TPSC founder Winzen dies

Walter J. Winzen, founder and chief executive of Transportation Products Sales Company (TPSC) died at home Jan. 19 of heart failure.

Railroads and government shutdowns

Whether a federal government shutdown lasts one day or for weeks or months, safety-critical functions affecting railroads are undisturbed.

Warner heading WSP NWP district

David Warner has been named Northwest Pacific district manager, Seattle office area manager and vice president of WSP USA, formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.

For Cali HSR: New CEO, $2.8B in cost overruns

The California High-Speed Rail Authority on Jan. 17 named Brian P. Kelly as its new chief executive officer, the same day it received a new report that found delays and higher-than-expected costs would inflate the price of the project by $2.8 billion.

Task force to evaluate Alaska commuter rail

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed an order establishing the governor’s Commuter Rail Advisory Task Force, to evaluate the possibility of commuter rail service connecting Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, Alaska.

NCDOT wraps largest rail infrastructure improvement program

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is celebrating the completion of the state’s largest program of passenger and freight rail infrastructure improvements.

Parsons’ House to CTF Board

Sunnie House, Vice President and Western Regional Manager for North America Rail for Parsons, has been appointed Chair of the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) Board of Directors.

New rotary latch solution from Southco

Southco, Inc., a producer of engineered access products, has recently expanded its line of rotary latching solutions with the launch of the R4-81 Rotary Latch with Paddle Actuator. The newest addition to the R4 Rotary Latch series combines a compact rotary latch with a heavy-duty paddle actuator, enabling direct actuation without the need for a connected cable.

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Crew Resource Management: Cure for Amtrak’s safety woes?

Amtrak has a new Executive Vice President and Chief Safety Officer, and he is a former chief safety officer at both Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines. The Jan. 9 appointment of Ken Hylander clearly signals that Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson—also a Northwest and Delta alumnus—has decided the passenger railroad’s safety programs need a wholesale overhaul.

Itzkoff to Wabtec for Gov’t. Affairs

Wabtec Corp. has appointed Donald M. Itzkoff as Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs.

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