Railroad articles, editorials and views from the field

High Speed Trains Coming to a City Near You

World-Class Passenger Trains   What’s old is new again: the old-fashioned railway is getting a major facelift, due to requirements in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The vision of the High Speed Rail Initiative is to transform the nation’s transportation system, by rebuilding existing rail infrastructure while launching new high-speed passenger rail services in 100-600 mile corridors that connect U.S. communities....


Railway Safety Gets a Boost from New Tracking Device

Port of Tacoma Tests Security Tracking System   The Port of Tacoma in the state of Washington is a major gateway to Asia and Alaska, and is among the largest container ports in North America,...

Foiling Railway Terrorism

Final Rule Issued by Homeland Security   The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced new regulations at the end of 2008 aimed at strengthening the security of the nation's freight...

Best Way to Deliver New Cars? By Rail, Of Course

Hauling Cars by Rail Is Big Business   Millions of new vehicles crisscross North America’s railroads each year on their way from assembly plants to distribution centers and dealers....

New Rules and New Investments for Railroads

Tightened Tank Cars   According to the Association of American Railroads (www.aar.org), the Department of Transportation has developed new rules to strengthen tank cars. Now, any tank car...

The Rail Safety Improvement Act Is in Effect

The Metrolink train crash in Chatsworth, California, provided the impetus for Congress to enact the Rail Safety Improvement Act in 2008. The Metrolink incident killed 25 people, and injured...