(Photograph Courtesy of BNSF)
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People News: Alstom, ARH, ARRC, GCRTA, Phoenix Valley Metro, RailState, Uber Freight

Alstom appoints a new Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Americas. Also, two Anacostia Rail Holdings (ARH) executives complete post-graduate degree programs; Alaska Railroad (ARRC) names a Director of External Affairs; Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) renews the contract of its CEO/General Manager; Valley Metro of Phoenix, Ariz., welcomes a new Chief Maintenance Officer; real-time network visibility provider RailState hires a Solutions Architect; and logistics firm Uber Freight appoints a former Norfolk Southern executive as Head of Intermodal.

Christy Terry, incoming Vice President of Real Estate, Alaska Railroad (left); Michele Wong Krause, Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board Chair and American Public Transportation Association Vice Chair.
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People News: ARRC, DART/APTA

Alaska Railroad (ARRC) elevates Christy Terry to Vice President of Real Estate. Also, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board Chair Michele Wong Krause is appointed Vice Chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

Michelle Maddox, incoming CFO, Alaska Railroad; and Peter J. Ray, retired Vice President, Engineering, Indiana Rail Road.

People News: ARRC, INRD

The Alaska Railroad (ARRC) has elevated Michelle Maddox to Chief Financial Officer. Also, Peter J. Ray has retired as Vice President, Engineering at Indiana Rail Road (INRD), Railway Age’s 2012 and 2018 Regional of

Bill Sheffield, Alaska Railroad Corporation Board of Directors Chairman Emeritus, died Nov. 4. (According to ARRC, this Board photograph was the last official one taken in 2018.)
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Bill Sheffield, 1928-2022

William “Bill” Jennings Sheffield Jr., who, as Alaska Governor in 1984, brokered the deal to purchase Alaska Railroad from the federal government, died Nov. 4 in Anchorage. He was 94.

ARRC Seward Improvements Under Way

The Alaska Railroad’s (ARRC) plans to upgrade its cruise passenger dock and terminal facility in Seward reached an important milestone when Governor Mike Dunleavy signed House Bill 127 into law on July 3, granting bond authority.

ARRC Promotes Mesloh to CMO

The Alaska Railroad (ARRC) is promoting Sean Mesloh to Chief Mechanical Officer, effective March 1. The current CMO is 36-year railroad veteran Don Freestone, who retires February 28.

ARRC Issues RFQ to Replace Seward Terminal

In taking the next step “in pursuing a public-private partnership to develop the rail-marine terminal in Seward into the southcentral tourism industry’s lynchpin infrastructure,” the Alaska Railroad (ARRC) recently began advertising a Request for Qualification (RFQ).

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ARRC elevates Hopp to COO

The Alaska Railroad (ARRC) has named Vice President of Engineering Clark Hopp as Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective Jan. 1, 2018, when current COO Doug Engebretson retires.