AREMA: Talking about talking cargo

Written by Jennifer Nunez, Assistant Editor, Railway Track & Structures
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Tuesday's technical program breakout sessions, as part of the AREMA Conference 2015, included 10 presentations from experts in the business of moving people, sometimes referred to by railroaders as "Talking cargo.”

Session Chair and AREMA Functional Group Vice President Nathan Higgins kicked off the day with a safety briefing

Subject matter included high-speed rail, streetcars, intercity transit, platforms and stations, among many others.

One presentation, NYSDOT-Amtrak Hudson Line Improvement Project, presented by Craig Weed, Jr., from Amtrak and David Emerich from CHA Consulting, Inc., rounded up the day’s focus on passenger and transit.

The massive undertaking included adding 17 miles of second main line track between Schenectady, a fourth track at Rensselaer Station, signal wire relocation, track and platform improvements to Schenectady Station, replacing signal wire between Redhook and Poughkeepsie and 12 grade crossing improvements.

Capital maintenance during the 2015 construction season included crosstie replacement, road stabilization, curve patching, bridgework and culvert work.

Work is continuing and the project is expected to be fully completed by December 2016.

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