In the Association of American Railroads weekly traffic report, Senior Vice President of Policy and Economics John T. Gray noted that railroads “continue to face a difficult macroeconomic environment that’s negatively impacting their traffic volume.”
Long-time transportation system safety engineer Louis J. Brown has been named a senior engineering manager in the Washington, D.C. office of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, serving as a principal safety consultant supporting the firm’s transit and rail practice.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has embarked on a three-month pilot program with technology provider TransLoc to integrate the state’s Amtrak train stations with public transit and Uber through TransLoc’s Rider app.
RailComm’s new, patented iTrack Intelligent Yard Inventory system has been successfully deployed at Terminal Railway Alabama State Docks (TASD).
The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has awarded Siemens a contract for 45 new S70 light rail vehicles, bringing the total number of Siemens LRVs supplied to MTS since 1981 to 244. MTS is Siemens’ largest U.S. LRV customer.
Kansas City Southern Railway is investing approximately $14.3 million this year on construction and improvement projects on its New Orleans Subdivision between Port Allen and Simmesport, La., and also at Norco, La., near New Orleans.
The most recent freight car forecast from Economic Planning Associates calls for deliveries of just under 62,000 units in 2016, as carbuilders work off significant backlogs, followed by a 21,000-car plummet in 2017, a slightly worse 2018, and the beginnings of a small rebound in 2019.
The U.S. Surface Transportation Board would be doing itself a favor if chooses not to mess with UPS and heed the gargantuan railroad customer’s call to deep-six forced access, otherwise known as “reciprocal switching.”