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RTA, UIUC sponsoring two educational events
In June 2014, the Railway Tie Association (RTA) and the Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) will host joint activities that will provide educational and networking opportunities relating to crossties and fastening systems. These events are expected to draw domestic and international attendees that include rail infrastructure component designers, manufacturers, researchers, and end users such as Class I’s and transit operators.
GCRTA selects Protracker for roadway worker protection
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) has selected Protran Technology’s Protracker System for roadway worker protection. A multiple APTA Safety Gold Award recipient, GCRTA was one of the first rail transit systems to implement new technology with a roadway...
Illinois infrastructure plan includes $1.85 billion for public transportation
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has unveiled a six-year, $8.6-billion capital construction program plan consisting of federal, state, and local funds. The plan incorporates $1.85 billion for public transportation. While most of the Fiscal Years 2015-2020 plan is earmarked for 1,845 miles...
Amtrak awards Empire Corridor contract work
Amtrak has awarded engineering company Michael Baker Jr., Inc. a $4.2 million contract for construction management and inspection services involving several projects on its Empire Corridor in New York State. "We are extremely pleased to be performing this construction services contract...
O’Connor, Yaeger, Hayden among new Metro-North leadership
MTA Metro-North Railroad has appointed three industry veterans to executive posts in its transportation, mechanical, and engineering divisions, as part of a major reorganization, newly appointed President Joe Giulietti announced in early April. Amtrak and New Jersey Transit veteran Kevin J....
Short Line of the Year: Coos Bay Rail Link
An Oregon right-of-way, moribund for four years, gets the resources and support it needs from its stakeholders to serve an eager and rapidly growing customer base. The premature obituary in 2007 was ominous enough: Died from a collapsed tunnel, the exclamation...
Rolling contact fatigue root causes
Use of self-steering trucks can result in a significant reduction of high impact wheel removals, compared to traditional, non-steering three-piece units. High impact wheels (HIW) have been a major cause for wheel removal. One of the root causes for HIW is...
New manager for Harsco Rail Columbia plant
Harsco Corp. division Harsco Rail, a global supplier of railway track maintenance and construction equipment, has appointed Craig Fairley as the new Plant Manager of its Columbia, S.C., production facility. Fairley has held several senior positions in his career, among them...
AREMA/Watford Fellowship application deadline nears
The AREMA Educational Foundation, in cooperation with the U.S. Committee to the Watford Group of International Railway Designers, has created the “Watford Fellowship,” described as “a unique learning opportunity for an aspiring railway employee to gain an international perspective of...
InnoTrans offers discounted tickets to North American attendees
InnoTrans, the semi-annual global railway industry trade exhibition and the largest event of its type, is offering discounted tickets to North American attendees. The discounted tickets are 60% off the regular price. North Americans who plan a trip to InnoTrans 2014...
Highway homicide affects railroads, too
This is about a highway homicide — and we know who dunnit. The perp long ago was identified by state and federal authorities. Yet Congress refuses to order the collar, closing its eyes to a mayhem playing out at every...
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