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.
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 “Hold That Pose” 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.
Continuing a tradition of smooth leadership transitions, Norfolk Southern Executive Chairman Charles W. “Wick” Moorman will be stepping down effective Oct. 1, 2015. President and CEO James A. Squires will become Chairman.
Delano Hamm has been named a supervising technical specialist in the New York City office of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, with responsibility for overseeing and expediting changes to construction contracts on the Second Avenue Subway project on behalf of MTA Capital Construction.
Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. has completed the sale of a 282-mile segment of its Delaware & Hudson subsidiary to Norfolk Southern Corp.—the D&H South line, which connects Schenectady, N.Y., with Sunbury, Pa.
Norfolk Southern Corp. announced on Sept. 18, 2015 that it is restructuring its Triple Crown Services (TCS) subsidiary to focus on the transportation of automobile parts. The railroad said will work with shippers and logistics partners to convert other business TCS handles into NS’s current intermodal network.
HNTB Corp. has named Laura Mohr as a Vice President and Rail and Transit Group Director with responsibility for Southern California projects. She is based in Los Angeles.