Commuter/Regional

For LIRR, a Potential First: Battery/Third-Rail ‘BEMU’

If all goes as planned, in about one year, MTA Long Island Rail Road will be testing a prototype “BEMU” (battery-electric multiple unit) that operates on third-rail power or batteries on the 13-mile, non-electrified Oyster Bay Branch. The program, a venture with Alstom, will be North America’s first test-of-concept of this application on commuter railcars.

Savage has selected Octopi’s terminal operating system for a new intermodal terminal at Union Pacific’s rail yard in Pocatello, Idaho. Its teams will place loaded containers onto railcars that will be transported to the Northwest Seaport Alliance ports in Tacoma and Seattle, Wash.

Supply Side: Bentley, Octopi

Infrastructure engineering software firm Bentley Systems, Inc., has acquired Montreal-based INRO Software; Savage has selected a terminal operating system from Octopi, part of Navis and Cargotec Corp., for a new intermodal terminal at Union Pacific’s rail yard in Pocatello, Idaho.

Biden’s FY22 Discretionary Budget Proposal Includes $25.6B for USDOT (Updated)

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has submitted to Congress President Joe Biden’s $1.52 trillion discretionary funding request for Fiscal Year 2022, which includes $25.6 billion for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).