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CP: Red Locomotives, Green Mindset

As part of ongoing sustainability initiatives, Canadian Pacific has launched a web-based carbon emissions calculator and awarded a contract for two hydrogen production and refueling facilities to support its HFC (hydrogen fuel cell) road locomotive program.

Progress Rail to Supply BNSF with Zero Exhaust Emission Locomotives

Progress Rail (a Caterpillar Company) announced on Sept. 23 that it is supplying up to four EMD® Joule battery electric locomotives to BNSF Railway (BNSF). Supported in part by grant funding, the locomotives, to be delivered in 2024, would replace BNSF diesel units operating in Southern California, with charging systems for continuous operation.

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“Train Daddy” Andy Byford Returning to the U.S.

Transport for London (TfL) Commissioner Andy Byford will leave the authority at the end of October. He will be replaced on an interim basis by current Chief Operating Officer Andy Lord. Byford, nicknamed “Train Daddy” when he was President of MTA New York City Transit, confirmed that he will return to the U.S. upon leaving TfL.

Amtrak says it aims to achieve zero GHG emissions by 2045.

Transit Briefs: Amtrak, SEPTA, TransLink, MDOT

Amtrak aims to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2045. Also, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) advances two major initiatives; TransLink opens Customer Service Center at Waterfront Station; and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) recruits colleges, trade schools to help Marylanders seize career opportunities.

Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority Interim Director Thomas Frawley (Photo Courtesy of SRPRA).
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People News: SRPRA, CMC

The Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority (SRPRA) has hired Thomas Frawley as Interim Director. Also, Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., has joined the California Mobility Center (CMC) as CEO.

The K Line next to Edward Vincent Jr. Park in Inglewood. (Metro)

LA Metro’s K Line Light Rail to Open in October

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) announced on Sept. 22 that it will officially open the K Line, formerly known as the Crenshaw/LAX Line, to the public shortly after noon on Friday, Oct. 7. In celebration, Metro will be offering free rides on the entire Metro Bus and Rail System, including Metro Bike Share, opening weekend.

Aerial view of the derailment scene.​​ (Photograph courtesy of Pike County Office of Emergency Management with overlay annotations by NTSB.)

NTSB: Loose Debris from Mudslide Probable Cause of CSX Derailment

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently determined that the probable cause of a February 13, 2020, derailment of CSX Transportation (CSX) train K42911 on a railroad track that runs between a hillside and the Russel Fork River in Draffin, Ky., was loose mud, vegetation, sand, soil and rock from a mudslide that obstructed the track following excessive rain accumulation over several weeks.

Commentary

Coincidence—Or Not?

The Federal Railroad Administration released on Sept. 22—six years after it was completed—a commissioned study, “Human Error Analyses Associated With Locomotive Cab Automation,” which “addressed the potential for errors that may occur during human-automation interaction with automated systems.”