David Cochrane, Senior Vice President and Transportation Program Director, WSP

Beyond Speed: Five Key Lessons Learned From High-Speed Rail Projects

Experience matters, and David Cochrane honed his in the realm of high-speed rail megaprojects (>$1bn), sharing valuable insights that can set these complex megaprojects on the right track.

Grant Funding Approved for Patriot Rail’s NDW

The Ohio Rail Development Commission (Rail Commission) on Nov. 9 approved $264,000 in grant funding to the Napoleon Defiance & Western Railway (NDW) and authorized staff to administer a recently awarded Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Consolidated Infrastructure and Safety Improvement (CRISI) grant.

Amtrak, CPKC Reach Agreements with Unions

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) has reached a tentative agreement with Amtrak. Meanwhile, members of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division-International Brotherhood of Teamsters (BMWED-IBT) on Canadian Pacific Kansas City’s (CPKC) Soo-Milw. Line have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement.

“Station accessibility is a core part of SEPTA’s capital program,” said SEPTA CEO and General Manager Leslie S. Richards (pictured, center). “With the opening of the new Conshohocken Station, we are one step closer to reaching our goal of making SEPTA easier to use and more accessible to all.” (SEPTA Photograph)

Transit Briefs: BART, MDOT/MTA, Metrolink, SEPTA

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) releases its latest performance report. Also, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is launching a Youth Transit Council; holiday express trains are returning for the fifth year to Southern California’s Metrolink; and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail Line station.

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Hudson-Bergen Light Rail: DBOM and More

RAILWAY AGE, NOVEMBER 2023 ISSUE: Why New Jersey Transit’s Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) is a DBOM (Design-Build-Operate-Maintain) model deployment.

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2023 Women in Rail: Innovating, Inspiring

RAILWAY AGE, NOVEMBER 2023 ISSUE: Since 2017, Railway Age has celebrated women leaders who break down barriers and create opportunities for the next generation. This year, 23 honorees and five honorable mentions were selected from more than 100 Women in Rail awards candidates by judges Barbara Wilson and KellyAnne Gallagher, with input from the Railway Age staff. These visionaries from all levels of North American railroading are not only excelling in their respective fields, but also making an impact in the historically male-dominated freight, transit and supply sectors; supporting and inspiring more women to join the industry; and serving their communities. Congratulations to these women whose accomplishments are presented here.

Photo by William Beecher

MxV Rail R&D: Railcar Draft System Modeling

RAILWAY AGE, NOVEMBER 2023 ISSUE: Under the Association of American Railroads’ (AAR) Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) Program, MxV Rail and the End-of-Car (EOC) Energy Management Task Force of the AAR’s Equipment Engineering Committee (EEC) are developing a combined testing and modeling approach to evaluate draft system performance.

Figure 1. Rail, ties, and ballast on a heavy-haul mountain railway above the Artic Circle in Norway. (Courtesy of Gary T. Fry.)

Timeout for Tech: Ties and Ballast Time-Tested Foundation

RAILWAY AGE, NOVEMBER 2023 ISSUE: Both are essential for a rugged, lasting railway.

From May through October, the number of trains negatively impacted by BART Police Department incidents fell by more than 60%. (BART Photograph)

Transit Briefs: BART, GO Transit, Metrolink

The number of police incidents impacting San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) service is declining. Also, rail planning and operations software has been selected for Metrolinx’s GO Rail Expansion–On-Corridor Works program; and Southern California’s Metrolink schedules a temporary service outage to complete a three-year modernization project.

Image Courtesy of Plasser American

Rock-Solid Support

RAILWAY AGE, NOVEMBER 2023 ISSUE: High-production, computer-driven track machines and inspection vehicles perform one of the most critical of maintenance-of-way functions: keeping ballast in a state-of-good-repair to provide a smooth-running surface with excellent drainage.