PHL Releases Showcase Video

Pacific Harbor Line (PHL) recently released a video showcasing its “commitment to its critical role in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as the first and last mile of the global economy.”

R.J. Corman Awarded Contract for Texas Logistics Park

R. J. Corman Switching Company, LLC was awarded a contract to be the switching and transloading provider for the 137-acre multi-modal Hempstead Logistics Park owned by McAlister Assets and operated by RCR Rail Co. The Union Pacific-served logistics park is in Hempstead, Texas, approximately 50 miles northwest of Houston, Texas.

Knox Kershaw at Railway Interchange 2019: Video

RAILWAY AGE at RAILWAY INTERCHANGE 2019: Knox Kershaw Inc. debuted an all-new ballast regulator, the KBR-925. Marketing Manager Courtney Kershaw describes the machine’s numerous features and improvements, among them a touch-screen-operated control system, to Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono.

Railway Interchange 2019 Roundup

Railway Interchange 2019, the largest Rail Industry Conference and Exhibition in North America, is in the books. Each year the event, which was held at the Minneapolis Convention Center Sept. 21-25, aims to serve as the one-stop for innovation in rail technology and education.

ARINC to Implement New Sound Transit PIMS

The Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) plans to implement a new Passenger Information Management System (PIMS) with the help of the ARINC rail solutions team at Collins Aerospace Systems, a business unit of United Technologies Corp.

Encore Rail Systems Hosts Gov. Hickenlooper

Governor John Hickenlooper (D-Colorado) joined Encore Rail Systems to tour its headquarters in Broomfield, Colo., to speak with company leaders, employees and rail industry representatives about transportation infrastructure, the short line tax credit and economic initiatives to create jobs in Colorado. REMSA coordinated the event.

AAR: U.S. Rail Traffic Down 4% Yearly

For the 40th consecutive week, U.S. rail freight traffic has declined—a 4% year-over-year drop—according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR), while Canadian traffic saw some slight year-over-year improvements and Mexican traffic was slightly down.

Cunkelman to Serve as Strato VP of Engineering

Brian Cunkelman was recently added to Strato, Inc.’s executive management team as Vice President of Engineering, which was previously held by Larry Hixon, who retired earlier this year after 15 years with Strato.

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MTA to Increase Train Speed 50% on Certain Track

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) released preliminary findings of the Train Speed and Safety Task Force that demonstrate subway train speeds on certain sections of track can be increased by as much as 50%. The task force initiated the study with engineering firm STV, with the help of Transport Workers Union, that remains ongoing but has already determined four core areas of focus that would lead to faster trains while prioritizing customer and employee safety.

Cowen Survey: Railcar Demand Holding

Railcar demand appears to be holding up at the modest levels seen in second-quarter 2019, “despite continued rail traffic declines and ongoing PSR implementation,” according to a Cowen and Company’s third-quarter shipper survey. “Barring a recession, orders are unlikely to fall below replacement demand of about 10,000-12,000 units/quarter for the balance of the year.”

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