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Buzz Berger (pictured) will lead HDR’s railway design technical services.
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People News: HDR, HNTB, NS

HDR selects Buzz Berger as Railway Design Leader. Also, HNTB welcomes Steven Mudge as Fleet and Facilities Technical Director; and Norfolk Southern (NS) selects Will Miller as the newly appointed Director Public Engagement.

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BNSF, SMART-TD Reach Tentative Agreement

The International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, Transportation Division (SMART-TD) and BNSF Railway have reached a system-wide agreement, following up on the mandatory local bargaining items from last year’s Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) that the Class I says will “significantly benefit ground service employees.”

From left, UP's Kim Hess, Assistant Vice President-Energy, Marketing and Sales; Ashok Fichadia, Assistant Vice President-Customer, Tech; Kaleb Koehn; Josh Saltz; and Rick Lichtas, Assistant Vice President-Network Integration and Scheduling, Network Planning and Operations. (Union Pacific photo)
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Class I Briefs: CSX, UP

CSX is honored with the 2023 Patriots in Business Award and assembles care packages for military members. Also, Union Pacific’s (UP) second annual “Hackathon” event inspires innovative approaches to real-world dilemmas; and Houston officials approve a $5 million fund to help relocate residents living near polluted UP rail yard.

FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez has been named as the recipient of LIT's 2023 Founders Award.
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People News: LIT, Trinity Metro

Latinos In Transit (LIT) names Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Administrator Nuria Fernandez as the recipient of this year’s Founders Award. Also, Trinity Rail names Reed Lanham as Vice President of Rail.

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Transit Briefs: CTA, HART, Valley Metro

The final major stage of the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) North Belmont Red-Purple Reconstruction project is scheduled to begin this fall. Also, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority’s (HART) TECO Line Streetcar will remain free for another year; and Valley Metro’s Small Business Financial Assistance Program (SBFAP) reaches $1 million milestone.

GPA Prepares for the Future, Adds Inland Rail Connectivity

Garden City Terminal at the Port of Savannah handled 49,115 containers by rail in August, approximately 89,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), an increase of 6% over the same month last year, Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) announced on Sept. 26. Intermodal cargo represented 21.6% of total containers, an uptick in that ratio of roughly 7% compared to August 2022.

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Railway Supply Group Acquires Railroad Tools and Solutions

Railway Supply Group, a diverse family of supply companies that includes Industry-Railway Suppliers, Unity Railway Supply, Wichita Railway Services, IRECO and Davanac, recently announced that it has acquired Railroad Tools and Solutions

Stefan Fuchs, Chairman of the Executive Board of FUCHS SE (left), and John Kasel, President and CEO, L.B. Foster Company (right)
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L.B. Foster, FUCHS Extend Partnership to Additional Rail Markets

L.B. Foster, a global technology solutions provider of products and services for the rail and infrastructure markets announced on Sept. 25 that its partnership with lubricant manufacturer FUCHS Lubricants Co. will be extended to additional rail markets in South America, Australia and China.

Amtrak, CHSRA Awarded Nearly $400MM in CRISI Grants

Amtrak and partners have been awarded nearly $200 million from the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) competitive grant program while the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA)