The Official Railway Interchange 2019 Mobile App Is Here

With Railway Interchange 2019 less than two weeks away, it’s time to download the official mobile app of the largest Rail Industry Conference and Exhibition in North America.

Muallem joins RailPros

Basem Muallem, P.E., a Caltrans veteran, has joined RailPros as Vice President and Inland Empire Area Manager and statewide Transportation Lead for California.

PTC 87% Done: FRA

With 16 months left until the Congressionally mandated Dec. 31, 2020 deadline for full implementation of PTC (Positive Train Control), the U.S. railroad industry is drawing close, according to the Federal Railroad Administration’s Second-Quarter 2019 PTC Progress Report.

NRC Wins $15MM MBTA Contract

Network Rail Consulting (NRC) was awarded a $15 million contract by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to: assist the agency in managing its assets in accordance with best practice principles, support the upgrade of several rail lines to higher levels of performance, and secure a specific set of outcomes desired by the Board and staff.

RSI: No Federal Funds for Chinese-Sourced Railcars

The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) sent a letter to Congress on Sept. 5 urging members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to preserve, in Conference, existing language in H.R.2500/S.1790, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, that would prevent federal funds from being used to award a contract or subcontract for the procurement of transit vehicles to priority enterprises owned, controlled, or subsidized by SOEs (State-Owned Enterprises) falling under three specific definitions.

PowerRail Inks $1.9MM Deal With NJ Transit

Rail-related parts and components supplier PowerRail, Inc. was recently awarded a multi-year, $1.9 million contract with New Jersey Transit to manufacture new Passenger Car Class F Journal Adapter Boxes.

Saabas Named Head of Engineering, Tech at Bombardier

Bombardier Transportation recently appointed John Saabas as its Head of Engineering and Technology.

Wi-Fi, Why Not? Icomera Selected to Deliver GO Transit’s Connectivity

Metrolinx has chosen Icomera Canada to install its Internet solutions on GO Transit’s fleet of vehicles operating in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas.

CRC Calls for PTC Spectrum Protection

The 2008 Rail Safety Improvement Act (RSIA) required railroads that operate or host passenger trains (commuter/regional and intercity) to install Positive Train Control (PTC). The Commuter Rail Coalition (CRC) points out that, despite PTC requiring radio frequency spectrum for communication, “when commuter railroads needed to acquire spectrum, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) rebuffed requests to recognize the public safety mandate that required it, and told railroads to buy spectrum on the open market.”

Costello Named DART CFO

Joe Costello has been named Chief Financial Officer for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).