Leadership, recognized: 2018 Railway Age Women in Rail award winners

Our 14 honorees from freight, transit, supplier and trade organizations are driving their businesses forward while helping to make a leadership difference in the industry and community.

More delays for ION LRT

The Kitchener-Waterloo ION light rail system in western Ontario Province, Canada, will miss its most recent revenue service startup date in December. The opening, which was originally scheduled for December 2017 and then postponed until April 2018, has once again been pushed back until at least spring 2019, due to LRV-related delays. No specific date has been scheduled.

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.