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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Cowen and Company’s 8th Annual Global Transportation Conference featured presentations by publicly traded U.S. railroads as well as a panel discussion on the railcar industry. In general, traffic levels appear to be recovering in several sectors, with modest growth expected in 2015’s second half and into 2016.

Thursday, 10 September 2015 11:31

New Strato knuckle meets AAR M-216 specs

The Association of American Railroads Coupling System and Truck Casting Committee has approved the new Strato Inc. E50BE Knuckle as meeting the AAR M-216 Knuckle Fatigue Test specification, which requires an average fatigue life of at least 600,000 cycles.

Metrolinx, the government agency that oversees public transportation in Canada’s Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area in Ontario Province, on Sept. 10, 2015 awarded Alstom Transport a contract worth $127 million (C$168.5 million) million for a new computer-based integrated traffic control system for the GO Transit regional/commuter rail network.

Wednesday, 09 September 2015 13:25

Schnabel railcar for hire

Transportation Technology Services (TTS), recently acquired by BNSF Logistics, LLC, and Siemens Energy, Inc., have entered into a joint venture to market and operate the KWUX 101, a 20-axle super-heavy-duty Schnabel railcar.

Transportation officials in El Paso, Tex., are finalizing agreements with two firms to build a $97 million, 4.8-mile streetcar line approved by City Council in 2014. The state-funded project involves refurbishing and placing back into service historic El Paso City Lines PCC cars that operated until the 1970s.

Wednesday, 09 September 2015 11:58

The locomotive landscape

2015 is adding up to be a year of innovation, and a few surprises, in the North American locomotive market.

CSX Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Fredrik Eliasson, formerly the company’s CFO, on Sept. 9, 2015 reviewed performance to date and updated investors on the company’s third-quarter and full-year expectations at the Cowen and Company 8th Annual Global Transportation Conference in Boston, Mass.

The Sacramento Regional Transit District (RTD) on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 will begin operating the first set of light rail vehicles newly refurbished by Siemens on the recently opened Blue Line light rail extension to Cosumnes River College.

CSX President and Chief Operating Officer Oscar Munoz has left the railroad, effective immediately, to become President and Chief Executive Officer of United Continental Holdings, Inc., parent company of United Airlines, following the scandal-laced resignation of United head Jeff Smisek and two of his lieutenants. Munoz has served on the board for United Continental since 2010 and previously was a Continental director.

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 11:39

M&E pulling out of Maine

The Morristown & Erie Railway has announced that 2015 will be the final year for its Maine Eastern Railroad subsidiary’s freight and passenger excursion operations.

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