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.
RailComm is launching its newest smart monitoring and analytics platform, RailComm InsightTM, at Railway Interchange 2015 in Minneapolis, Oct. 4-6. In addition, the company will be showcasing other new software and hardware products for yard automation and main line dispatching.
NRE’s NREX 2015 Genset on Aug. 14, 2015 became the first locomotive to be verified by the California Environmental Protection Agency as achieving U.S. EPA Tier 4 emission standards.
A Blue Ribbon Panel convened by Amtrak is recommending co-located train dispatchers, improved operating practices, and capital improvement projects to help relieve rail gridlock in and around Chicago and prevent an estimated $800 billion in nationwide economic impacts resulting from the congestion.
That whooshing sound you may have heard early on Wednesday, Sept. 30 was a collective sigh of relief expelled by everybody who has been beating their head against the wall since 2008, when the Rail Safety Improvement Act mandating fully operational Positive Train Control by the stroke of midnight Jan. 1, 2016, was passed.
Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) 248 has issued recommendations to settle a contract dispute between New Jersey Transit and the Rail Labor Coalition of 14 unions representing 4,300 union workers that has dragged on for four years, with no end in sight and the looming possibility of a strike or lockout.
Progress Rail Services Corp., a Caterpillar company, on Sept. 28, 2015 entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Rail Product Solutions, Inc. (RPS) from Amsted Rail Company, Inc. RPS is a leading North America provider of track fastening products and integrated fastening systems.
Norfolk Southern is honoring Executive Vice President Planning and Chief Information Officer Deborah Harris Butler, who is retiring Oct. 1, 2015, by renaming its classification and intermodal yard in Memphis, Tenn., “Harris Yard.”
Metro de Panama has awarded Consórcio Línea, a Brazilian/Spanish consortium of Alstom, CIM, Sofratesa, Thales and TSO, a $2.2 billion contract to supply Line 2 of the Panama Metro system on a turnkey basis.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), everybody’s favorite publicity-seeking, TV-camera-loving narcissistic politician, has been saying publicly that Amtrak’s board of directors has selected Alstom Transport to supply a fleet of new high-speed trainsets for the Boston-New York-Washington D.C. Northeast Corridor, to succeed aging Acela Express equipment. Schumer, according to reliable sources with whom I’ve spoken at Amtrak, has opened his big mouth way, way too soon.
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has awarded a $3.1 million contract to Battelle to perform an Independent Safety Assessment (ISA) and provide safety certification support for the design and implementation of interoperable Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) on Phase 1 of the Queens Boulevard Line (QBL) West project on New York City Transit.