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SFRTA names new executive director
Jack Stephens has been named executive director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA), succeeding Joseph Giulietti. SFRTA's governing board awarded Stephens a one-year contract.
Thank you, Ross Capon
My first encounter with Ross Capon was some 40-plus years ago when he was Special Assistant for Railroad Operations to Massachusetts Governor Francis (Frank) Sargent’s administration. I was a member…
Caltrain electrification plan advances
Caltrain has released its draft environmental impact report for its planned electrification of right-of-way between San Francisco and San Jose, a distance of roughly 51 miles.
CN completes Deux-Montagnes line sale
CN on Feb. 28, 2014 closed the sale of its right-of-way principally used by Agence Métropolitaine de Transports (AMT) commuter trains between Deux-Montagnes and Montreal’s Central Station to AMT for…
NARP President Capon steps down
Ross Capon, the face of the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) for 39 years on Capitol Hill, is stepping down from his role as president, and apparently will retire…
UP, Missouri county reach MOU on R-O-W
Jackson County, Mo., and Union Pacific have signed a Memorandum Of Understanding to transfer ownership of 19 miles of UP right-of-way to the county for future passenger rail use.
MTA sets Safety Committee, Chief Safety Officer
New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 it is creating the position of Chief Safety Officer, a new senior management post reporting directly to Chairman and…
Midwest freight woes spread to Northstar rail
Minnesota's Metro Transit on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 urged riders of Northstar Line commuter service not to board their trains to head for the Twin Cities, citing delays caused by…
Patrick Watz joins HNTB
Patrick Watz, PE, has joined HNTB Corp. as rail transit practice leader and vice president. Watz has more than 21 years of transportation industry experience, including planning, program management, design,…
ISR names Orellana Director, Communications and Wireless/Radio Frequency Technologies
Integrated Strategic Resources (ISR), a woman-owned business providing professional services specializing in systems integration management, communications networks, and applications and electronic security, has appointed Eduardo Orellana as Director, Communications and…
NJT Executive Director Weinstein resigns
James Weinstein, executive director of New Jersey Transit, the nation’s third-largest public transportation agency, announced Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, that he has resigned effective March 2. New Jersey Governor Chris…
Florida funds to aid FEC airport access
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 a financial package of up to $215 million to assist construction of a rail station at Orlando International Airport.
Love on the train ain’t no surprise
Save me a seat, and I’ll look into your eyes . . . . My apologies to Neil Diamond.
Nashville’s Ballard headed to Dallas/Fort Worth
Paul J. Ballard, chief executive officer of the Nashville MTA and Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee, is leaving the MTA to become president and CEO of the Fort Worth…
Fly/drive focus aids U.S. weather wimpdom
The winds at my back from the north actually aided my trip to work this snowy Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, also allowing me great visibility since the snow also attacked…
Wabtec to acquire Fandstan Electric
In a cash deal worth approximately $215 million, Wabtec Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire London, England-based Fandstan Electric Group Ltd.
CN, AMT sign Deux-Montagnes Line deal
Montreal's Agence Metropolitaine de Transport (AMT, or Metropolitan Transportation Agency) has signed an agreement to buy the Deux-Montagnes line from CN for an undisclosed price. The purchase is subject to…
PBS documentary traces Penn Station's rise, fall
The PBS series AMERICAN EXPERIENCE will premiere “The Rise and Fall of Penn Station,” produced by Randall MacLowry, on Feb. 18, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Amtrak adds WiFI to Chicago hub services
AmtrakConnect, the national passenger railroad's WiFI service, now is available to customers traveling on seven routes linked to Amtrak's Chicago hub.
At high or low speed, a safety need
As the U.S. bolsters its passenger rail options, from high speed rail startups to streetcar revivals, those designing the safest land transport mode seek to make it safer still.
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