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5 Things You Should Know About Texas High-Speed Rail

5 Things You Should Know About Texas High-Speed Rail

While California may have garnered the biggest share of recent media attention for its ambitious high-speed rail plans, it’s not the only place in the country where high-speed rail is gaining momentum. Texas is one of two other states (along with Florida) with current plans to design and implement a significant high-speed project: in this… Read More…

5 Factors that Drive Railroad Efficiency and How to Improve Them

5 Factors that Drive Railroad Efficiency and How to Improve Them

All around the world, railroad companies are striving to make their operations as cost-efficient as possible without compromising safety, quality, and reliability. While there are a number of fundamental differences between railroad systems in different countries, and consequently differences in where improvements are most needed, there are a few common practices that typically increase any… 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…

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…

Become Heart Healthy with the AHA’s Family Health Challenge

Become Heart Healthy with the AHA’s Family Health Challenge

September is here, which means children are heading back to school and many families are looking at jam-packed schedules in the months ahead. With so much going on in their lives, it can be hard for even highly motivated families to make healthy choices, especially given concerns that a healthy lifestyle could be costly or… Read More…