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Houston METRO orders more Siemens light-rail vehicles

Rail News Home Mechanical 2/6/2019 Rail News: Mechanical Houston METRO orders more Siemens light-rail vehicles Houston METRO now has ordered 51 S70 light-rail vehicles. Photo – Siemens The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (METRO) has ordered 14 light-rail vehicles (LRVs) from Siemens Mobility.The latest purchase marks Houston METRO's third order for Siemens Mobility…

Rail supplier news from Siemens, Alstom, GE, Progress Rail, PS Technology, Astronics, Ondas and RailcarRx (Feb. 6)

Rail News Home Mechanical 2/6/2019 Rail News: Mechanical Rail supplier news from Siemens, Alstom, GE, Progress Rail, PS Technology, Astronics, Ondas and RailcarRx (Feb. 6) The European Commission yesterday rendered a decision prohibiting the proposed merger of Siemens' and Alstom's mobility businesses. As a result, the merger will not proceed, officials from the companies said…

NTSB updates list of most wanted safety improvements

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 2/5/2019 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation NTSB updates list of most wanted safety improvements Six safety recommendations are repeated from the 2017-18 most wanted list. Photo – Source: NTSB The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) yesterday unveiled its 2019-20 list of most wanted transportation safety improvements.Launched in…

STB installs Fuchs as vice chairman for 2019

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 2/4/2019 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation STB installs Fuchs as vice chairman for 2019 Patrick Fuchs Photo – Patrick Fuchs' LinkedIn page The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has designated Patrick Fuchs as vice chairman. The vice chairmanship rotates among board members each year.Fuchs was sworn in last…

ASLRRA holds fly-ins to build BRACE Act support in DC

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 1/31/2019 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation ASLRRA holds fly-ins to build BRACE Act support in DC The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) held a fly-in yesterday in Washington, D.C., to garner congressional support for the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy (BRACE)…

Rail supplier news from Ricardo, APM Terminals, Dover, Seyfarth Shaw, Hanson and AECOM (Jan. 30)

Rail News Home Mechanical 1/30/2019 Rail News: Mechanical Rail supplier news from Ricardo, APM Terminals, Dover, Seyfarth Shaw, Hanson and AECOM (Jan. 30) A diesel multiple unit. Photo – Ricardo Ricardo won a contract from United Kingdom-based rolling stock owner Porterbrook to provide engineering expertise for the integration of MTU's hybrid powerpack into a converted…

NTSB: Accident investigation evidence may be lost due to shutdown

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 1/29/2019 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation NTSB: Accident investigation evidence may be lost due to shutdown Robert Sumwalt is chairman of the NTSB. Photo – ntsb.gov The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) resumed normal operations yesterday and began developing plans to address work that could not be…

Short-line tax credit bill introduced in Senate

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 1/28/2019 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation Short-line tax credit bill introduced in Senate A bill that would permanently extend the 45G short-line tax credit has been introduced in the Senate, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announced late last week.The lead sponsors of S.…