Rail

U.S. DOT encourages production of steel streetcar rails

Posted on June 6, 2011

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Transportation hosted a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C., with transportation, manufacturing and steel industry leaders to discuss a plan for producing steel streetcar rails in the U.S.

"The Obama Administration is committed to putting Americans back to work making the products our nation needs to compete," said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. "We want U.S. manufacturers to supply the rails for U.S. streetcars and today's meeting was a first step toward making this a reality."

Deputy Secretary John Porcari, who led the meeting, said he hopes it will help determine the potential market size for steel rails and the level of interest among manufacturers, as well as identify obstacles that need to be addressed.

Industry experts estimate that 18,000 metric tons of steel girder rail will be needed over the next three years to meet the demand of streetcar projects being planned and built in the U.S. That amount is expected to expand to upwards of 33,000 metric tons over the coming decade.

Deputy Secretary Porcari called the meeting following a survey by the FTA and the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership that indicated interest among domestic steelwork foundries in manufacturing streetcar rails.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Ill. bill doubles fines for drivers who illegally cross railroad tracks

The legislation doubles the fines from $250 to $500 for a first offense and from $500 to $1,000 for a second or subsequent offense.

FTA's Flowers testifies on D.C. Metro rail safety oversight progress

Through a comprehensive Safety Management Inspection, three Safety Directives, two immediate action letters, and ongoing inspection and investigation activity FTA safety oversight is requiring WMATA to take numerous positive actions to improve safety for passengers and workers.

Siemens consortium to deliver 22 trains to Bangkok

Delivery of the first metro trains is scheduled in 2018, and the order will be completed in the following year.

Sacramento RT considering closing light rail line indefinitely

The agency opened its $44 million Green Line only four years ago; however, the line currently averages only 440 boardings a day with limited service, and costs RT $330,000 annually to operate.

L.A. Metro celebrates launch of Expo Line to Santa Monica

The 6.6-mile Expo extension runs from Culver City to Santa Monica and includes seven stations. Ridership on the new portion is projected to total 18,000 to 20,000 weekday boardings after the first year of service. The travel time from downtown L.A. to the Downtown Santa Monica Station is 48 minutes.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close