This edition of Railway Age’s Rail Group On Air podcast series with the Commuter Rail Coalition features Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District/South Shore Line President and CRC Vice Chairman Mike Noland. Editor-in-Chief
On Aug. 9 marked the fourth anniversary of the death of former New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Robert Kiley. Let us not forget him, and those who followed, in spending $128 billion under past multi-year MTA Capital Programs.
WSP USA has promoted Jacqueline (Jackie) Peduzzi to Alternate Delivery Leader for the West region.
Amtrak has engaged the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (GW Milken Institute SPH) in an effort to provide ongoing technical expertise and guidance to enhance Amtrak’s coronavirus pandemic response.
When one rounds up the usual suspects in official Washington—bureaucrats, lobbyists, policy wonks, attorneys—culled are the tourists, often identified by psychedelic art attire, conjuring among children of the ’60s recollections of Dr. Timothy Leary (“turn on, tune in, drop out”).
The honeymoon between Brightline, the private-sector luxury passenger train in Florida, and the Virgin brand is over. It lasted for fewer than two years. When we reported about the change in branding from Brightline to Virgin Trains USA late in 2018, it appeared that the edgy and innovative Brightline brand was headed for oblivion. It now seems that the COVID-19 virus is responsible for the reversal of events that led to a parting of the ways. Whatever the reason, the Brightline brand will now live again.
Alstom says it will “take into account the consequences” of the operating and financial developments at Bombardier Transportation in forthcoming takeover discussions after the company reported an adjusted Ebit loss of $383 million in the second quarter of 2020.
Exactly a century ago, on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1920, diversity in music took a giant leap forward. The occasion was the first recording session that featured a black popular singer, backed up by a jazz band from Harlem, performing the first record widely accepted as an example of the blues. That event changed the music business forever, and reinforced the universal kinship felt by everyone who plays jazz, or has a serious interest in it. It is not unlike the kinship shared among those of us who are serious about our trains, our transit, and the policies and procedures that keep them in service.
RAILWAY AGE, AUGUST 2020 ISSUE, ANNUAL WINTER PREPAREDNESS REPORT: Winter preparedness is essential for avoiding frozen equipment, malfunctioning cars, service delays or even suspended operations.
Fail to prepare for winter’s harsh conditions and your railroad will be running on ice—literally and figuratively. One railroad that prepares for winter’s onslaught is BNSF, which has some of the most rugged territory in North America.
A 58-year veteran of the railroad industry, Vincent “Vin” Terrill, 94, died on June 24 at his home in Manchester, Mass.