THE Northeast Corridor Commission submitted two reports to Congress on May 3 detailing short-and-long-term capital investment needs totalling around $38bn for the 735km line from Boston to New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC.
SOUTHEASTERN Pennsylvania Transportation Authority signed a contract with CRRC Tangshan on May 4 for 45 double-deck coaches, which will be used with Septa’s new Siemens ACS-64 electric locomotives on Regional Rail services on the Northeast Corridor.
INCREASING capacity through track quadrupling most sections and upping the frequency of regional and inter-city trains is at the heart of the United States’ Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) new recommended vision for the Northeast Corridor (NEC) released on December 16.
THE US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that the driver of a Washington DC - New York Amtrak Northeast Regional train which derailed near Philadelphia on May 12 2015 was likely to have been distracted by radio traffic causing him to forget where he was.
AMTRAK announced annual results on December 2 for its 2015 financial year on December 2, revealing passenger numbers and fares revenue remained steady, thanks largely to record ridership on its flagship route, the Washington DC - New York - Boston Northeast Corridor (NEC).
NORFOLK Southern (NS) informed its customers on October 20 that it will no longer accept shipments of poisonous inhalation hazard (PIH) commodities from December 1, and that passenger trains operated by Amtrak, Virginia Railway Express, and Chicago's Metra will be banned from its infrastructure from December 31.
SOURCES at Amtrak have told IRJ's North American sister publication Railway Age, that claims by the US senator for New York, Senator Charles Schumer, that Amtrak has selected Alstom as preferred bidder for a contract to supply a fleet of high-speed trains, are premature.