William Vantuono

William Vantuono

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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Canadian National customers continue to reap benefits from the railroad's system-wide productivity push. Scheduled potash rains provide the latest evidence.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) have introduced House and Senate versions of the Safe Highways and Infrastructure Preservation Act, which would freeze national truck size and weight limits on the interstate highway system. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-V.A.) is the lead co-sponsor of H.R. 1574.

Wednesday, 04 May 2011 08:37

High-riding CSX rewards its shareholders

CSX Corp., a Wall Street favorite because of its high earnings and low operating ratio, announced moves today that are likely to strengthen its appeal to investors. CSX announced that its directors have approved a 3-for-1 stock split, a 38% increase in the quarterly dividend on its common stock, and a $2 billion share buyback program. 

 

Following L.B. Foster’s acquisition of Portec Rail Products, Inc. in mid-December, 2010, the company has formed “a new business team focused on enhancing its global leadership position in wheel/rail interface solutions,” L.B. Foster said today. The new organization is named L.B. Foster Friction Management.

Thursday, 16 June 2011 06:45

U.S. freight carload traffic edges up

U.S. freight carload traffic moved up 0.3% during the week ending June 11, measured against the comparable week one year ago, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday. U.S. intermodal volume for the week advanced 6.4% from the same week in 2010.

Thursday, 16 June 2011 06:56

Alstom Board OKs major reorganization

Alstom said Wednesday its Board of Directors has approved “a major reorganization of the company” proposed by Chairman and CEO Patrick Kron (pictured below), to take effect July 4, 2011.

Friday, 10 June 2011 06:39

HNTB adds rail personnel for Northeast

Calculating the potential business generated by recent federal high speed rail dollars apportioned to Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor and other Northeast rail locations, HNTB Friday announced it has added four rail experts to its Northeast Division.

Thursday, 16 June 2011 07:16

Toronto suburbs pass LRT/BRT plan

By a 9-2 vote, the Waterloo Regional Council Wednesday approved a C$818 million rail plan to serve a large swath of Toronto’s western suburbs.

Thursday, 09 February 2012 15:19

Hotstart APUs selected for two projects

Montana Rail Link (MRL) and the Northeast States for Coordinate Air Use Management (NESCAUM) have contracted with international engine heating technology company Hotstart to provide APUs (Auxiliary Power Units) on 61 diesel-electric locomotives.

Wednesday, 01 February 2012 15:20

Freight car market continues upward climb

Freight car builders and component suppliers have good reason to look at 2012 and beyond with renewed optimism and real confidence. That’s because, according to the most recent figures released by Economic Planning Associates, carbuilders received orders for no fewer than 89,073 cars and intermodal platforms, the highest annual level since EPA began tracking the market in 1980.

Sunday, 28 February 2010 01:42

Norfolk Southern investing in growth

Doublestack clearance projects are central to the Heartland Corridor and Crescent Corridor projects. Domestic intermodal, says Wick Moorman, “is going to be a driver of the industry's growth.”

Sunday, 28 February 2010 01:37

Metra, maturing, maps its mission

As job locations and residential housing patterns shift throughout Chicagoland, Metra continues to thrive, and continues preparing to expand, setting an example other regional railroads might envy.

Saturday, 28 January 2012 01:14

CSX, NASCAR’s Regan Smith “Play it Safe”

CSX Transportation has partnered with Furniture Row Racing and the No. 78 Chevrolet Impala driven by Regan Smith in NASCAR’s top-tier Sprint Cup Series as an associate sponsor for the 2012 season. The sponsorship program is built around CSX’s “Play it Safe” highway/railroad grade crossing and pedestrian safety campaign to urge pedestrians and motorists to exercise caution around railroad tracks.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 19:49

Video Interview: 2012 Railroader of the Year

Amsted presented_by Kansas City Southern President and Chief Executive Officer David L. Starling, Railway Age's 2012 Railroader of the Year, talks about his career path, his international experience, and KCS's recent achievements and growth projections in this video interview with Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono.

The Union Switch & Signal Company, known today as Ansaldo STS USA, and Railway Age have been partners since our company was founded by George Westinghouse in 1881. In 2011, we marked 130 years of continuous business activities, much like the magazine marks 155 years of continuous publication.

Let me make one thing perfectly clear: I have never fueled a locomotive in my life, much less in a suit and tie. But in the photo above, taken at Railway Interchange 2011, I couldn’t resist a hands-on experience with a new piece of technology—in this case, the MPL Technologies SpillX system.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012 03:51

Railroading in a post-9/11 world

The recent 10th anniversary of 9/11 gave us all pause to think about those tragic events and reflect on whether life is different today because of them. On Sept. 12, 2001, national security and protecting America became the new priority for our society. Across all spectrums people got on with the task of addressing homeland security.

Monday, 16 January 2012 06:53

At Norfolk, NS breaks coal transload mark

Norfolk Southern has loaded the largest volume cargo in the history of its Pier 6 coal transloading facility at Lamberts Point in Norfolk, Va. Early on Jan. 12, NS finished loading 159,941.45 net tons (145,097.93 metric tons) of metallurgical coal into the M/V Cape Dover, destined for China. That quantity can be used to make about 207,000 tons of steel, or enough to build 230,000 automobiles.

Sunday, 15 January 2012 07:42

Will Hunter Harrison reemerge—at CP?

Hunter Harrison, CN’s iconic former chief executive and a Railway AgeRailroader of the Year recipient who is now retired in Florida raising show horses, has been approached to run Canadian Pacific Railway.

Wednesday, 02 March 2011 09:20

SKF gets GE’s top supplier award

GE Transportation has awarded SKF Railway Business Unit North America its “2010 Supplier of the Year” Award. SKF was selected from a field of more than 1,000 suppliers following a rigorous internal evaluation process at GE Transportation.

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