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.
H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act, the six-year transportation bill passed on Nov. 5, 2015 by the U.S. House of Representatives, included all major recommendations for which the Railway Supply Institute (RSI) had advocated.
Why is PTC so expensive? So complicated? So time-consuming? Delving into its past may provide some answers.
Air brake technology is improving. Do FRA brake test rules need updating?
It takes tenacity—and lots of capital—to keep one of the nation’s largest rail transit systems rolling.
Rep. Reid Ribble’s (R-Wisc.) proposed amendment to H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, which would allow heavier trucks on the nation’s highways “will cost taxpayers billions of dollars in damaged roads and bridges while further straining already depleted federal coffers,” said Association of American Railroads President and CEO Ed Hamberger. “The amendment should be parked.”
The U.S. House of Representatives, which I have grown fond of calling “The Society for Attaching Things to Other Things,” is scheduled to consider the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 (a.k.a. the “Highway Bill”), H.R. 3763, and it has roughly three weeks to do something with it before H.R. 3819, the temporary extension for transportation funding, expires on Nov. 20.
The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) reported on Oct. 30, 2015 that an extension of the Short Line Railroad Rehabilitation Investment Act, more commonly referred to as the 45G Tax Credit, now has 51 Senate sponsors, a majority. The House legislation, H.R. 721, secured a majority of 218 co-sponsors some months ago and currently has 246 sponsors. The credit, in place since 2005, expired on Dec. 31, 2014.
Twenty-five delegates to the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association Eastern Region Meeting in Erie, Pa., took advantage of an opportunity spend an afternoon touring the manufacturing facilities of Power Drives, Inc. (PDI), a supplier of diesel locomotive idle reduction technologies.
The National Railroad Hall of Fame has inducted Edward Gowen Budd, founder of the Edward G. Budd Manufacturing Co. in Philadelphia in 1912. Bombardier Transportation, which acquired the Budd Co.’s passenger railcar designs and related assets of its mass transit equipment division in 1987, accepted the award on Edward Budd’s behalf during an Oct. 27, 2015 ceremony at St. Louis Union Station.
The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. on Oct. 30, 2015 reported record financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter and full year ended Aug. 31, 2015.