New Sound Transit service has underwhelming start

The new commuter rail service to and from Lakewood saw an average of 237 passengers at two new stops in the first 17 days of revenue service. The operator predicted 380 to 530 daily boardings within the first two years of operation.

Calif. VTA may extend light rail

Would add 1.6 miles of track and be implemented in two phases based on funding availability.

Rail ticketing app a hit with MBTA riders

Commuters have downloaded the transit system’s new mobile ticketing app 6,000 times in the three days after it was launched.

Amtrak, VIA Rail partner to add seats for Thanksgiving travel

VIA Rail is providing 10 coach cars and two dome cars on the New York state-supported Adirondack service operating between Albany-Rensselaer and Montreal. This will allow some Amtrak equipment used on that route to be reassigned, adding about 300 seats to trains operating on the Northeast Corridor.

FRA, rail industry fights electronic device distraction

Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo joined Union Pacific, senior railroad industry leaders and labor officials at a kick-off event to highlight the dangers of using electronic devices on the job.

All but one of NJ Transit rail lines fully restored

Includes the restoration of service along the North Jersey Coast Line, which suffered the brunt of the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy.

FTA to award Honolulu rail project $1.55B FFGA

Signing is the final step of the FTA’s New Starts federal funding process for new rail systems, and makes available $200 million to the Honolulu rail project for fiscal year 2012.

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