Commuter Rail

GO Transit Launching Year-Round Weekday GO Service to Niagara Falls

GO Transit is launching year-round weekday GO train service to Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. The new service starts Jan. 7. According to the agency: The existing weekday 6:39 a.m. eastbound trip from West Harbour GO will begin at Niagara Falls at 5:19 a.m., stop at St. Catharines at 5:41 a.m. and continue on to West Harbour, making all stops to Clarkson then running express to Union Station as usual and at the current times. The existing weekday 5:15 p.m. westbound trip from Union to West Harbour will be extended to make a stop at St. Catharines at 7:22 p.m., and

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Commuter Rail

Canadian Authorities Arrests Two on Terrorism-Related Charges

OTTAWA – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on April 22 arrested two people in connection”with conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack against a VIA passenger train,” the law enforcement agency said. RCMP said they disrupted the threat early. While the RCMP believed that these individuals had the capacity and intent to carry out these criminal acts, there was no imminent threat to the general public, rail employees, train passengers or infrastructure. The two accused, Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, who live in the Montreal and Toronto area were conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack against a VIA

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Canadian National

CN Sells Oakville-Burlington, Ont., Line Segment to Metrolinx

TORONTO — CN today closed the sale of a segment of rail line principally used by GO Transit commuter trains in the Oakville-Burlington, Ont., area west of Toronto to Metrolinx for C$52.5 million. Metrolinx is the Province of Ontario’s regional transportation agency for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). GO Transit, a division of Metrolinx, is Ontario’s inter-regional public transit system linking Toronto with the surrounding regions of the GTHA. Metrolinx is acquiring the segment of CN’s Oakville Subdivision from a point near Fourth Line in Oakville west to a point just east of where CN’s freight main line

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Amtrak

Amtrak to Offer Modified Service Starting Nov. 1

Amtrak will provide modified Northeast Regional service between Boston and New Haven, Conn., and between Newark, N.J., and points south, on Thursday, Nov. 1. Amtrak will also operate Shuttle service trains between Springfield, Mass., and New Haven, Keystone Service trains between Harrisburg, Penn., and Philadelphia, and Downeaster service trains between Boston and Portland, Maine, along with additional overnight services to and from the Northeast. Amtrak is continuing to remove water from tunnels in order to make repairs to track, signal and power systems under the Hudson and East rivers and to restore service to and from Penn Station in New

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Commuter Rail

Wabtec Signs $45 Million Contract To Repower Locomotives For Toronto’s Metrolinx

WILMERDING, Pa. — Wabtec Corp.’s MotivePower subsidiary has signed a $45 million contract with Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario and the regional transportation authority for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). MotivePower will repower 11 locomotives with new engines and propulsion systems that meet significantly higher environmental standards. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2014. The locomotives, originally built by MotivePower about five years ago, will be repowered with new engines that meet Tier 4 emission standards, as set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. They include technology that reduces diesel particulate emissions by about 85

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Canadian National

CN Sells Greater Toronto Area Rail Lines to Metrolinx for GO Transit Services

TORONTO — CN has sold two rail line segments in the Greater Toronto Area to Metrolinx for $310.5 million Canadian. GO Transit’s Richmond Hill commuter rail service operates over a portion of CN’s Bala Subdivision. Metrolinx is acquiring a segment of the subdivision from approximately Rosedale Valley Road north through the Don Valley to CN’s main east-west freight line north of Steeles Avenue near the Toronto-York Region border. Metrolinx is also acquiring a segment of CN’s Oakville Subdivision from a point near 30th Street in the Etobicoke area of Toronto and terminating just west of the Fourth Line in Oakville,