William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief

William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief

With Railway Age since 1992, Bill 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 on operating passenger trains on freight railroads and communications-based train control.

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For a fourth consecutive season, CSX and Front Row Motorsports will join forces to promote public safety around railroad tracks with the No. 34 “Play It Safe” Ford Fusion in NASCAR’s 2016 Sprint Cup Series. This season, 2015 Xfinity Series Champion and 2016 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year candidate Chris Buescher will drive the 34, which will be powered by Ford engines sourced from Roush-Yates Engines.

The crude by rail (CBR) boom that less than two years ago preoccupied the industry and generated intense regulatory scrutiny is, for all intents and purposes, over, according to a new analysis by RBN Energy.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:17

The race to finish PTC

2018 or 2020, whatever the case may be, isn’t very far off. According to a Positive Train Control implementation chart published on the Federal Railroad Administration website, 30 out 37 U.S. freight and passenger railroads required to have PTC—roughly 80%—will have the technology in place by the year-end 2018 extended deadline.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 11:20

Rittenbaum, Tekorius ascend at Greenbrier

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. has promoted two senior-level executives to new positions. CFO Mark J. Rittenbaum, has been promoted to the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Commercial, Leasing and Finance. Lorie L. Tekorius, Senior Vice President and Treasurer, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, CFO and Treasurer. Both report to Chairman and CEO William A. Furman.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 10:07

Another white paper from Canadian Pacific

Continuing its hostile pursuit of Norfolk Southern, and faced with some stiff political and rail industry opposition in the U.S., Canadian Pacific on Feb. 3, 2016 released a white paper, CP-NS: A Comprehensive Approach to Regulatory Approval “detailing the comprehensive, merit-based process any merger application would be subject to at the Surface Transportation Board,” CP said.

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 10:43

Gil Carmichael, 1927 – 2016

Gilbert Ellzey “Gil” Carmichael, former Federal Railroad Administrator, and founder of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver, died Jan. 31, 2016 at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian, Miss. He was 88.

A strategic business plan signed by General Electric and Russian locomotive and car builder Transmashholding for a diesel powerplant joint venture is an important component of a plan for GE to invest $1 billion in Russia’s oil and gas, power and transportation industries by 2020.

Monday, 01 February 2016 13:57

Siemens expanding Sacramento footprint

Siemens Mobility announced on Feb. 1, 2016 that it is expanding its footprint in Sacramento,Calif., with a new 60,000-square-foot plant dedicated to its rail service, maintenance and repair operations.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is suing Amtrak in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts after the two companies failed to reach agreement on new, vastly increased access fees for MBTA commuter trains operating between Attleboro, Mass., at the Rhode Island border, and Providence, R.I., on the Northeast Corridor.

Thursday, 28 January 2016 13:39

SEPTA turns to sustainable traction power

Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corp., has awarded ABB Canada’s power and automation technology division a contract to engineer, manufacture and commission seven ENVILINETM Energy Storage Systems (ESS) wayside energy management systems with lithium-ion battery storage technology from Saft America, for SEPTA’s (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) rail transit network.

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