Cowen 3Q21 Shipper Surveys Say …

An “incremental positive for orders” and “sequentially flat” rate increases characterized Cowen and Company’s third-quarter 2021 Rail Equipment and Rail Shipper Surveys, respectively, report analysts Jason Seidl (Railway Age’s Wall Street Contributing Editor), Matt Elkott and Elliot Alper.

Chicago Cooperation=More Midwest Trains?

In an unusual twist of circumstances, there are three events ongoing at this writing that have a lot to say about Amtrak corridors and trains in the Midwest. All were scheduled to take place within a three-day span.

On Jan. 1, 2022, Peter J. Andrews will become MARTA’s Chief Legal Counsel, succeeding Elizabeth M. O’Neill, who is retiring after 22 years of service.

People News: MARTA, SEPTA, STV, TexAmericas Center, WSP USA

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), STV, TexAmericas Center, and WSP USA have announced executive appointments.

The proposed elevated fixed-guideway APM (automated people mover) system would link LaGuardia Airport in New York with the MTA New York City Transit 7 Line subway and the MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Port Washington Branch at Mets-Willets Point in Queens.

Hochul Walks LaGuardia AirTrain Tightrope (UPDATED)

After only six weeks in office, New York state’s new chief executive, Gov. Kathy Hochul, is experiencing a test of her skills to walk the political tightrope; an essential task for any politician, especially in this part of the country.

On Oct. 13, Wabtec employees Eric Gebhardt (left), Dr. Sujatha Narayan and Gopal Madabhushi inaugurated the company’s new engineering lab in Bengaluru, India.

Wabtec Launches Engineering Lab in India

Wabtec Corp. on Oct. 13 opened a new engineering lab in Bengaluru, India, for rail equipment component design and performance testing.

Customers at CSX (71) and CP (51) earned chemical safety awards for shipments in 2020.

CSX, CP Recognize Chemical Shippers for Safety

CSX and Canadian Pacific (CP) are honoring customers for their commitment to the safe transportation of hazardous materials (hazmat).

AAR: North American Rail Volume Up 7.6% Through 40 Weeks

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) now has 40 weeks of traffic data for 2021. Total traffic (carload and intermodal) rose 7.6% in North America—climbing 8.7% in the U.S., 4.7% in Canada, and 4.1% in Mexico from the same point last year.

SLSI now offers the Safety Communication Poster Program (pictured), “Lost in Translation: Safety Communication in the Rail Industry” paper, and HazMat Minute and Safety Minute video series.

SLSI Issues New Safety Culture Training Resources

The Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI) has released three new online resources to help short line railroads improve their safety culture.

“The recent railcar acquisition advances Greenbrier’s strategy to increase the scale of our lease fleet assets,” Greenbrier CEO and Chairman William A. Furman said.

Greenbrier Acquires 3,600 Railcars

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc., has acquired more than 3,600 railcars, a portion of which will be held by subsidiary GBX Leasing (GBXL), the company reported on Oct. 13.

Sameh Fahmy, KCS EVP Precision Scheduled Railroading, will leave the Class I railroad at the end of 2021.

KCS’ Sameh Fahmy to Step Down

Kansas City Southern (KCS) on Oct. 13 reported that Sameh Fahmy, Executive Vice President Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR), will leave the company by year-end.