New from Bentley for transit: OpenBuildings Station Designer

Bentley Systems Inc. has released OpenBuildings Station Designer, described as “a new multidisciplinary application for the design, analysis, visualization, and simulation of new or operating rail, metro or other transit stations. Advancing beyond generic BIM (Building Information Modeling) applications, OpenBuildings Station Designer was developed specifically for rail and transit station modeling, with asset-specific content and workflows. It streamlines and automates design collaboration design between architectural, mechanical, electrical and structural disciplines sharing modeling, clash resolution and documentation capabilities.”

Sorel to serve as WSP USA area manager

WSP USA recently announced that Thomas Sorel has been named area manager for the Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota region of the engineering and professional services consultancy.

New from Bentley: OpenSite Designer

Bentley Systems Inc. has released OpenSite Designer, described as “an integrated application for civil site and land development workflows across conceptual, preliminary, and detailed design phases. OpenSite Designer advances BIM (Building Information Modeling) through comprehensive 3D site design, spanning reality modeling of site conditions from drone imagery and scans, geotechnical analysis, terrain modeling, site layout and grading optimization, stormwater drainage modeling and analysis, underground utilities modeling, detailed drawing production and enlivened visualizations.”

45G tax credit gaining support

The bills to make the short line railroad 45G tax credit permanent, HR 510 and S 203, have recently gained momentum.

Webinar: Going Digital in Rail—Improving Decisions From Planning to Performance

Rail and transit continues to be the fastest growing transportation sector, producing new opportunities and challenges for those responsible for existing and proposed networks. Against the backdrop of limited resources, tighter budgets and shorter deadlines, the relevance and need for trusted data, including that collected from IoT connected devices like drones and sensors is greater now than ever before.

CSX names Bezar Chief Strategy Officer

CSX has appointed Farrukh A. Bezar as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. He will lead the development of strategic initiatives that support CSX’s “intensified focus on growth and adding value for its customers and shareholders,” the company said. Bezar’s appointment is effective May 29. He will report to CSX President and CEO Jim Foote.

Metro-North touts its performance, Way Ahead plan

MTA Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi announced that Metro-North’s Way Ahead plan has been a boon with regards to safety, service, infrastructure and customer communication, and has even helped the company’s on-time performance exceed expectations.

Virgin Trains USA announces contractors for expansion

Virgin Trains USA (formerly Brightline) recently announced that the Hubbard Construction Company, Wharton-Smith Inc., The Middlesex Corporation, Granite and HSR Constructors will be the rail construction contractors for Phase 2 of its expansion between Orlando and South Florida.

TRMS announces expansion plans

Trinity Industries, Inc. recently announced that its subsidiary, TrinityRail Maintenance Services, Inc. (TRMS), has agreed to purchase land for the construction of a new maintenance facility in Shell Rock, Iowa.

CAGTC turns 18; adds to Board

The Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) recently elected two and re-elected four members to its Board of Directors, as the freight advocacy organization celebrated its 18th anniversary.