The Federal Railroad Administration released on Sept. 22—six years after it was completed—a commissioned study, “Human Error Analyses Associated With Locomotive Cab Automation,” which “addressed the potential for errors that may occur during human-automation interaction with automated systems.”
A short drive east of Pueblo, Colo., north of the Arkansas River, flanked by the Sangre de Christo Mountains, and surrounded by shortgrass prairie, lies the Transportation Technology Center, the Federal Railroad
Norfolk Southern (NS) is honoring 48 customers for safely handling products regulated as hazardous materials.
When it comes to railcar repair, no one does it better than Union Tank Car Company. UTLX On-Site Services (UTLX) is the leader in the rail repair industry and we work closely
Progress Rail (a Caterpillar company) announced three initiatives involving autonomous operations and train control, at InnoTrans 2022 in Berlin.
The Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago Intercity Passenger Rail Project (TCMC) is now in the final design phase. Also, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) in North Carolina introduces fare capping; Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) in Ohio is launching a pilot project to address “last-mile” gaps; a $57.9 million design and engineering base contract has been approved for the New York Penn Station project; Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has released design concepts for new trolley stations; and starting next month, Société de transport de Montréal (STM) métro riders can bring their pet dogs on board.
The Agawa Canyon tour train, the first-ever tour train provided by Watco-owned Agawa Canyon Railroad (ACR), carried its first passengers Aug. 1 from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, to Agawa Canyon Park.
At the NEARS (North East Association of Rail Shippers) Fall 2022 Conference, participants say they are still waiting to see consistency in rail service. Technical metrics are gradually improving, but in our view, fluidity will not show significant improvement until first-half 2023. On the first day of sessions (Sept. 21), many attendees expressed surprise that CSX reached outside the rail network for its new CEO. Also, Surface Transportation Board Chairman Martin Oberman foreshadowed a more proactive STB. Our key takeaways follow.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) on Sept. 20 announced that, beginning Nov. 19, a soft launch of the Central Subway Project, an extension of the T Third Line, will open with dedicated shuttle service on weekends between 4th and Brannan Station to Chinatown/Rose Park Station, stopping along the way at Yerba Buena and Union Square where passengers can make transfers to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) service and the Market Street subway.
Hitachi Rail and Trenitalia on Sept. 21 at InnoTrans 2022 unveiled the hybrid tri-mode “Blues Train,” which can switch between battery, electric or diesel power and will enter passenger service in Italy later this year.
IRJ at InnoTrans 2022: The trains will be delivered between June and December 2023.
Deborah A. Golden set to retire from GATX Corporation (GATX). Also, Union Pacific’s (UP) Wendy Whalen earns a Women in Supply Chain Award; and Rob DiAdamo joins WSP as Senior Director of the firm’s Advisory Enterprise and Strategy Team.
IRJ at InnoTrans 2022: The agreement will promote cooperation between the North American and European associations.
What’s the value of attending American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) regional meetings? ASLRRA Board Chair Stefan Loeb weighs in. Also, September is National Preparedness Month in the U.S., and the association is offering disaster preparedness tools for members.
BNSF Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Roger Nober has announced his retirement effective Jan. 1, 2023. His replacement will be Vice President and General Counsel Jill Mulligan.
If tentative wages, benefits and work rules agreements reached between rail labor unions and most Class I railroads (and many smaller ones) fail to be ratified by union members in coming weeks, might leadership of those unions override a majority “no” vote and unilaterally impose the tentative agreement or, alternatively, submit it to binding arbitration rather than pursue further collective bargaining or authorize a strike?
The Cincinnati (Ohio) Department of Transportation & Engineering appoints Lori Burchett as Deputy Director for Streetcar Services (Connector). Also, Florida’s Jacksonville Business Journal names CSX’s Funto Ajayi a Tech Leader of the Year; and The Washington Companies President and CEO Larry Simkins steps down.
While U.S. carloads rose for Week 37 (ending Sept. 17, 2022), intermodal volume fell, bringing total traffic down compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported on Sept. 21. Traffic was also down cumulatively for the year’s first 37 weeks.
Belden and Cylus are teaming on a rail cybersecurity platform for rolling stock and signaling systems. Also, Cummins’ Tier 4 QSK95 engine can now be used with renewable diesel; and Hitachi Energy is offering a new oil-free traction transformer with integrated cooling system.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to install security cameras in every subway car. Also, LA Metro releases new photos of the K Line’s Hyde Park Station artwork; the OKC Streetcar reaches one million rider milestone; the Regional Transportation District (RTD) closes financial transaction reducing its annual debt service by more than $144 million over 200 years; officials celebrate the next chapter in the redevelopment of Boston’s South Station; and Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) will get their own police detail.
Stadler will supply at least four hydrogen multiple units.