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BNSF Chairman and CEO Matt Rose Tuesday said Carl Ice has been promoted to the newly created position of President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing operations, marketing, and technology services.

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Ice has served as BNSF executive vice president and chief operations officer since December 2000. Prior to this position, he served as senior vice president, operations, for The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company beginning in June 1999.

Said Rose, “I want to personally congratulate Carl on his well-earned promotion and recognize his many accomplishments and contributions to BNSF and the rail industry. Our alignment and teamwork have been a hallmark of BNSF’s success. This change marks the next step in our evolution and will put BNSF in a position to lead the rail industry through the next decade.”

Ice began his career in the railroad industry with Santa FeRailway in the industrial engineering department in 1979. He later held positions in operations, finance, and information systems. In 1992, Ice was named vice president, administration. He became vice president, carload business unit, in January 1994 and was named vice president, executive, in July of the same year. In January 1996, he was appointed vice president and chief mechanical officer. Ice became vice president, operations North, in January 1999 and was promoted to senior vice president, operations, in June 1999.

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Genesee & Wyoming earned net income of $24.8 million in third-quarter 2010, up from $21.7 million in the third quarter of 2009. GWI’s per-share earnings in this year's third quarter increased to 59 cents from 53 cents in the third quarter of 2009. Income from continuing op ...
The Federal Railroad Administration's Office of Safety Analysis released preliminary figures Oct. 30 showing 517 fatalities in the first eight months of 2010 compared with 461 in the same period last year, nearly all of them due to grade crossing and trespassing accidents/incidents. ...

A $20 million federal grant to Delaware is being touted by state officials as a stepping stone toward improved commuter rail service, particularly in Newark, Del. But the funding could also alleviate a key pinch point on the Northeast Corridor (NEC), benefitting not just commuter rail but also Amtrak intercity service.

About $13.3 million of the grant will go toward a $45 million project that will add a continuous third track between Newark, Del., and Wilmington. The addition would offer added capacity for additional trains now provided by the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).

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But it would also address Amtrak capacity issues on the NEC. In its Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Master Plan released last May, Amtrak noted, “Capacity is constrained around the two-and three-track bottlenecks in Philadelphia and Wilmington,” with such constraints being “particularly evident” in northern Delaware.

Amtrak’s report notes SEPTA service linking Philadelphia and Wilmington/Newark “is planned to increase from 18 trains (nine round trips) to 26 trains (13 round trips)” in the future. “Installation of a third track between Yard and Ragan intelockings and a new Orange Street Bridge will provide some relief south of Wilmington Station.”

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Delaware Transit Corp. Administrator Stephen B.Kingsberry said construction is expected to start early next year and will employ about 115 people, with eventual long-term employment of about 15.

Delaware also will share in a $10 million multistate grant from the Department of Transportation for environmental studies and other planning needed to increase train speeds along the NEC.

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American Railcar Industries, Inc. says its Bude, Miss., repair facility has reached a significant safety milestone: 2 million consecutive man-hours worked without a lost time injury. This surpasses the previous record of 1,984,746 man-hours established in December 1999. ...
Economic Planning Associates has upped its freight car production estimate for 2011 from 19,800 units to 22,500 units, with more-substantial growth beginning in 2012, according to its just-released analysis. “After three dismal years, we look for railcar deliveries to advance moderately to 32, ...
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board Thursday approved plans to place the proposed Regional Connector in downtown Los Angeles fully underground. The vote authorizes a final phase of study before engineering and construction can begin. ...
Amtrak has awarded a six-year, $466 million contract to Siemens Mobility (a division of Siemens Industry, Inc.) for 70 “Cities Sprinter” ACS-64 electric locomotives for Northeast Corridor service. Designed to operate at speeds up to 125 mph between Boston and Washington D.C. and 110 mph ...

Amtrak Sept. 28 unveiled an ambitious vision for “Next-Generation High-Speed Rail service” in the Northeast, superseding and complementing its existing Northeast Corridor, and designed to dramatically reduce travel times between Boston and Washington, D.C. upon full buildout in 2040.

Bigger is indeed better for this transcontinental carrier, which is operating some of the longest freight trains in North America.

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