Wabtec lands Brazilian contract

Brazilian logistics company and freight rail operator RUMO has awarded a contract worth about $5 million to Wabtec Corp. to design, install, test and commission its Train Management & Dispatching System (TMDS) for wayside signaling interlocking control, training and systems integration at the Port of Santos, São Paulo.

Culture wars, Part 3

The National Transportation Safety Board, in its investgation into the April 3, 2016 fatal train accident involving Amtrak train 89 and maintenance-of-way equipment at Chester, Pa., made some damning determinations. I do mean damning, as in “leave your pass with the secretary, clean out your desk, and get off the property” damning.

NTSB reauthorization bill aims to increase transparency

A bill reauthorizing the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) was introduced last week in the Senate and aims to enhance the board’s safety investigations through added transparency.

Second freight rail labor pact reached

Major U.S. freight railroads have reached a tentative contract agreement with the second of three coalitions representing unionized employees.

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ARTC selects GE’s Movement Planner

ARTC (Australian Rail Track Corp., Australia’s largest rail freight network operator), has selected GE Transportation’s Movement Planner technology enabler for its Hunter Valley traffic control center in Newcastle, New South Wales.

AAR, GoRail honor Rep. Shuster

The Association of American Railroads and GoRail have honored House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) with the Railroad Achievement Award.

Groundbreaking held for Gold Line extension

The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority held a groundbreaking ceremony Dec. 2 for its $1.5-billion Foothill Gold Line light-rail extension from Glendora to Montclair at Citrus College in Glendora, Calif.

Women in Rail 2017 – Jennifer Ryan, North County Transit District

Jennifer Ryan has been a strong voice for technical consistency but also a voice for better passenger access and services. As a former Facilities Engineer in High Tech, she has also been a strong advocate for ‘designing for maintainability’. Her commitment towards bringing others along is shown in her involvement in various STEM programs to support greater diversity in Engineering and Transportation.

Women in Rail 2017 – Corina Moore, Ontario Northland Railway

A native of the region served by Ontario Northland Railway, Moore joined the company in 2005 and worked her way up to Chief Operations Officer, when she helped lead an initiative to transform the company, which was threatened with defunding by the provincial government.

Women in Rail 2017 – Sharon Greene, HDR

Sharon Greene of HDR has been at the forefront of innovation in rail transportation finance and infrastructure development for more than 40 years. Specializing in transportation economics, infrastructure finance and transportation planning, she has developed innovative financial strategies for rail and transit organizations and managed programs for transit, intercity and commuter rail, as well as freight and goods movement.