03.June, Worcester MA – A prominent CSX spokesperson provided responses to five ANRP questions submitted last month, and one asked last week. This dialogue will continue as the Pan Am acquisition process progresses. ANRP has been working to understand and report on how today’s CSX would conduct itself as New England’s dominant carrier. Specifically, we […]
I know you all likely think I’m nuts, but words matter. Over-selling and calling “high-speed rail” something that is NOT “high-speed rail” is damaging to the cause of improving passenger rail, be it upgrading the existing Amtrak service or actually joining the rest of the modern world by building high speed rail. Selling either is […]
22.April – WASHINGTON DC – After a competitive procurement launched in January of 2019, Amtrak has identified California-based Siemens Mobility Inc. (Siemens) as the preferred bidder to manufacture a new fleet of 83 Intercity Trainsets (ICTs), which will provide dual power in many instances and modern rail amenities to better serve all Amtrak customers. The ICTs will […]
19.April – Washington, DC – The Surface Transportation Board Chairman Martin J. Oberman announced last week that the STB has formed a passenger rail working group consisting of STB staff. The new working group is charged with developing plans to enhance the agency’s passenger rail oversight efforts and to ensure it will fully meet its […]
Amtrak’s “plan” for expanded service is making the rounds and much attention is being given to the map, which is conveniently the only detail released. A closer look at the map reveals it is more like a compendium of existing advocacy efforts and preliminary conversations with states. To be sure, it is very welcome to […]
20.March, Hyannis MA – Massachusetts Coastal Railroad President and COO Christopher Podgurski announced two senior appointments: Eric Ciborowski returns as Vice President of Railroad Operations, after serving at the MBTA since 2014. Ciborowski brings over 18 Years of Railroad experience, with specific concentrations to Mechanical, Compliance, and Safety Training. Podgurski appreciates Ciborowski’s “no-nonsense approach [that] […]
DEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH. DISMISS THEM AT YOUR PERIL.
23.March, Washington, DC – Additional concerns have been filed pushing the STB to consider the CSX Application as a major transaction. In addition to the new filings, the State of Vermont has fired another volley in response to the CSX reply issued in the state’s initial comments. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, AFL-CIO (IBEW) […]
Does Delayed New Orleans-Mobile Service Suggest Problems With Passenger Trains After CSX Takes Over Pan-Am?
After 5 years of discussions, Amtrak asked the Surface Transportation Board to Intervene with CSX and Norfolk Southern to force revived New Orleans – Mobile service to proceed. A 2017 letter to the Federal Railroad Administration from the Southern Rail Commission says that the actions of CSX “demonstrate what can only be understood as an […]
HOUSATONIC RAILROAD AND METRO-NORTH COMMUTER RAIL (MTA) BRING STB INTO BEACON LINE DISPOSAL ISSUE
Editor’s Note: This article covers two related filings under STB Docket AB_1311: MNCR’s 08.February filing, and HRRC’s 12.February response. To lend clarity to our reporting of these proceedings, we begin with some particulars of the property: Ownership and operation The line does not carry revenue passenger service, but connects MNCR’s three Hudson-east commuter lines: the Hudson […]
Final Work Expected Finished In a Year
09.December, Montpelier VT – Vermont Agency of Transportation Rail & Aviation Director Dan Delabruere updated the Vermont Rail Council on the extension of Amtrak’s Ethan Allen route to Burlington. The project remains on schedule and the train is expected to begin early in 2022. “We had some CoVid delays, contractor issues, but not that bad. […]