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Another milestone reached for North American Passenger Rail!

As an update to the previous post on The Future of Passenger Rail yet another major step forward has been achieved with the delivery of another fully-safety-compliant, self-powered railcar to the Union Pearson Express in Toronto CA. Based on the same trainset manufactured by Nippon-Sharyo/Sumitomo that will soon be operating for Sonoma-Marin Transit, the fact that a self-powered railcar is finally being mass produced in compliance with North American rail safety standards should have a ripple effect across the industry. Perhaps, this development could motivate other manufacturers such as Bombardier, who could possibly retool their assembly line of M8 Electric Railcars used by the LIRR and Metro North, to produce a Diesel powered variant.
Already, Boston’s MBTA has released an RFP for a fleet of compliant DMUs to operate over their ambitious Indigo Line expansion.

Indeed, the landscape has changed considerably since the MBTA released this 2008 study analyzing DMU options for the Fairmount Line , and one may hope that Bombardier and Nippon Sharyo would be contenders. An MBTA order for Nippon Sharyo would supply their brand new manufacturing plant in Rochelle Illinois with work for years to come, while a Bombardier contract could possibly entice the Long Island Railroad to piggyback an order for their long-planned "scoot trains" in Eastern Long Island.

Meet the future of passenger rail in the United States!

For decades the feasibility of U.S passenger rail has been severely limited due to Federal mandates preventing all but the heaviest locomotives from sharing tracks with freight trains. Self Propelled Diesel Railcars are considerably more efficient to operate than conventional trains and have been a common sight in Europe. However, the FRA requirements have prevented any European models from operating without a lengthy approval process.
The unit pictured above is the first mass produced Diesel Railcar that fully meets FRA standards. It is currently in production by Nippon Sharyo-Sumitomo in Illinois, and has already had a galvanizing effect on passenger rail!.

Inspired by the MBTA Vision for 2024, I tried my own hand at sketching out a map including all the rail lines currently in operation, planning, or construction.
Note: This is still an early draft so much remains to be edited

The exciting vision for expanded rail service by the year 2024 by the MBTA. The major additions include several new “Indigo Lines” which would utilize self-propelled railcars like those currently under construction by Illinois-based Nippon Sharyo-Sumitomo pictured below.

Back when you knew who the enemy was…

New service to the Lakes Region in Maine!

Visualight showing real time MTA bus status

New York City has one of the most comprehensive transit networks in the world, yet the sheer scale of transit options available across the entire metro area is rarely reflected in maps which tend to focus only on individual transit systems. With the Superbowl coming to NJ this year, officials asked legendary designer, Massimo Vignelli’s firm to design a map that highlights the connections between NJ and Manhattan.

Vignelli is well known for his excellent design for the NYC Transit signage. Lesser known was an inspired design for the NYC Subway system that many designers believe is easier to use.

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