North Railroad Announces Service Level Increase in June 21 Timetables

June 15, 2021

Metro-North Railroad Announces Service Level Increase in June 21 Timetables

Metro-North Railroad today announced new train schedules taking effect Monday, June 21, that will add 24 new peak trains on its three lines east of the Hudson River, bringing service to 67% of pre-pandemic levels, from the 63% that has been in place for a year. 

World’s Largest Steam Locomotive Returns with ‘The Big Boy 2021 Tour’

June 14, 2021

World’s Largest Steam Locomotive Returns with ‘The Big Boy 2021 Tour’

Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. 4014, will embark on “The Big Boy 2021 Tour” Aug. 5 to celebrate railroad heritage and the communities Union Pacific serves. This is the first tour since the locomotive was restored for 2019’s “Great Race” tours celebrating the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad’s completion. No. 4014 will leave the Steam Shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming, August 5, making brief whistle-stops in communities across Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.