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TTC CEO Rick Leary (left) with Chair Jamaal Myers during the June 7 announcement of the TTC-ATU Local 113 tentative agreement that avoided a strike. (TTC Photograph)

TTC’s Leary Stepping Down

Boston-native Rick Leary has announced his resignation, effective Aug. 30, as CEO of Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), after more than six years leading the Ontario, Canada, agency that has grown since 1921

High school students this summer will shadow CTA’s construction management team and document the 5.6-mile Red Line Extension project. (Project Rendering Courtesy of CTA)

Transit Briefs: CTA, Minn. Met Council, NJT, SEPTA, Metrolinx

This summer, Chicago will see CTA’s Red Line Extension project through the eyes of three high school students. Also, Minnesota’s Metropolitan (Met) Council and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) prepare an environmental report for the Metro Blue Line extension project; New Jersey Transit (NJT) hosts a workshop on transportation and security planning ahead of large-scale events like the FIFA World Cup 2026; Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) in May exceeds 70% of pre-COVID ridership for the first time; and Ontario’s Metrolinx awards a rail program advisory contract to Jacobs.

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RSI’s Patty Long Featured at Rail Insights

RSI President Patty Long will discuss “Supplier Opportunities for Growth in Freight and Passenger Rail” at Railway Age’s 2024 virtual Rail Insights conference, June 20. Long and Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C.

Big Boy Upgraded With Self-Contained PTC

The PTC (Positive Train Control) system on Union Pacific Big Boy 4014, the world’s largest operating steam locomotive, has been upgraded with a self-contained technology, which means the massive locomotive can operate

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Transnational Triumph

Canadian Pacific Kansas City’s Final Spike Anniversary Steam Tour is an historic three-nation round-trip journey that began in Calgary on April 24, 2024 to mark the one-year anniversary of CPKC’s official merger.

According to Rail Vision, its ShuntingYard system “automatically detects and classifies objects within a range of 200 meters [218 yards]—in any weather or light conditions.” (Image Courtesy of Rail Vision)
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Supply Side: RailVision, Wabtec

A U.S. Class I railroad has taken delivery of Rail Vision Ltd.’s monitoring and obstacle detection system for yards. Also, Wabtec Corporation’s Green Friction braking system will be deployed on RER A line trains operating in the Paris, France, metropolitan area.

Maximilian Eichhorn, CEO, Nexxiot (left) and Renee Moilanen, incoming Director of Environmental Planning, Port of Long Beach. (Photographs Courtesy of Nexxiot and POLB, respectively)
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People News: Nexxiot, POLB

Zurich, Switzerland-based Nexxiot appoints Maximilian Eichhorn as CEO, succeeding Stefan Kalmund. Also, Renee Moilanen will rejoin Port of Long Beach, Calif., (POLB) as Director of Environmental Planning, effective July 15.

NS recently unveiled this new locomotive paint scheme in Altoona, Pa., that pays tribute to its railroaders. (Alan Shaw Photograph)

Class I Briefs: NS, CPKC, CN (UPDATED 6/12)

Norfolk Southern (NS) celebrates its railroaders with a Thoroughbred Locomotive painted in a special scheme. Also, Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) meets with officials in Toronto, Canada, and marks the completion of the Final Spike Steam Tour in Mexico; and CN continues its partnership with Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

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J. Craig Thorpe Leads Rail Artist Workshop

Noted railroad painter and illustrator J. Craig Thorpe will lead a three-day artists’ workshop at the Station Inn, Cresson, Pa., August 23-25. Thorpe , the event’s artist in residence, “will bring a