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

Brightline To Begin Crew Training and Qualification Runs Between West Palm Beach and Cocoa

January 19, 2022

Brightline To Begin Crew Training and Qualification Runs Between West Palm Beach and Cocoa

Brightline is beginning the new year with a critical step toward the completion of its intercity rail system connecting Miami and Orlando. Starting the week of January 17, Brightline will begin running qualifying trains between West Palm Beach and Cocoa.

MTA Announces Restoration of New York City Subway Lines

January 19, 2022

MTA Announces Restoration of New York City Subway Lines

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced the restoration of full weekday A. B, J. Z, 6  and  7 service, starting Wednesday, Jan. 19. In order to keep subway service at all 472 subway stations during the COVID-19 Omicron variant surge in New York City, the MTA had adjusted service by suspending the  B and Z trains, as well as the rush hour Rockaway Park branch of the A train.  

Newly Renovated Brookline Hills Station Is Open

January 18, 2022

Newly Renovated Brookline Hills Station Is Open

MBTA has announced that the Green Line’s Brookline Hills Station, closed since April 2021, has reopened. While the station was closed to accommodate Brookline High School’s Expansion Project, the MBTA made some renovations and much-needed accessibility improvements to the D branch station.

VIA Rail Canada Reduces Corridor Service In Response To Omicron Spread

January 17, 2022

VIA Rail Canada Reduces Corridor Service In Response To Omicron Spread

Given the impact on travel demand of tighter COVID-19 restrictions due to the rapid spreading of the Omicron Variant, VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) will temporarily reduce frequencies in the Québec City-Windsor corridor starting Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Amit Bose as 15th Senate-Confirmed Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration

January 14, 2022

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Amit Bose as 15th Senate-Confirmed Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that Amit Bose has been confirmed as the 15th Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Nominated by President Biden on April 22, 2021, Mr. Bose, who is currently serving as Deputy Administrator, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 12, 2022. He is the first person of South-Asian descent to lead FRA.

Latest On WMATA 7000 Series Cars

January 14, 2022

Latest On WMATA 7000 Series Cars

Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Wiedefeld said he will not resume the placement of 7000-series trains into passenger service for about 90 days to allow Metro engineering and mechanical experts time to focus on root cause analysis and acquire technology to measure 7000-series wheelsets. 

CN Submits Notice of Intent to File Responsive Application with the Surface Transportation Board

January 13, 2022

CN Submits Notice of Intent to File Responsive Application with the Surface Transportation Board

CN yesterday evening submitted a notice of intent to file a responsive application on February 28, 2022, with the Surface Transportation Board (“STB”) in accordance with the STB’s procedural schedule for review of the pending Canadian Pacific (“CP”) and Kansas City Southern (“KCS”) merger (collectively “CP-KCS”).

Rio Tinto Orders Wabtec FLXdrive Battery Locomotives to Reduce Emissions

January 13, 2022

Rio Tinto Orders Wabtec FLXdrive Battery Locomotives to Reduce Emissions

Wabtec Corporation  and Rio Tinto announced an order for four FLXdrive battery-electric locomotives to support sustainable operations of the mining company’s rail network in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The 100-percent, battery-powered locomotive will help Rio Tinto’s effort to achieve a 50-percent reduction in Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 2030.

Amtrak Opens Full Service Bar at Metropolitan Lounge in Moynihan Train Hall

January 13, 2022

Amtrak Opens Full Service Bar at Metropolitan Lounge in Moynihan Train Hall

Amtrak customers can now enjoy bar service at Amtrak’s premium Metropolitan Lounge in the Moynihan Train Hall in New York City. The bar menu offers beer, wine, cocktails, and hot food offerings available for purchase between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. 

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending January 8, 2022

January 12, 2022

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending January 8, 2022

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending January 8, 2022. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 440,761 carloads and intermodal units, down 16 percent compared with the same week last year.