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Steve Crise photo © Steve Crise 2022 Date: August 12, 2022 Location: BNSF Alliance Yard Ft. Worth, Texas GPS: Railroad: BNSF Locomotive#: None Subject: Photo shoot for John Cech Railway Track & Structures photo shoot. Image notes: © Steve Crise 2022 310 963 9265

Rail Group On Air: 2022 RT&S Engineer of the Year John Cech

RT&S Managing Editor David Lester talks with the 2022 RT&S Engineer of the Year John Cech from BNSF about challenging projects, the technological movement, what it takes to work in the rail industry, and what it will take to recruit the younger generation.

Chicagoans Celebrate CTA’s 75th

Saturday, Oct. 1 was sunny and cool, and windy, appropriate for the Windy City. It was a good fall day in Chicago, appropriate for the celebration that took place in the Loop,

The hybrid-electric locomotives, which will be equipped with ZTR-supplied batteries, power electronics and controls, will be built at UP's Little Rock, Ark., facility. (UP photo)

UP, ZTR Partner on Hybrid-Electric Locomotives

Union Pacific Railroad (UP) and ZTR, a locomotive control systems supplier, announced on Oct. 6 a partnership to build hybrid-electric locomotives. The locomotives will be built at UP’s North Little Rock, Ark., facility with the first prototype expected to be delivered in late 2023 and five additional units arriving in 2024.

More than 2,500 new employees have joined Amtrak this year.

Amtrak, DelDOT to Develop ‘Railroading 101’ Program

The U.S. Department of Labor is awarding the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), in partnership with Amtrak, an $11 million grant to fund a pre-employment training program that will prepare participants for railroad industry jobs, Amtrak reported on Oct. 6.

The Brightline West Cucamonga Station in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., will be home to the first high-speed passenger rail service in the Inland Empire connecting Rancho Cucamonga, the High Desert and Las Vegas. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Transit Briefs: SBCTA, Metrolink, SEPTA, NJ Transit

The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) approves sale of Cucamonga Station property to Brightline West. Also, SBCTA and Metrolink announce ribbon cutting ceremony of Redlands Passenger Rail Project; Metrolink receives first American Public Transportation Association (APTA) certification for sustainability program; the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) expands institutional pass program; NJ Transit wins International Data Corporation (IDC) Best in Future of Digital Innovation Award; and NJ Transit breaks ground on Hoboken Connect project.

Duos Technologies, Inc., on Oct. 4 reported that it is expanding its business to build, own and operate Subscription RIPs (railcar inspection portals) along the North American rail network.
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Supply Side: Duos, HARTING/TTI, Road & Rail

Duos Technologies, Inc., will provide subscribing railcar owners with near real-time data from railcar inspection portals (RIPs) that it builds, owns and operates at strategic North American locations. Also, HARTING selects TTI, Inc., as a distributor of its industrial connectivity products; and Honda recognizes third-party logistics provider Road & Rail Services, LLC (R&RS).

Major General James Trogdon has been named AECOM's North Carolina Transportation Lead.
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People News: AECOM, Keolis, KDOT

AECOM hires Major General James Trogdon as North Carolina Transportation Lead. Also, Keolis North America (Keolis) welcomes Stephan Oehler as Chief Financial Officer; and Cory Davis is named Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Multimodal Transportation and Innovation Director.


50 Years of BART: The Most Iconic BART Ads

“Take your BART, please!” If memes existed in the late 1980s, comedian Henny Youngman would undoubtedly have become one with these four words–a take on his signature phrase, “Take my wife, please.”

MRL helper locomotives assist at the rear end of a BNSF grain train climbing Bozeman Pass, west of Livingston, Mont. (Photo and caption by Bruce Kelly)

BLET: BNSF-MRL Implementing Agreements Ratified

An “overwhelming majority” of participating Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) members have ratified an implementing agreement and Oregon Short Line Protective Agreement with BNSF regarding its resumption of service on Montana Rail Link (MRL), BLET reported.

Photo by John Auberg; Courtesy of Minnesota Commercial Railroad (MNNR)

MnDOT Seeks Grant Applicants for Rail Service Improvements

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) announced on Oct. 3 that $6.5 million in grants are available for railroads, rail shippers, cities and counties to improve freight service that supports economic development. The funding is available through the 2022 Minnesota Rail Service Improvement (MRSI) program, which was approved during the 2021 special legislative session.

ArcelorMittal Selects Railhead for Remote Monitoring, Video

Raihead Corp. has been awarded a contract to supply ArcelorMittal with a new remote monitoring and 4K video recording system for its Cartier Mining Railway, Quebec, Canada. The technology will provide ArcelorMittal with real-time-monitoring and access to locomotive data as its trains travel between mining operations and shipping ports in Canada.

(Norfolk Southern Photograph)

Intermodal Continues Downward Trend

Intermodal slowed in September as consumer consumption continued to switch from goods to services, according to John T. Gray, Senior Vice President of the Association of American Railroads (AAR). The group’s monthly rail traffic report, issued Oct. 5, showed not only an intermodal volume decline of 4.8% from the prior-year period, but also a carload decrease of 1.1%.

Inessa M. Vitko (left) will join TriMet as Executive Director of the Transportation Operations Division; and Dan Marks (right) has been named CEO of Edwin Bohr Electronics.
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People News: TriMet, Edwin Bohr Electronics, NS

C-TRAN COO Inessa M. Vitko returns to TriMet as Executive Director of Transportation Operations. Also, Edwin Bohr Electronics (EBE) names Dan Marks CEO; and Norfolk Southern (NS) Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Ed Elkins has been appointed to the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Board of Directors.

Brightline will begin testing trains up to a maximum speed of 110 mph, in preparation for opening its $2.7 billion extension to Orlando, Fla., in 2023. (Photograph Courtesy of Brightline)

Transit Briefs: Brightline, MBTA, NYMTA, SEPTA, WMATA

Ahead of service to Orlando, Train testing of up to 110 mph is scheduled for Brightline, Florida’s private-sector passenger railroad. Also, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) reports that an additional $1 billion will be needed to complete Orange and Red line repairs; safety messages from New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell are now playing throughout the subway system; Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has released a safety and security plan; and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is launching a campaign to deter fare evasion.

FRCF President and CEO Jillian Crane (left) and CSX Vice President of Corporate Communications Bryan Tucker (right)

Class I Briefs: CSX, UP

First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF), in partnership with CSX, announces recipients of the 2022 CSX Pride in Service Scholarship. Also, Union Pacific (UP) announces extension of Carta Porte grace period for Mexico shipments; and Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts discusses proposed rail park with leaders in Lincoln County.