TTC ticked by Flexity issues

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has been experiencing significant in-service reliability issues with its fleet of new Bombardier-built Flexity Outlook LRVs.

The Union Station octogenarian celebration

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has invited the public to come celebrate on May 3 and 4 as Union Station turns 80 years old.

WSP to become carbon neutral

Engineering and professional services firm WSP USA recently announced its plan to become carbon neutral throughout its U.S. operations—which includes all offices and employee business travel—in 2019.

AAR: Rail freight traffic “significantly improved”

U.S. rail freight traffic appears to be on an upswing, based on figures released by the Association of American Railroads for the week ended April 27. The month of April 2019, though down compared to the prior-year period, was much improved over March 2019. Year to date, traffic is down compared to the prior-year four-month period, but the gap appears to be narrowing.

KCS redefines two service metrics

In an effort to provide a more complete view of customer service and operational performance on its network, Kansas City Southern (KCS) has revised the definitions of two key service metrics—Operational Cars Online and Gross Velocity—that it uses to measure operating performance.

From Penn State Altoona, a new generation of railroaders

In its eighth year, Penn State Altoona’s bachelor of science degree program in Rail Transportation Engineering (RTE) remains the only one of its kind in the country. Having met the standards set by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in goals, objectives and educational outcomes, students graduating from this program are prepared and eligible to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, the first step toward becoming a licensed professional engineer.

Wi-Tronix Violet installations, orders top 2,000

Wi-Tronix, LLC has reached a milestone of more than 2,000 of its Violet Edge locomotive event recorders ordered or installed industry-wide.

Edmonton Valley Line LRT 50% done

Construction on Edmonton, Alberta’s eight-mile Valley Line LRT line is moving along and is near the halfway point. Upon completion, it will give the Alberta capital 23 miles of LRT. The new line features 11 stations.

G&W absorbs 1Q2019 losses

Genesee & Wyoming (G&W) recently reported its 2019 first-quarter results, which show year-over-year declines in operating revenues, operating income and diluted EPS.

CN: “Very solid results” for 1Q2019

In reporting its financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019, CN said it had “very solid results,” including record first-quarter carload volumes, the addition of C$350 million of top-line growth and improved year-over-year car velocity.