Class I railroad employment reached 154,094 in
mid-September, up3.12% from September 2009 and 0.91% from August 2010. Train crew employment (transportation,
train and engine) continued to set the pace, rising to 61,444, an increase of 8.57% from last year and
1.79% from the prior month.
MTA Long Island Rail Road
will cut over to a new centralized signal and switching control system at
Jamaica, N.Y., during the October
23-24 and November 6-7 weekends in the final, $56-million stage of a
modernization project. The switchover brings a new meaning to the familiar cry,
"Change at Jamaica," a station that is the hub of all operations
on North America's longest (700
miles) and busiest (300,000 weekday rides) commuter railroad.
Electro-Motive Diesel,Inc., announced Oct. 20 that it has has signed a contract to supply six SD70ACSheavy-haul AC diesel-electric locomotives to a mining railway in Mauritania,Societe Nationale Industrielle et Miniere. (SNIM). This will bring the number of EMD locomotives operating inMauritania to 44.
In the latest of a series
of supply-chain initiatives, Canadian National has signed a memorandum of
understanding with Western Stevedoring Company Ltd. and several forest-products
companies a for seven-day-a-week unloading services at Western Stevedoring's
Lynnterm Terminal at Port Metro Vancouver (PMV).
On the 100th anniversary of
the opening of New York City's Penn Station, New York City's Penn Station,
city, state, and federal officials gathered Oct. 18 for the groundbreaking for
Phase I of the new Moynihan Station, which Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)
said "is poised to be one of the greatest transportation and
infrastructure legacies of our generation."
Southern announced Oct. 19 that is launching a "One Line, Infinite Possibilities" advertising
campaign that it says builds on its "Thoroughbred of Transportation"
communications program, now in its 28th year.
When Amtrak partnered
with IMAGES USA to create a television commercial targeting the Hispanic
community, the strategy was clear—produce a culturally relevant,
Spanish-language commercial showcasing the unique on-board benefits of train
travel in order to increase brand awareness among Hispanic consumers.