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Railway Age News

Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad (R&N) announced on Nov. 24, 2015 that it will take over ownership of the rail infrastructure at the Humboldt Industrial Park beginning Jan. 1, 2016 through an agreement with the park’s owner, CAN DO, Inc., according to CAN DO President Kevin O’Donnell and Andrew Muller, Jr., owner and CEO of the rail company.

CSX’s Santa Train completed its 73rd run on Nov. 21, 2015 in Kingsport, Tenn., after having made its inaugural run in 1943 as a good will gesture to residents of rural Eastern Kentucky and Southwest Virginia.

The Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) Board of Directors announced on Nov. 20, 2015 that it has elected members and officers for the two-year term that begins Jan. 1, 2016.

Metalex, a Jason Company, announced on Nov. 20, 2015 a new, authorized distribution partner in Unity Railway Supply to distribute Morton Rail Products—the source for safe walking surfaces to the railroad freight car industry, effective immediately. The new partnership will focus on the rail repair market to drive improved service and delivery to the Morton’s valued customers, the company said.

Joe Leader, a 29-year veteran of MTA New York City Transit, resigned his post as Senior Vice President Subways on Nov. 18, 2015. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer-Service Delivery Wynton Habersham (below, left) will fill Leader’s position in an acting capacity. Leader had been SVP Subways for slightly more than two years.

VIA Rail on Nov. 14, 2015, commissioned CTC (centralized traffic control) on its entire North Mainline (Guelph Subdivision) between Georgetown and London, Ontario.

Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS), a business unit of Cubic Corporation announced Nov. 19, 2015 that it has signed a three-year contract extension with TransLink commencing in September 2016, to continue operating and maintaining the go card smart card system in the Australian state of Queensland.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail system contractor Keolis Commuter Services posted a non-adjusted weekday on-time performance rate of 90.44% for October, “the best performance for that month in nearly a decade.” When adjusted for slippery rail and other conditions or incidents not under Keolis control, on-time performance was 94.44%.

Siemens Mobility Division executive Sabrina Soussan has been named CEO of the division’s High Speed and Commuter Rail and Locomotive business units, reporting to Siemens Mobility Division CEO Jochen Eickholt.

For the week ending Nov. 14, 2015, total U.S. rail traffic was 543,681 carloads and intermodal units, down 4.7% compared with the same week in 2014, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported on Nov. 18, 2015.

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