Author: Douglas John Bowen

Montreal Gare Central

Pact bodes well for restored Amtrak Montrealer

A U.S.-Canada agreement on cross-border travel and security signed Monday, March 16, 2015 bolsters efforts to restore Amtrak’s Montrealer, discontinued in 1995, particularly if Customs pre-clearance facilities are established to eliminate long dwell times at the U.S.-Canada border.

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RailPlan lands Metrolink PTC-related contract

RailPlan International said Monday, March 16, 2015 it has landed a technical services contract with the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, which oversees Metrolink regional rail service, in developing Positive Train Control (PTC) to provide modifications to the PTC powering system in Metrolink’s fleet of Hyundai Rotem cab cars.

FRA: Tank cars must upgrade valves

Under a fairly intense political spotlight spurred by a series of high-profile rail incidents involving crude-by-rail (CBR) shipments, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a “Railworthiness Directive requiring railroad tank car owners to replace unapproved valves currently installed in some tank cars.”

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RailComm notes completion of cutover

Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm says it has “completed cutover of a completely new switch interlocking at a North American Class I yard located in Indiana.

Honolulu HART cancels URS contract

Mindful of a potential conflict of interest, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) has canceled a $63 million contract previously awarded to URS Corp. in a consultant role.

Retired U.S. Navy SEAL to keynote Railway Interchange 2015

Railway Interchange 2015 host organizations announced Thursday, March 12, 2015 that motivational speaker and retired U.S. Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill will deliver the keynote address for the conference and exhibition, being held Oct. 4-7, 2015 in Minneapolis.

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Firm earns ACEC award for work on Tanana River Bridge

Hanson Professional Services, Inc., earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 49th annual Engineering Excellence Awards for the Tanana River Bridge in Salcha, Alaska.