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Feb 29, 2016

Rep. Cummings seeks progress on Baltimore rail station redevelopment

Rep. Elijah Cummings is pushing for Amtrak officials to make progress on the long awaited redevelopment of Baltimore’s Penn Station. The Baltimore Sun reports that Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman said Friday that nine firms are interested in the project, but it remains unclear when it would be completed. Amtrak wants to redevelop the upper floors […]

Feb 8, 2016

Many Baltimore residents oppose tunnel relocation project

Several west Baltimore residents are opposing a plan that would re-route a train tunnel beneath their homes, businesses and neighborhood centers. The Baltimore Sun reports over 60 residents attended Saturday’s public hearing, urging Amtrak and state, federal, and local transportation officials to scrap a proposal to rebuild the Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel in the interest […]

Oct 21, 2014

U.S. would approve rail merger?

(AP) The CEO of Canadian Pacific says U.S. regulators would approve a well-structured railroad merger, but nothing is planned now that talks with CSX ended. CEO Hunter Harrison said during a conference call Tuesday he doesn’t agree with the view that the Surface Transportation Board wouldn’t approve any merger. Merging the Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. […]

Aug 15, 2014

Western Maryland railroad featured in Meg Ryan movie

(AP) The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is playing a part in an upcoming Hollywood film. Railroad officials said Thursday that Meg Ryan, directing her first movie, shot the railroad’s steam locomotive at various points along its route between Cumberland and Frostburg last week. The scenes are for the movie “Ithaca,” set during the World War […]

Jun 11, 2014

Study of aging Baltimore rail tunnel moves forward

Federal and state officials and Amtrak are studying ways to improve a 141-year-old tunnel that carries passenger trains through Baltimore.

Jun 13, 2013

Rail crossing stop signs faded at Rosedale crash site

Stop signs at a rail crossing where a train and trash truck crashed in a Baltimore suburb were faded and one was hung upside down and facing away from the road, according to a preliminary report on last month’s derailment and explosion. The National Transportation Safety Board released the report on the May 28 derailment […]

Sep 13, 2012

Railroad retiree from Md. gets 18 months for tax evasion

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — An ex-railroad worker from Maryland who ran a West Virginia scrap yard while collecting disability checks will spend 18 months in prison for tax evasion. Fifty-year-old Kenneth Harold Hogan of Oldtown, Md., was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg earlier this week on a misdemeanor count of making false statements and […]

Jul 23, 2012

Two largest short-line railroads to merge

GREENWICH, Conn. — Genesee & Wyoming said Monday that it will buy RailAmerica for about $1.39 billion in a deal that combines the two largest short-line and regional rail operators in North America. The combined company will operate 108 railroads in the U.S. and abroad. The deal will diversify what the railroads carry, offering protection […]

Nov 17, 2011

Congress about to kill high-speed train program

WASHINGTON — Congress is on the verge of killing funding for President Barack Obama’s signature high-speed rail program, but it may have some life in it still. Republican lawmakers are claiming credit for killing the program. But billions of dollars still in the pipeline will ensure work will continue on some projects. And it’s still […]

Oct 20, 2011

Maryland metal recyclers taking precautions

HAGERSTOWN — Jack Metzner and Bill Wright say they are frustrated that Conservit Inc. is associated in some people’s minds with the ongoing problem of metal thefts. They are aware there are those who say there wouldn’t be a problem with metal thefts if there were no metal recyclers. The two executives at Conservit bristle […]

Jul 5, 2011

Railroad, maritime lawyers see victory in high court ruling

Although the case was closer than expected, attorneys who represent railroad workers are applauding the Supreme Court’s decision last week that applied a relaxed causation standard to injury claims under the Federal Employers Liability Act. In a 5-4 opinion in which Justice Clarence Thomas was the unusual swing vote, the Court held in CSX Transportation […]

May 18, 2011

Md. praised for bill seeking rail companies’ Holocaust roles

ANNAPOLIS — Members of Congress are praising Maryland lawmakers for approving a bill requiring the French rail company SNCF to disclose its role in transporting victims of the Holocaust, if the company seeks a procurement contract to provide MARC train service in the state. In a letter released Wednesday, eight lawmakers point out that the […]

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