Category Archives: Railroads

9 Ways the New FAST Act Affects Passenger Rail

9 Ways the New FAST Act Affects Passenger Rail

Surface transportation in America is set to improve over the next few years thanks to the recent signing into law of the FAST Act. The first long-term, comprehensive, fully funded transportation bill in a decade, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act authorizes roughly $305 billion in spending over the next five years for highways,… Read More…

The Federal Railroad Administration’s Vision for US High-Speed Rail

The Federal Railroad Administration’s Vision for US High-Speed Rail

High-speed rail has a major role to play in the development of an efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective transportation network that will have the capacity to meet the needs of America’s growing population in the coming years. This is the premise adopted by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in its National Rail Plan, which outlines a… Read More…

Factors to Consider When Assessing the Efficiency of a Railroad

Factors to Consider When Assessing the Efficiency of a Railroad

When comparing the financial efficiency of multiple railroads, governments, transportation authorities, and rail experts worldwide frequently turn to benchmarking studies as a tool that can help identify opportunities for improvement. Benchmarking analyses can certainly be a useful way of comparing and contrasting the efficiency of different international railroad systems, and uncovering valuable best practice information… Read More…

Goods, Jobs, and a Stronger Economy – The Impact of US Freight Rail

Goods, Jobs, and a Stronger Economy – The Impact of US Freight Rail

For nearly 200 years, freight railroads have played a critical part in America’s economic development, transporting the goods and commodities that our country depends on. Today, almost every industrial, retail, wholesale, and resource-based sector of the American economy is served by freight railroads. Here is a closer look at just some of the things we… Read More…

Major Investments and Smart Policies for Tomorrow’s Railroads

Major Investments and Smart Policies for Tomorrow’s Railroads

As America’s population and economy continue to grow, it is increasingly important to develop freight transportation that is affordable, safe, and environmentally responsible. By 2040, the Federal Highway Administration estimates that the amount of US freight shipments will total 28.5 billion tons—a 45% increase from the 19.7 billion tons moved in 2012. What is the… Read More…

What Is NEC FUTURE and Why Do We Need It?

What Is NEC FUTURE and Why Do We Need It?

  The metropolitan areas of America’s Northeast are among the most densely populated in the country, and they’re only going to get bigger. This means that addressing the issue of efficient mass transportation between the region’s urban centers is of prime concern in order to keep cities and towns livable and economically healthy in years… Read More…

How Big Data Is Helping Railroads Move Forward

How Big Data Is Helping Railroads Move Forward

For many people, the word “trains” still conjures up images of puffing steam locomotives and old-fashioned, wooden station platforms. These people might be surprised to learn that today’s railroad industry is actually one of the world’s most information technology-intensive businesses. Most of this modernization is due to the evolution of big data, a term that… Read More…

Cutting-Edge Technology Keeps Trains Running Safely

Cutting-Edge Technology Keeps Trains Running Safely

To ensure that its 28,000 locomotives, 1.5 million rail cars, and 140,000 miles of freight railways are in good condition and running safely and smoothly, America’s railroad industry relies on state-of-the-art technologies and operational innovations. From ground-penetrating radar to integrated wayside detector systems, the railroad industry is committed to developing and deploying the latest cutting-edge… Read More…

A Look Inside the World’s Biggest Freight Rail Yard

A Look Inside the World’s Biggest Freight Rail Yard

For railroad industry professionals and train enthusiasts, North Platte, Nebraska, is synonymous with “big.” That’s because North Platte is home to Bailey Yard, a working Union Pacific rail yard which, since 1995, has held the Guinness Book of Records title as the world’s largest railroad classification yard. Read on for a closer look at the… Read More…