Amtrak upgrades Seattle maintenance facility

Completed phase one and two of the process, which included creating an enclosed structure over two tracks and a new three-story maintenance warehouse and administrative office that replaced functions formerly performed in trailers.

Las Vegas X Train chooses station contractor

R&O Construction's responsibilities for the X Train's Las Vegas Station include assembling a project team, choosing subcontractors, and evaluating design for budget and time considerations.

Siemens awarded Calif. railcar refurbishment contract

The refurbishment will add approximately 15 years of additional useful life to the vehicles, while new vehicles are typically built to last 30 years. Siemens will also modernize the vehicle's communications, event recorders and auxiliary power systems.

Honolulu begins train maintenance facility construction

Along with the train system control center, the facility will house a maintenance building for track inspection and repairs; a train vehicle wash facility; and train wheel repair center.

Amtrak loses millions on food, beverage service

Possible solutions discussed included using café cars instead of dining cars on long-distance routes and replacing the food and beverage service with vending machines or food service carts.

N.C. looks to garner local support for transit plans

Raleigh City Council members discussed local transportation needs, and the importance of getting the public on board with local transit plans. In particular, they reviewed the proposed $75 million Union Station downtown, which would provide a hub for Amtrak passenger trains.

Group: Vehicle emissions to increase 300% by 2050

Solutions to create paradigm shift include BRT, avoiding unnecessary trips and improving vehicle efficiency with cleaner fuels.

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