Wednesday, September 16, 2009

TCS chosen to train North Star Commuter Rail

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Overland Park, Kan.-based Transportation Certification Services (TCS) said Wednesday it has been selected to train equipment operators for Minnesota’s North Star Commuter Rail service, set to commence November 16. TCS trained the first class of equipment operators earlier this year, and began training additional equipment operators in classes which started Monday.

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TCS and its subsidiary, Rail Temps Inc. (RTI), also based in Overland Park, have been providing training and staffing solutions to North American railroads and rail-related industries since 1991, a company spokesman says.

North Star service, Minnesota’s first new commuter rail service, will offer five inbound trips daily to Minneapolis from Big Lake, Elk River, Anoka, Coon Rapids, and Fridley, with five outbound trips in the evening hours. The service will connect to Minneapolis' Hiawatha Line light rail service.