Book Review: An anti-passenger-rail manifesto

“Romance of the Rails: Why the Passenger Trains We Love Are Not the Transportation We Need.” By Randal O’Toole. Published by the Cato Institute. Reviewed by David Peter Alan.

Calling all Fast Trackers nominations!

Railway Age presents its fourth annual Fast Trackers awards, in which we will profile ten individuals under the age of 40 who have made an impact in their respective fields or within their company.

DOT’s Chao calls on railroad industry to improve grade crossing safety

WASHINGTON – The Department of Transportation and Federal Railroad Administration are sounding an urgent warning about grade crossing safety, and asking the industry to collaborate on improvements.

A Bostonian tackles Toronto

Rick Leary, recently confirmed as CEO of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), is an American who made the move to Canada from Boston’s Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA, or “T”), initially with a 4-1/2 year stint running York Region Transit (YRT), on Toronto’s northern border.

WMATA CEO proposes expanded service, no fare hikes for FY2020

Washington’s Metro system wants to hold the line on fare hikes while proposing expanded rail service as part of a fiscal 2020 budget proposal.

Sander gives Bombardier new traction

Bombardier Transportation has appointed Elliot G. (Lee) Sander as President of its Americas Region, effective Nov. 19, 2018. In addition to ensuring that the company “delivers on its commitments in the region,” Sander will oversee all sales and business development activities for Bombardier Transportation in the Americas.

STV elevates Boyle to EVP

Martin Boyle, a member of STV’s Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Division, has been appointed to Executive Vice President of T&I, where he will oversee the division’s operations. He is succeeding William Matts, P.E., who is retiring at the end of the year after a 40-year career with STV.

Butler moves up to CFO at Sound Transit

Sound Transit has appointed Tracy Butler, a longtime executive of the Seattle agency, as chief financial officer.

Thales introduces SelTrac™ G7 to North America at Next-Gen Train Control

Thales Canada Transport Solutions introduced SelTrac™G7, the 7th generation of its CBTC (communications-based train control) system, to the North American market on Oct. 19 at the Railway Age/Parsons Next-Generation Train Control Conference in Philadelphia.

Bentley acquires LEGION, launches OpenBuildings

The acquisition of a pedestrian simulation software provider and the launch of a new design application are helping Bentley Systems Inc. integrate comprehensive digital workflows into passenger railway station design.