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.
Worldwide rail infrastructure and maintenance firm Harsco Rail, a division of Harsco Corp., will move all its technology products and services under the Protran Technology brand, including Zeta Tech, the company announced on July 22, 2015.
Railroads that are revenue adequate and earn their cost of capital should not be punished by capping their shipping rates, which would discourage the substantial and mostly private investment in the nation’s critical rail transportation infrastructure, CSX Executive Vice President and CFO Fredrik Eliasson told the Surface Transportation Board at a July 22 hearing.
The Senate Finance Committee on July 21, 2015 met to debate S. 637, legislation put forward by Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to extend expiring tax credits, including the Section 45G Short Line Tax Rehabilitation railroad track maintenance credit. 45G has been publically endorsed by 38 Senators who have cosponsored S. 637, a bill by Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to extend the credit.
Testifying at a July 22, 2015 Surface Transportation Board hearing on railroad revenue adequacy, the Association of American Railroads, executives from its member railroads and economic experts urged federal regulators “to beware of upending numerous national economic goals” if they choose to pursue re-instituting revenue caps on freight rail companies.
AECOM has appointed Diana C. Mendes, AICP, as director of transit/rail, Design and Consulting Services, Americas.
The Federal Railroad Administration on July 22, 2015 sent a reminder to railroads transporting crude oil that the Emergency Order issued May 7, 2014 (Docket No. DOT-OST-2014-0067) requiring them to notify State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs) and Tribal Emergency Response Commissions (TERCs) of the expected movement of Bakken crude oil trains through individual states and tribal regions remains in effect and “will be made permanent,” as previously announced.
Canadian Pacific Railway on July 21, 2015 posted its highest-ever net income and lowest-ever operating ratio for a second quarter.
A revenue decline in all but one commodity group, including a precipitous drop in energy revenue, resulted in a difficult second-quarter 2105 for Kansas City Southern, the railroad reported on June 17, 2014.
Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) on July 11, 2015 opened a new dispatch center equipped with Wabtec Railway Electronics TDMS (Train Management Dispatching System) technology, which is being utilized to assist FEC train dispatchers in managing CTC (centralized traffic control) and TWC (track warrant control) across FEC’s 351-mile system.
Facing an approximate $56 million budget gap for its 2016 fiscal year, New Jersey Transit’s Board of Directors on July 15, 2105 adopted a FY2016 operating budget and capital program totaling $4.27 billion, and a fare and service plan that includes an average 9% fare increase.
Kansas City Southern has named Brian D. Hancock, a veteran supply chain executive with experience in home appliances, trucking, fast food and discount consumer products, as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.
With quarterly operating income of more than $1 billion, an operating ratio of 66.8%, and net earnings of $553 million, CSX posted record financial results for the second quarter of 2015.
Rocla Concrete Tie, Inc. (Rocla), a North American manufacturer of prestressed concrete railroad ties, has acquired KSA Limited Partnership (KSA), a joint venture of Pittsburgh-based Koppers Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koppers Holdings Inc., and Dallas-based Lehigh Hanson, Inc.
Parsons Brinckerhoff has named Nancy Lyon-Stadler a senior principal engineer in the company’s Cleveland office, as part of PB’s transit and rail technical excellence center.
Miner Enterprises has promoted 24-year Engineering Department employee Andrew Kries to Director of Engineering. He replaces Bob Pokorski, who is taking on a new position at Trinity Rail.
Handheld personal computing devices are improving how the rail industry manages critical assets.
The following are comments by Michael R. Weinman, Managing Director, PTSI Transportation, in response to the “reasoned and considered thoughts” expressed by Dr. Francis P. Mulvey in the Guest Blog published by Railway Age on June 30, 2015, “We must do something transformational about Amtrak.” Dr. Mulvey’s original words appear in italics.—William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age
With the launch of Union Pearson Express (UPE) connecting Lester B. Pearson International Airport to Toronto Union Station on June 6, the Cummins QSK19-R becomes the first railcar diesel engine produced in North America certified to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Tier 4 Final emissions regulations.
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has awarded Duos Technologies Inc. (Duostech), a supplier of intelligent analytical security technology, a follow-up research grant to complete the next phase of a railcar undercarriage screening system.
Salt Lake City’s TRAX LRT has generated 1,300 new jobs that have spurred an estimated $225 million in value to the local economy, according to a study conducted by the Economic Development Research Group, a Boston-based research company LRV supplier Siemens retained to assess the system’s economic impact.