With funding always in doubt from one year to the next, US national inter-city rail operator Amtrak has been carried on the political wind for most of its 43 year existence. But with traffic rising dramatically and the age of its assets really beginning to show, calls for a more sustainable long-term method of funding capital investment are growing louder, as Keith Barrow explains.
Philadelphia is the United States' fifth largest city and boasts one of the country's most extensive urban and suburban rail networks, but decades of underinvestment have brought the system close to the brink of collapse. With new sources of funding finally coming on stream, Keith Barrow looks at how regional transport authority Septa plans to reinvigorate its rail assets.
In the space of just a few years, the boom in domestic oil and gas production brought about by hydraulic fracturing has transformed energy policy in the United States, with huge implications for the country's freight railways. In an exclusive interview, Wick Moorman, chairman and CEO of Norfolk Southern, tells Keith Barrow how one of North America's largest coal carriers is responding to the shifting energy market.
SAN FRANCISCO Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) has recommended awarding a contract worth up to $US 1.2bn to Siemens for up to 260 S200 SF LRVs, which will replace the city's ageing Breda trams and expand the fleet for the opening of the Central Subway line.