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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Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has named Maureen McCole as Vice President, Commuter Rail/Railroad Management; Garrome “Jerry” Franklin as Vice President and Chief Safety Officer; and David Schulze as Vice President, Policy and Strategy.

North American rail volume on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads for the first 24 weeks of 2015 was 16,950,429 carloads and intermodal units, flat compared with the same period in 2014, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported on June 25, 2015 in its weekly freight traffic summary.

Saturday, 20 June 2015 06:44

Senate passes S.808

The U.S. Senate on June 19, 2015 passed S.808, the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015, which would authorize appropriations for STB programs, establish the STB as a government agency independent of the Department of Transportation, and authorize other key changes in the agency’s operations.

U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced the “Railroad Reform, Enhancement, and Efficiency Act” on June 19, 2015. The senators say the bill is written to “improve passenger rail safety, reauthorize Amtrak services and improve existing rail infrastructure.”

High school graduation. Time for friends, family, celebration, and taking senior photos and videos. Lots of young people seek the perfect artistic backdrop: a “vanishing vista.” What better, more artistic vanishing vista is there than railroad tracks diminishing into the distance, right?

The Association of American Railroads has recognized CSX and its wholly owned subsidiary Total Service Distribution, Inc. (TDSI) with an industry award for the highest-quality automotive ramp service performance in the U.S.

Friday, 19 June 2015 09:20

Allen Wright, 1939-2015

Allen Wright, 76, a well-known and highly respected figure in the rail transit industry for more than 60 years, died at his home in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

Thursday, 18 June 2015 17:27

PTC for the masses

A large percentage of the general public, specifically, the passenger-train-riding public, does not understand Positive Train Control—if they’ve even heard of it. For that matter, neither do many of the legislators that imposed the year-end PTC implementation deadline, but that’s another story. And neither do most of the reporters that attempt to cover rail transportation, but that’s yet another story.

Thursday, 18 June 2015 07:59

AAR: Intermodal sets weekly record

The current trend in 2015 U.S. rail freight traffic—intermodal registering gains over prior-year numbers, carload traffic falling—continued for the week ending June 13, 2015, the Association of American Railroads reported. This week was highest on record for intermodal units.

Immediately following the signing of a similar agreement with the Alabama State Port Authority, CN on June 17, 2015 signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Port of New Orleans “that will see the parties develop greater supply chain efficiencies aimed at drawing more container traffic over the port to North American markets.”

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 16:35

Wabtec acquires Metalocaucho

Wabtec Corp. has acquired Metalocaucho, a European-based manufacturer of transit products, primarily rubber components for passenger car suspension and vibration control systems.

The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program has released the final two installments in its Metro Freight Series, a collection of new research examining the volume of goods flowing through U.S. ports and across the nation by truck, rail, water, air and pipeline.

Siemens on June 16, 2015 publicly unveiled a full-scale mockup of its new S200 SF light rail vehicle for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). The agency exercised an option for 40 additional LRVs under its original 175-vehicle contract, signed in September 2014 and now the largest Siemens order ever for LRVs placed in the U.S.

Georgetown Rail Equipment Company (GREX) has acquired SENSR Monitoring Technologies from Reference LLC of Elkader, Iowa, and established a new wholly owned subsidiary, SENSR Monitoring Technologies, LLC (SMT). SENSR develops and sells monitoring equipment to various industries throughout North America and internationally, and has created an internet-based structural health monitoring system for measuring and managing remote structures.

CN, the Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) and APM Terminals Mobile, LLC on June 15, 2015 signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the Port of Mobile intermodal gateway project, which is “intended to drive increased supply chain efficiency and a greater share of transportation markets in North America.”

Saturday, 13 June 2015 15:42

BART 2016 budget: $1.57 billion

The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) board of directors on June 13, 2015 approved a Fiscal Year 2016 $1.57 billion combined operating and capital budget “designed to increase passenger capacity and improve on-time performance.”

Friday, 12 June 2015 09:17

Amtrak’s AEM7 now a museum piece

The newest addition to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s extensive collection of historic U.S. locomotives and railcars is recently retired Amtrak AEM7 electric locomotive No. 915, which logged nearly 35 years of service on the Northeast Corridor.

Thursday, 11 June 2015 14:33

Szabo takes the throttle at CMAP

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) has appointed former Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo as its next executive director, effective June 15, 2015.

Thursday, 11 June 2015 14:06

AAR reiterates push toward PTC

As the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee held the latest in a growing collection of hearings on Positive Train Control, the Association of American Railroads reiterated its oft-repeated message that the industry is fully committed to PTC, despite facing a year-end deadline that many—including some key members of Congress—agree cannot be met.

In 2014, BNSF Railway customers, working with the railroad and state and local economic development organizations, invested close to $1.5 billion in 138 new or expanded rail facilities. This marks the fourth consecutive year they invested more than $1 billion in rail projects to support business growth. These investments are expected to generate more than 1,200 new jobs.

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