Thursday, February 21, 2013

NOPB Railroad taps GE Transportation

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Erie, Pa.-based GE Transportation said Thursday New Orleans Public Belt Railroad has signed an agreement to use GE's software applications for railroad transportation management and railcar repair and maintenance.

"Migration to GE's system represents a move to the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and integrated rail yard and railcar repair shop management system available," said NOPB Interim General Manager John Morrow. "GE's solution is used by over 400 short line railroads across the United States, and the NOPB Railroad is pleased to be able to offer its capabilities to its customers."

GE Transportation's Optimization Solutions General Manager Peter Thomas, said, "We are extremely pleased to have New Orleans Public Belt Railroad as a customer. Our products deliver a comprehensive suite of rail transportation solutions to meet NOPB's unique and complex operating needs."

Under the agreement, Optimization Solutions will provide RailConnect® Transportation Management System (TMS) to support NOPB's daily rail operations, increase automation, and drive productivity. In addition, the RailConnect Car Hire will manage accounting payables to automate car hire processing which provides prompt and accurate reclaims and transfers. The Car Hire Accounting System complies with AAR requirements and state tax regulations, GE Transportation said.

NOPB will also adopt Optimization Solution's ExpressYard® software to manage railcar repair and maintenance. ExpressYard will allow NOPB personnel to capture freight car inspection information when and where the work occurs, enabling railcar repair data to be processed more efficiently. As well, NOPB will use Business Intelligence (BI) to improve operating decisions that optimize business outcomes. BI will help NOPB analyze and report operating metrics that enable better service and support to customers.

NOPB is a terminal switching railroad, owned by the City of New Orleans. It operates over 123 miles of track, including 37.5 miles of main line track, with 11 locomotives, connects with six Class I railroads, and provides switching and haulage service. The railroad is managed by the Public Belt Railroad Commission, which also owns and maintains the Huey P. Long Bridge.