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the-new-york-times-magazine-the-case-for-the-subway
January 05, 2018
Jonathan Mahler, a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, has written what I believe to be the definitive story of New York City’s subway system, to date. Mahler’s piece, available here in its entirety, is provocative, thought-provoking, and even a bit disturbing. In...
a-rail-landmark-for-the-melonas-men
January 03, 2018
BNSF has honored three generations of railroaders with a new siding in Washington State.
trump-to-schumer-“drop-dead”
December 30, 2017
“Non-existent”: This is the exact term the United States Department of Transportation used to describe any commitment the federal government has toward funding the ambitious, multi-billion-dollar Gateway Program, which would vastly improve passenger rail access to New York City, the nation’s busiest transportation hub.
a-trojan-horse-of-a-different-color
December 28, 2017
Way back in the day ... I’m talking way back like 2013, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) was about to award some eager, bright, inquiring minds some money to do a study of the challenges and problems of PTC implementation on commuter railroads. The purpose...
csx-illinois-central-version-20?
December 21, 2017
The death of E. Hunter Harrison caught much of the railroad industry by surprise. His passing guaranteed that CSX’s corporate makeover will be the rail industry business news story of 2017. It may also be the biggest rail industry story for several years to come.

can-amtrak-avoid-creative-destruction?
December 20, 2017
Watching Washington, December 2017: Ignore Professor Plum in the library with a candlestick as being responsible for Amtrak inefficiency. Refocus on reform—and clues leading to Amtrak’s new President Richard Anderson, who ideally possesses the determination, means, motive and opportunity to correct decades of fuzzy accounting,...
remember-that?
December 19, 2017
Anybody else here old enough to remember all the way back to June 2, 2015?
e-hunter-harrison-1944-2017
December 17, 2017
E. Hunter Harrison is gone. Railway Age’s twice-honored Railroader of the Year (2002 and 2015) died on Saturday, Dec. 16, in Wellington, Fla., from what CSX, the railroad that ultimately became the last stop in a long and distinguished career, attributed to “unexpectedly severe complications...
culture-wars-part-3
December 12, 2017
The National Transportation Safety Board, in its investgation into the April 3, 2016 fatal train accident involving Amtrak train 89 and maintenance-of-way equipment at Chester, Pa., made some damning determinations. I do mean damning, as in “leave your pass with the secretary, clean out your...
$afety-culture?
December 11, 2017
I read with interest Railway Age’s most recent reporting of the failure of Amtrak’s safety culture. From a retired employee’s perspective, let’s admit that the “S” in safety is a dollar sign. Railroads institutionally (not just Amtrak) preach safety but practice inconsistency when it comes...

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