ASLRRA Adds aE as PTC Preferred Provider

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has added Ayers Electronic Systems LLC (aE) as Member Discount Program Preferred Provider for implementing Positive Train Control (PTC), including services selection, procurement, training, testing and implementation coordination.

Leaders Gather to Explore LEADER® Capabilities

Users from around the world of New York Air Brake’s LEADER® technology recently gathered at the company’s Train Dynamic Systems (TDS) facilities in Irving, Tex., to “discuss pertinent industry trends, share best practices and learn about advancements in the company’s robust LEADER technology and its long-term roadmap.”

CRRC’s “Chief Obligation is to the Chinese State”: Report

“CRRC AND BEIJING’S DASH FOR GLOBAL ROLLING STOCK DOMINANCE,” a report prepared by Radarlock, which describes itself as “a research organization that uses data-driven analysis to understand techno-economic dynamics in world affairs,” says that China Railway Rolling Stock Corp. (CRRC) is an arm of the Chinese government with “indelible ties to the Chinese Communist Party,” and whose executives “wear dual hats as corporate and as Party leaders.”

FRA’s Batory: “Let the Facts Speak”

WATCHING WASHINGTON, RAILWAY AGE NOVEMBER 2019 ISSUE: At the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), where challenges are voluminous and time is short because the nation’s top rail safety cop serves at the pleasure of the White House occupant, Administrator Ronald L. (Ron) Batory is pedaling furiously to accomplish priorities—cardinal of which is assuring demonstrable facts overwhelm opinion.

Obfuscation is Challenging. Clearing It Up? More So

FINANCIAL EDGE, RAILWAY AGE NOVEMBER 2019 ISSUE: Recently, three events impacting the railroad community—shippers and carriers and regulators—rushed through the news wire:

Airline Veteran New Amtrak CSO

Steve Predmore, a 30-year aviation and bus safety professional, has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Safety Officer at Amtrak, effective Nov. 4, 2019. Predmore will succeed Ken Hylander, who will return to retirement on Nov. 15, 2019.

STB No Place for Transactional Decision-Making

One expects better from the scholarly American Enterprise Institute (AEI), which on Oct. 9 published an essay recommending folding the independent Surface Transportation Board (STB) into the politicized Executive Branch Department of Transportation (DOT).

EIS Holdings Formed By Three Environmental Companies

1 Priority Environmental Services, Earth Services & Abatement (ESA) and Snyder Environmental & Construction have come together to form EIS (Environmental Infrastructure Solutions) Holdings, LLC, described as “an environmental and infrastructure services platform that performs abatement, decontamination, remediation, demolition and other environmental services.

Short Line Tax Credit Eclipses 2/3 House Support

Sixty-two and 294—these two numbers may seem arbitrary to some, but they’re music to the ears of Short Line Tax Credit supporters.

FRA Offers $150K Trespassing Grant Program

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently posted a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grant Program worth $150,000.