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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.
Introducing the NS GP33ECO Norfolk Southern unveiled on Sept. 1, 2015 its new GP33ECO switcher locomotive during ceremonies at Inman Yard in Atlanta, Ga.
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.

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September 01, 2015
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 Sept. 1, 2015. The...
September 01, 2015
Norfolk Southern unveiled on Sept. 1, 2015 its new GP33ECO switcher locomotive during ceremonies at Inman Yard in Atlanta, Ga. Designed and constructed at the railroad’s Juniata locomotive shops, the GP33ECO will see yard service as the mother unit in a...
September 01, 2015
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 Aug. 31, 2015. Holland will provide remote mobile wheel truing using a state-of-the-art...
August 31, 2015
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 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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August 11, 2015
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
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...
July 31, 2015
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
You know the kind I mean: the ones where nobody gets hurt, nothing blows up, and nobody shows up, except you.
July 17, 2015
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.”