RailNews

Keep up to date on the latest light rail, rapid transit, commuter, and long-distance passenger rail news from coast to coast.

Siemens Canada secures major order for VIA Rail Canada

December 13, 2018

Siemens Canada secures major order for VIA Rail Canada

Siemens Canada has been awarded a major contract with VIA Rail Canada to design and build 32 new bi-directional corridor trainsets to be delivered by 2022.


Brightline to be re-branded as Virgin Trains USA

November 16, 2018

Brightline to be re-branded as Virgin Trains USA

In exchange for a stake in the company, Brightline trains will be rebranded as Virgin Trains USA in 2019.


Ride the White River Rocket on September 29

July 2, 2018

Ride the White River Rocket on September 29

Tickets are $125.00 per person and includes the ride on the White River Rocket, luncheon at Joliet Union Station, the “Rocket House” stop, and admission to the evening program at Chicago Union Station.


New and Contemporary Dining Soon on Two Amtrak Routes

April 20, 2018

New and Contemporary Dining Soon on Two Amtrak Routes

Amtrak will offer contemporary and fresh dining choices for sleeping car customers, instead of traditional dining car service, embarking aboard its Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited trains starting June 1.


New CDOT Hartford Line to Debut June 15

April 17, 2018

New CDOT Hartford Line to Debut June 15

The Connecticut Department of Transportation today announced it will launch the Hartford Line rail service with an inaugural event on Friday, June 15.


Metra to End Online Ticket Sales

April 2, 2018

Metra to End Online Ticket Sales

The last day to purchase a Monthly Pass (the July pass) via the website will be June 20 and the last day to purchase a 10-Ride Ticket will be June 30.


Amtrak to End Special Trains, Charters

March 28, 2018

Amtrak to End Special Trains, Charters

In a stunning blow to operators and fans of historic locomotives and passenger equipment nationwide, Amtrak issued a memo to employees on March 28 stating its intent to immediately stop hosting charter excursions, private cars and special trains.


New CT Rail Branding Revealed

March 5, 2018

New CT Rail Branding Revealed

Connecticut DOT is branding the new Hartford Line service as “CT Rail.”


Metra to Purchase Surplus Amtrak F59PHIs

February 21, 2018

Metra to Purchase Surplus Amtrak F59PHIs

Chicago commuter carrier Metra announced the purchase of 21 F59HPI diesel locomotives from Amtrak to help with a motive power shortage.


Metro-North Welcomes Catherine Rinaldi as Sixth President

February 21, 2018

Metro-North Welcomes Catherine Rinaldi as Sixth President

The MTA Metro-North Railroad is welcoming its sixth President: Catherine Rinaldi, a veteran of the Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road, will become the first woman to serve in this role.