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Railway Interchange 2015
Ferrara named interim NYCT president
New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast has named MTA Bridges and Tunnels President James Ferrara as interim president of MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) effective Aug. 21, when
NYCT President Carmen Bianco retires.
Ferrara will serve as interim president until Bianco’s permanent replacement is named.
For New York New Jersey Rail, new KLW power
New York New Jersey Rail, LLC (NYNJR), a rail-barge short line wholly owned by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, has taken delivery on three new ultra-low-emissions SE10B diesel-electric switcher locomotives from
Knoxville Locomotive Works
(KLW). The contract, valued at $5.25 million, marks the first collaboration between the Port Authority and KLW.
Siemens, Thales land NYCT QBL West Phase 1 CBTC contracts
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has awarded Siemens Industry Inc. and Thales Transport & Security two 67-month contracts worth a total of $205.8 million to install communications-based train control (CBTC) on a portion of the New York City Transit (NYCT) Queens Boulevard Line (QBL).
AAR reports flat weekly rail traffic
For the week ending August 22, 2015, total U.S. rail traffic was 567,943 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.4% compared with the same week in 2014, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported on August 26, 2015.
Cesar Vergara recipient of Railway Age Graham Claytor Award
Railway Age has selected noted railway industry industrial designer Cesar A. Vergara as recipient of the 2015 W. Graham Claytor Jr. Award for Distinguished Service to Passenger Transportation. Vergara will accept the award at the
22nd Annual Passenger Trains on Freight Railroads Conference
in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 28, 2015.
September 01, 2015
BART awards $12.6 million revenue management system contract to CTS
Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS), a business unit of Cubic Corporation, has been awarded a $12.6 million contract from the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) to update its revenue management system, the company announced September 1, 2015. The...
September 01, 2015
Introducing the NS GP33ECO
Norfolk Southern unveiled on Sept. 1, 2015 its new GP33ECO switcher locomotive in ceremonies at Inman Yard in Atlanta, Ga. Designed and constructed at the railroad’s Juniata backshops, the GP33ECO will yard service as the mother unit in a mother-slug set....
September 01, 2015
Holland to perform wheel truing for Class I railroad
Holland LP has been chosen to perform wheel truing services for a Class I railroad at the railroad’s field locations in Texas and New Mexico, the company announced August 31, 2015. Holland will provide remote mobile wheel truing using a state-of-the-art...
August 31, 2015
Bytemark, HayCon team up with Capital Metro on real-time trip planning
Bytemark, Inc., a pioneer in mobile commerce ticketing and integration for the mass transit industry, and HaCon, the leading European player for planning, scheduling and information solutions, announced August 31, 2015 that they have been awarded a contract to provide...
August 31, 2015
SYSTRA appoints new VP, Corporate Strategy and Development
SYSTRA has appointed Bonnie Shepherd as Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development, the company announced on August 31, 2015. In this capacity, Shepherd will be responsible for leading SYSTRA North America’s annual strategic planning process, driving goal achievement, developing...
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Frank N. Wilner
August 11, 2015
PTC: It’s the deadline, stupid
Syntax-challenged George W. Bush was bang-on correct in saying, “You got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in.” So it is with Positive Train Control (PTC)—a $14 billion safety overlay utilizing computers, transponders and GPS to...
August 10, 2015
Stop whimpering and find a way
Last week, the FRA released its most recent report to Congress on the status of PTC implementation. As these things go, it’s not a bad report. It touches on all the big issues; says all the right things; and almost pleads with Congress to do...
William C. Vantuono
July 31, 2015
GUEST BLOG: “Build the new tunnels already”
National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) President and CEO Jim Mathews issued a statement responding to the recent incidents that have affected intercity and commuter rail operations in the New York/New Jersey region of the Northeast Corridor. We reprint it here in its entirety, unedited:
July 20, 2015
The importance of little accidents
You know the kind I mean: the ones where nobody gets hurt, nothing blows up, and nobody shows up, except you.
July 17, 2015
LRT beats BRT on key metrics: FTA
For several decades, U.S. proponents of “bus rapid transit” (so-called BRT) have waged a veritable war against light rail transit (LRT), relying particularly on a claim that BRT is “just like light rail, but cheaper.”
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