APTA conferees contemplate LRT’s future

There is no dispute that the proliferation and popularity of light rail and streetcars has been the great success story on the North American transit scene since the 1980s. Forty years ago, only seven American cities and Toronto in Canada retained even a single streetcar line that survived from the “golden age” of rail transit. Today there are dozens of lines in the U.S. and Canada, including new starts in their first few months of service.

Trackmobile, Zephir S.p.A., LEAF form Global Railcar Mover Group

Trackmobile, Zephir S.p.A. and LEAF locomotive have joined forces under the Berkshire Hathaway, Marmon Holdings, Inc. umbrella to form Global Railcar Mover Group (GRMG), which aims to “demonstrate its unparalleled commitment to safe rail operations and elevate each member to the next level in their commitment.”

RSI supporting next-gen railroaders

The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) announced on April 9 that it’s accepting 2019-2020 school year applications for its Thomas D. Simpson Annual Undergraduate Scholarship, and that it’s creating a new scholarship to help students attend Railway Interchange 2019.

Teal promoted to Simmons Product Manager

Simmons Machine Tool Corp. announced on April 8 that it has promoted Brandon Teal to Product Manager, Wheel Truing/Re-profiling.

Brennan joins FTA as Chief Counsel

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced on April 8 that John J. Brennan III is set to join the DOT agency as Chief Counsel.

PART 1 OF 6: An ARC With No Covenant

Anyone connected with the series of passenger rail projects in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area known collectively as Gateway will claim that their eventual completion is inevitable, much like former California Gov. Jerry Brown claimed that completion of the virtually defunct California High-Speed Rail Project was inevitable, or how anti-rail activists like Randal O’Toole claim that the impending demise of passenger trains and rail transit is inevitable. Yet, circumstances have changed in recent years, and new discoveries have led some advocates in the region to doubt the cost-effectiveness, and even the feasibility, of building Gateway as currently proposed.

Greenbrier “underwhelming” earnings temporary: Furman

The Greenbrier Companies, in reporting financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended Feb. 28, said earnings it characterized as “underwhelming” due to certain one-time charges were expected and should be confined to the quarter.

Gartner named Pandrol CEO

Engineering company Pandrol announced on April 5 that it has named Eran Gartner as CEO. He will join the Delachaux Group Executive Committee effective April 1.

Amtrak advances Baltimore Penn Station project

Amtrak has executed a Master Development Agreement with Penn Station Partners to redevelop and expand historic Baltimore Penn Station on the Northeast Corridor. Amtrak plans to contribute up to $90 million toward expansion and modernization.

Branson, Goddard christen MiamiCentral

Sir Richard Branson and Patrick Goddard marked the beginning of Brightline’s transition to Virgin Trains USA on April 4 with a ceremony at Virgin MiamiCentral Station that unveiled the passenger rail service’s new branding graphics. Brightline is the express intercity passenger rail service that currently connects Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with expected service to Orlando and Tampa, and between Las Vegas and Southern California.