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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Tuesday, 06 December 2011 06:32

Patriot Rail names David Rohal VP

Patriot Rail Corp., which owns and operates 12 short line railroads, announced the appointment of David J. Rohal to its management team as vice president, reporting to Chairman, President, and CEO Gary O. Marino.

Tuesday, 06 December 2011 07:16

APTA: Transit tax benefit disparity looms

Americans who ride public transportation will face increased commuting costs if Congress does not act to extend the transit commuter benefit by the end of the year, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the American Public Transportation Association.

apta_logo.jpgAPTA said the move would “create a disparity in the federal tax code in favor of the car driver.” A failure to extend a transit benefit also “will hit the very workers who may need it the most,” APTA said, noting 70% of those who are transit reliant have household incomes from $15,000 to $99,000 a year, according to APTA’s latest demographic survey of riders.

“Unless Congress acts, there will be a financial bias in the federal tax code against public transit use,” said APTA President Michael P. Melaniphy. “We are seeking to maintain parity with the parking benefit to ensure that there isn’t a disincentive to take public transportation.”

Legislation to temporarily establish parity between parking and transit/vanpool benefits at $230 per month per commuter was extended under the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act through 2011. However, APTA said, the transit/vanpool portion of the benefit will revert to $125 per month when the provision expires at the end of the year while the parking benefit increases to $240.

APTA is calling on Congress to act now to permanently extend the maximum transit commuter tax benefit to the level equal to the parking tax benefit.

“If the transit commuter benefit is allowed to expire, it will serve as a tax increase on transit riders and their employers,” said Melaniphy. It will amount to allowing payroll taxes to increase on both employees and the employers who offer the benefits. People should have reasonable transportation choices and federal tax law should maintain a level playing field for those choices.”

In the long term, APTA is urging transit riders to urge support of Rep. Jim McGovern’s (D-Mass.) legislation in the House of Representatives, paired with a similar Senate bill sponsored by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), to permanently extend parity for this benefit.
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 10:23

CP focuses on locomotive fleet productivity

Canadian Pacific on Tuesday announced that 61 new high horsepower GE Evolution (EVO) Series AC locomotives have been brought into service and that CP has initiated a program to modernize its low and medium horsepower yard locomotives.

cp_logo_2009.jpgThe new EVO locomotives, which are currently in transcontinental service on priority series trains, will increase capacity, enhance service reliability, further the company’s long train strategy, reduce emissions, and contribute to the company's 1%-to-2% annual fuel efficiency improvement target.

CP also said it expects delivery of an additional 30 EVO locomotives in the firstquarter of 2012.

Through Progress Rail Services’ Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) subsidiary, CP will also begin to modernize a portion of its low and medium horsepower locomotive fleet. The remanufacture of these locomotives, which will beginin 2012 and take place over the next several years, supports yard fluidity and yard dwell reduction goals, and reduces fuel consumption and ongoing maintenance costs.

Refreshing its locomotive fleet to reduce costs, capture efficiencies, and create capacity for growth is a key element in CP's plan to position thefranchise to achieve an annual operating ratio in the low 70s in the next three to four years.
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 06:07

CANARAIL names Miguel Valero president

Montreal-based CANARAIL on Wednesday announced it had appointed Miguel Valero president, effective Aug. 8. Valero is based in the company’s headquarters.

canarail_logo.jpgThe company, specializing in feasibility studies, consulting, and the design and implementation of projects in the rail sector, said the addition of Valero to its leadership team brings a renewed vision and an increasing operational momentum.

Prior to joining CANARAIL, Valero worked for various international companies in the road transport and industrial sectors.

"Leading a company such as CANARAIL represents an exciting challenge that I am very proud of,” said Valero in a statement. “With the increase of rail transportation projects, particularly urban ones, there will be more opportunities for CANARAIL to promote its professionals’ expertise, such as in railway electrification, and continue to grow both in Quebec and abroad.”
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 09:34

New bridge eyed for NS Southern Tier

Growing freight traffic potential, spurred on by energy production activity in the Marcellus Shale formation in western New York State and Pennsylvania, is encouraging Norfolk Southern to replace a historic bridge on NS’s Southern Tier route linking Buffalo and Binghamton, N.Y., and spanning the Genesee River in Letchworth State Park, near Castile, N.Y.

Wednesday, 07 December 2011 09:44

PATH's 2012 capital budget: $351.5 million

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey on Wednesday unveiled a preliminary 2012 capital investment program totaling $3.659 billion—“enough to keep priority capital programs moving forward and to maintain facilities in a state of good repair.”

Thursday, 08 December 2011 05:58

Lawton named CEO of Ansaldo STS USA

Ansaldo STS said Wednesday that as part of its ongoing re-organization, it had named Thomas P. Lawton president and CEO of Ansaldo STS USA, succeeding Dr. Alan E. Calegari.

Thursday, 08 December 2011 06:03

Sao Paulo gets first Bombardier rehabbed EMU

Bombardier Transportation said Thursday that the company, part of a consortium, has unveiled the first of 26 six-car modernized metro trains for Companhia Metropolitana do Metro de São Paulo (CMSP). The train is ready to commence service on Line 1 of the São Paulo metro network, with all necessary tests having been completed, Bombardier said.

Thursday, 08 December 2011 06:46

UP sets sesquicentennial merchandise for sale

Union Pacific said Wednesday it is offering commemorative Union Pacific Railroad 150th anniversary merchandise for sale, as UP kicks off its year-long sesquicentennial celebration.

Thursday, 08 December 2011 07:58

APTA hails 3Q ridership gains

U.S. public transportation trips increased 2.0% in the third quarter compared with the third quarter of 2010, the American Public Transportation Association said Thursday—an increase of 52 million transit trips. The gains occurred in all public transport modes, with light rail transit leading the way, up 5.8%.

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