With Railway Age since 1992, William C. Vantuono has broadened and deepened the magazine's coverage of the technological revolution that is so swiftly changing the industry. He has also strengthened Railway Age’s leadership position in industry affairs with the conferences he conducts, among them Next-Generation Train Control, Light Rail, and Rail Insights. He is the author or co-author or editor of several books, among them All About Railroading; John Armstrong’s The Railroad: What It Is, What It Does; Railway Age’s Comprehensive Railroad Dictionary; and Planning, Engineering, and Operating Light Rail, With Applications in New Jersey.
Norfolk Southern Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Marta R. Stewart intends to retire effective Aug. 1, 2017, after a 34-year career.
The Railway Supply Institute American Railway Car Institute Committee published its railcar industry order, delivery and backlog statistics for 1Q17 on April 25. Orders in the quarter declined sequentially to 4,814 cars from 4,866 cars in 4Q16. The industry delivered 10,042 railcars in the quarter, following last quarter’s delivery figure of 14,914 railcars. The backlog now stands at 60,471 railcars, down 9.3% from the prior quarter’s level of 66,681 cars.
The Trump Administration on April 26 released a proposed overhaul of the federal income tax system that promises to simplify the tax structure as well as reduce the rate at which large corporations are taxed to 15%.
CN has renamed its national employee training center in Winnipeg after former President and CEO Claude Mongeau.
Carlos Rojas, who is expected to become Chief of Police for Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) within the next two months, will have his work cut out for him. He will be dealing with what appears to be an emerging crime problem: Old West-style ambush train robberies.
Wabtec Corp., in reporting results for 2017’s first quarter, noted that higher Transit Group sales offset lower Freight Group figures. The company also affirmed financial guidance for 2017.
CN’s first-quarter 2017 financial and operating results reflect a strong start to the year and have prompted an upward revision to its 2017 financial outlook.
For reasons unspecified other than he may have had enough of dealing with hostile politicians like Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Rail Subcommittee, California High Speed Rail Authority CEO Jeff Morales announced April 21 he is stepping down as of June 2. Officially, he said it is time for him to move on, now that construction is under way on the $64 billion, voter-approved project.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has named Thomas Gibson Vice President and Western Regional Manager of its Transit and Rail practice, based in Sacramento. Gibson is responsible for technical and operational management, project delivery, staff acquisition and business growth.
I appreciate a good cup of coffee, especially a cappuccino or espresso (please don’t say expresso, especially in a good Italian restaurant). That’s why I have refused to drink Amtrak coffee, which is like ingesting lube oil—until now.