| Jul 24, 2014
| 10:48 AM
Five years after a fiery derailment near Rockford left one woman dead and barely one year after another rail crash in Quebec killed 47, the U.S. Department of Transportation acted Wednesday to curtail use of the type of railroad tank car blamed in those...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 6:49 AM
During the recent election season, the California high-speed rail project came under attack once again, with candidates vowing to defund it. "Let's focus on real job creation," said GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari in one television commercial,...
| Jul 9, 2014
Elwood residents have long tolerated growing tractor-trailer traffic that rattles homes, strains nerves and interrupts funeral processions to the nearby national military cemetery. But with 8,000 big rigs rolling through town each day, many say their...
| Jun 25, 2014
To the editor: I believe that Madeline Janis has it all wrong. I have no issue with her recommendation that the U.S. develop the capability to manufacture high-speed rail cars and "high-tech aluminum trains." ("High-speed job creation for California," Op-...
| Jun 26, 2014
To the editor: I take issue with state Sen. Kevin de Leon's (D-Los Angeles) desire to reconfigure the construction of California's high-speed rail system. Too many have worked too hard to start all over again, as De Leon suggests. In fact, $3.4 billion in...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 2:45 PM
A massive program to improve the efficiency of the Chicago area’s rail network has made significant progress, said the head of the federal agency that overseas the nation’s railroads.
But Joseph Szabo of the Federal Railroad Administration...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 3:58 PM
Long-sought plans to restore passenger rail service next year between Chicago and Rockford got a boost Thursday with the announcement of a new route.
Service between the two cities stopped in 1981.
The new Amtrak service will begin in late 2015 with...
| May 6, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Driving the Florida Keys in a car, I might not have seen them. But riding my bike, it was hard to miss the "V" of about a dozen brown pelicans that glided no more than 15 feet above my head at Little Torch Key, flying in the direction of Key Largo while I...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 2:05 AM
MANCHESTER — Courant reporters 95 years ago figured prominently in the investigation of a bungled heist, playing a role that would be highly improbable today.
In the case of The Great Silk Robbery, the "Courant Men," as they were called in their...
| Jun 10, 2014
VIA Rail Canada's new "Prestige Class" sleeping cars will top all previous cars -- and anything on Amtrak, as well -- in providing the most comfortable and livable long-haul overnight rail accommodations. And the refurbished business-class cars for the...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 7:18 AM
In a drive to make spring a turnaround season for their troubled railroad, Metro-North senior managers are stepping up the pace of safety improvements and conducting a "listening tour" to hear complaints firsthand from commuters.
Staffers have spent...