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.
The Pacific Northwest Association of Rail Shippers fall meeting in Eugene, Ore. was instructive, to say the least. I thought the session theme—“What do you want your railroad to look like in five years?”—was particularly fitting, given the slow volume improvement from the 2006-7 peaks and the better operating metrics over the same time.
Wall Street analyst William Greene of Morgan Stanley Research
North America is telling investors in the rail sector that Canadian Pacific Railway, under the direction of newly appointed chief executive E. Hunter Harrison, “could be the most compelling railroad investment opportunity for the next three years.”
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded an on-call contract to Parsons Brinckerhoff (a Balfour Beatty company) for construction services in support of the agency’s efforts to implement accelerated rail services along the higher-speed rail (HrSR) corridor between Chicago and Pontiac/Detroit.
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey reported July 31 that ExpressRail, its rail system serving New York and New Jersey marine terminals, reported a record 10% increase in cargo transported during the first half of 2012.
Operation Lifesaver has taken note that deaths and injuries from crossing crashes and pedestrian-train incidents rose in the first four months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
The Wall Street Journal has named Union Pacific Chief Financial Officer Rob Knight to its “Best CFOs of 2012 List.” Knight, CFO since 2004, is the only transportation sector CFO to make the list.
CAF Power & Automation “offers a full range of services worldwide, with particularly strong market presence in India, China, the U.S., Brazil, Poland, and Asia-Pacific,” the company said in announcing the merger. “The major lines of work and products are traction invertors; energy storage systems; control, supervision, and recording systems; passenger information systems; multimedia platforms; communications systems; definition and development of embedded systems; and industrial electronic control systems.
New York Air Brake has appointed Michael J. Hawthorne as president, effective July 1, 2012, upon the retirement of J. Paul Morgan.
Norfolk Southern and New York Air Brake have taken LEADER® from concept to test to proven technology.
In 1912, Elwyn E. Seelye founded a structural engineering firm in New York City bearing his name. Elwyn E. Seelye & Co. would eventually evolve into a multi-disciplinary practice, and be acquired by STV, Inc. in 1972, a holding company created by architectural/engineering firm Sanders & Thomas and equipment manufacturer Voss Engineering. STV would acquire other companies, such as international engineering firm Lyon Associates, expanding geographically. Today, STV is a full-service engineering and architectural firm providing an array of services for transportation, infrastructure, building and energy projects.
Some of today’s landmark structures in the U.S. are among STV’s projects: Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall, in Washington, D.C. (1920s); the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. (1940s); NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (1960s) at Kennedy Space Center; the Enrico Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (1970s) in Batavia, Ill.; The Center for Disease Control’s Viral Rickettsial Diseases Laboratory (1980s) in Atlanta, Ga.; and the rehabilitation of historic Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan (1990s).
STV continues to work on important assignments throughout the country and in Canada: the Port Authority of NY & NJ PATH Transportation Hub; the Long Island Rail Road East Side Access project; and One World Trade Center, as the program manager and owner’s representative, all in New York City. Additional projects include: a new light rail transit project in Ottawa, Canada; Yadkin River bridge crossing in North Carolina; a new Brigade and Battalion Headquarters at Fort Stewart in Georgia; and an expansion of the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women, among many others.
“Elwyn Seelye’s enduring vision for excellence and innovation continues to inspire us,” said Dominick M. Servedio, P.E., STV executive chairman. “We have diversified into new practices, embraced going green, and utilized the latest technology to help us to grow in new directions while staying true to the vision of our founders.”
“STV's century of success is built upon the foundation of our core values,” noted Milo Riverso, Ph.D., P.E., STV CEO and president. “From our earliest days, we were driven to provide our clients with quality service and to serve as leaders in our industry and communities. This is an exciting time for STV, as we look forward toward our next 100 years.”
Since its founding, STV “has developed and expanded its vision of delivering quality service to its clients.” The firm said it “consistently ranks among the top engineering and architectural firms in the country. In 2011, the firm was ranked no. 32 in Engineering News-Record’s list of the top 500 Design Firms. Architectural Record ranked the firm 27th among its Top 150 Architectural Firms list. STV is a 100% employee-owned firm. For more information, go to www.stvinc.com. STV is on Twitter @STVgroup.
New Jersey Transit’s newest locomotive made its first revenue service run May 30. The ALP-45DP (dual-power), described by NJT as a “hybrid” locomotive in that it operates under AC-catenary electric or diesel-electric power, is the first of its type in North America.
Race report courtesy of Furniture Row Racing: Regan Smith was one of the early victims of an engine failure in the Sunday, May 6 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Not soon after the 43-car field took the green flag to start the Aaron’s 499, Smith saw his day come to an end when smoke started to spew out of his no. 78 Furniture Row Racing/Farm American Chevrolet on Lap 15 of 188.
Economic Planning Associates has released its first-quarter 2012 report on the freight car market, and while there has been a decline in carbuilder backlogs, EPA has not measurably changed its forecast since its last report. EPA noted that “the railroads will continue to support demand for railcars.”
Florida East Coast Railway, L.L.C. received the 2011 American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association President’s Award for its outstanding safety record. The President’s Award, first presented in 2006, is awarded to the ASLRRA-member railroad with the lowest injury frequency rate in its category. FEC posted the best safety rate in the more than 500,000 man-hours category. FEC achieved an 0.56 frequency rate, which was below the industry average.
“Safety is a top priority for FEC, and this award shows the commitment and dedication of everyone at FEC to maintaining a safe working environment for our employees,” said FEC President and CEO James R. Hertwig.
Union Pacific General Director Car and Locomotive Engineering Michael Iden, Chicago, Ill., has been awarded the 2012 John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence Award by the Association of American Railroads.
BNSF Railway has honored the accomplishments of its 2011 Safety Employees of the Year, Achievement Award winners, and “Best of the Best” safety team leaders.
The Surface Transportation Board has ordered BNSF and Union Pacific to pay reparations totaling $9,244,144 to Arizona Electric Power Cooperative for rate overcharges for the movement of utility coal.
Stephen J. Morello, who has served for the past year as deputy director of communications in the office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, is joining the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as director of communications, government relations, and community affairs divisions of the MTA and its agencies. His formal title is counselor to MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph J. Lhota.
“Steve Morello will be an invaluable asset to the MTA,” Lhota said. “He has served three governors and one mayor, and I look forward to gaining his insights and guidance as we work to make the MTA more transparent and improve our image in the eyes of all our customers and elected officials.”
Forty-five Norfolk Southern chemical customers have earned the railroad’s Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award for their safe handling of chemical products in 2011.