Transit Briefs: LA Metro, Amtrak, TTC, VRE

LA Metro launches TAP to exit pilot at its North Hollywood B Line station. Also, Amtrak’s Borealis service makes its inaugural trip between St. Paul, Miss., and Chicago, Ill.; the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) provides an update on its ongoing labor negotiations with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATC) Local 113; and Virginia Railway Express (VRE) cuts the ribbon on improvements to Fredericksburg Station.

People News: IntelliTrans, GATX, Port NOLA, STV

IntelliTrans hires Jim Bell as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Also, GATX Corporation (GATX) announces a transition plan for Vice President – Government and Industry Affairs at Rail North America; the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) appoints Ronald Wendel Jr. as Acting President and CEO of Port NOLA and Acting CEO of New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (NOPB); and STV promotes Philip Hanegraaf to Senior Vice President and Patricia Macchi to Vice President.

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U.S. Rail Traffic Remains Flat in Week 20, AAR

For the week ending May 18, 2024 (Week 20), total U.S. rail traffic came in at 474,886 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.9%—virtually flat—vs. the same week last year, according to a May 22 Association of American Railroads (AAR) report. It is the fourth consecutive week that carloads and intermodal containers and trailers combined were comparable to the prior-year periods.

(Image Courtesy of WMSC)

WMSC Audits WMATA’s Railcar Program

An audit of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) maintenance and engineering practices related to its rapid transit cars and associated shop equipment was released by the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission (WMSC)

For GPA, Auto Volumes Up 44% in April

In its busiest month ever for autos and heavy equipment, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) in April handled a record 80,600 units of Roll-on/Roll-off (Ro/Ro) cargo, an increase of more than 44%, or 24,760 units, compared to the same month last year, according to a recent report made to the GPA Board.

(Logo Courtesy of LRW)

LRW Welcomes Scholarship Applicants

The League of Railway Women (LRW) is now accepting applications for three scholarships—the Connie Sumara Memorial Scholarship, the Future of Railroading Scholarship, and the new Sue Black Memorial Scholarship—for the 2024-25 school year.

The six-week closure of MARTA’s Airport Station for concourse and platform renovations reduced overall construction time by 17 months. (MARTA Photograph)

Transit Briefs: MARTA, NYMTA, Amtrak

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) reopens its Airport Station following a six-week renovation project. Also, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) highlights upcoming milestones in its transition from MetroCard to OMNY, the contactless fare payment system; and Amtrak seasonal service to Old Orchard Beach, Maine, resumes.

Third Coast is undertaking a rail expansion project within its Pearland, Tex., chemical plant, adding 40 railcar spots to accommodate increased demand for inbound and outbound rail movements. (Third Coast Photograph)

Industrial Development Briefs: Third Coast, UIPA

BNSF-served Third Coast, a chemical contract manufacturer, is expanding its Pearland, Tex., operations to better serve the U.S. Gulf Coast chemical industry. Also, Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) adopts the West Weber Project Area for industrial development near Union Pacific (UP).

Class I Briefs: NS, CPKC, BNSF

Norfolk Southern (NS) is named “Railroad of the Year” by Evergreen Line. Also, NS restores and donates the historic East Palestine train depot; Canadian Pacific Kansas City’s (CPKC) Shreveport Terminal earns a CEO Award for Excellence; and BNSF provides supporting materials to a just-released documentary.

Donfris Named Greenbrier CFO

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (Greenbrier) on May 21 announced that Michael J. Donfris has been named Chief Financial Officer (CFO) following a nationwide search.

Amsted Digital Solutions IQ Series gateway mounted on a railcar truck. (Amsted Digital Solutions Photograph)

RailPulse, Amsted Team on Telematics

Amsted Digital Solutions has signed a multi-year agreement allowing RailPulse™—the coalition established in late 2020 to “facilitate and accelerate the adoption of GPS and other telematics technology across the North American railcar network”—to act

Transit Briefs: WMATA, MBTA, NCTD, RTA

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) applauds state funding to redevelop the Capitol Heights Metro Station. Also, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) advances nearly 1,000 units of housing; the North County Transit District (NCTD) authorizes negotiations with developers for two oceanside transit-oriented development (TOD) projects; and Chicago’s Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) selects eight station activation projects for a pilot program to improve public safety near transit and develops the Chicago region’s first Mobility Hub Network Framework.

Engage for Good honors CSX for its partnership with and support for Wounded Warrior Project®’s (WWP) Drone Training Program, which provides veterans with initial training to become certified FAA drone pilots and with advanced training if they are already certified. (CSX Photograph)

Class I Briefs: CSX, NS, CPKC

CSX is recognized for its work helping veterans achieve post-military employment and holds its 2024 women in rail leadership event. Also, Norfolk Southern (NS) hosts its annual short line conference and presents its second-annual Bulldog Legacy Scholarships; and Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) will open its newest automotive facility in June.