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Norfolk Southern announced today that it has received an “unfavorable ruling” from an arbitration panel regarding an insurance claim arising out of the Jan. 6, 2005, derailment in Graniteville, S.C. “As a result, during the first quarter of 2011, Norfolk Southern will ...
21 March 2011

Cameron Beach, 62

A semi-retired transportation consultant, Beach was instrumental in attaining credibility for the Sacramento Regional Transit District as it established light rail transit for California’s capital city in 1987; Beach rose to chief operating officer for RTD. He was a visible presence in June 2008 when the American Public Transportation Association held its annual Rail Conference in San Francisco, co-hosting tours of San Francisco’s light rail and streetcar operations, including the city’s heritage equipment. 

A San Francisco native, Beach was a respected transportation professional. "Director Beach has been a pillar of transit expertise and insight on our board, and it has been a privilege to know and work with him over these years," said Tom Nolan, chairman of the SFMTA board.

Nathaniel Ford, SFMTA executive director and CEO, said Mr. Beach helped spur “significant improvements to the industry. His transit expertise will not only be missed here in San Francisco, but across this nation.”

Rick Laubscher, a close friend and the head of the Market Street Railway, a non-profit preservation group, said, “Cam Beach's loss to this city is hard to overestimate. He loved Muni more than anyone I ever knew—not for what it was, because he knew its shortcomings all too well—but for what it could be, in terms of serving riders properly and empowering mobility in his native city.” --> San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority Board Director Cameron Beach died Friday night, after apparently suffering a heart attack. Beach was 62. He had served for more than four years on the SFMTA Board. A semi-retired transportation cons ...
The second phase of Los Angeles’ Expo light rail transit line Friday moved ahead as the Expo Construction Authority awarded a $541 million contract to Skanska/Rados. The authority also voted to approve a bridge over Sepulveda Boulevard, in order to placate homeowners fearing gridlock caused by ...
J. B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. announced Monday that its year-to-date Intermodal segment (JBI) volume exceeded one million loads for the first time since it entered into a historic agreement with the Santa Fe Railway, now part of BNSF, 21 years ago. The company calls that agreement a “mil ...
21 March 2011

Herzog, NCDOT

North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti recently recognized Herzog Transit Systems, which has contracted with NCDOT’s Rail Division since 2002 to maintain state-owned locomotives, railcars, and other heavy equipment, for its on-the-job safety record. Herzog has exc ...
CN late Friday issued a statement expressing “serious concerns” about the final report of the Rail Freight Service Review (RFSR) panel released earlier in the day. Claude Mongeau, president and chief executive officer, said: “We are concerned that the panel’s rec ...
Train crew employment (transportation-train and engine) on Class I U.S.railroads reached 62,142 in mid-February, up 9.34% from February 2010 and1.4% higher than in January 2011, according to the Surface Transportation Board. ...
The Greenbrier Cos. has received new orders for 4,200 railcars and intermodal platforms valued at $325 million. Most are for doublestack platforms; the remainder are boxcars, covered hopper cars of various types, and various car types for the European market. Delivery is expected to occur mostly in ...
New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority Friday dedicated and formally launched two tunnel boring machines in Sunnyside, Queens, to tunnel underneath Sunnyside Yards to connect the Long Island Rail Road main line with new tunnels leading to Grand Central Terminal, known as East Side A ...
17 March 2011

PTC mandate

Railroads presented compelling arguments to Congress Thursday warning the effect that a federal safety mandate costing $13.2 billion, with a 20-to-one cost benefit ratio, could be counter-productive. At a House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee hearing on the status of the ...
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