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Katie Farmer, President and CEO, BNSF Railway
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Farmer Tops Lineup for Inaugural ‘Rail Insights: Women in Rail’ Event

Topping the list of reasons to attend Railway Age’s inaugural Rail Insights: Women in Rail Conference are headliners Katie Farmer, President and CEO of BNSF; Corina Moore, President and CEO of Ontario Northland; and Jean Savage, CEO and President of Trinity Industries, Inc. Need more reasons to participate in this virtual event, to be held Nov. 10? Here are five.

(Photograph by William C. Vantuono)

ARCI: Railcar Backlog Rising

Newly released data from the Railway Supply Institute (RSI) American Railway Car Institute (ARCI) Committee shows second-quarter 2022 orders are down 13% and deliveries are up 20% sequentially. Total backlog was up 3%, to 47,461, from first-quarter 2022, and up 27% from the same period last year.

Sheena Prevette is Director of Regulatory and Industry Affairs for the Railway Supply Institute. She continues to serve as Union Tank Car Company’s Director of Scheduling Optimization. (Photograph Courtesy of Union Tank Car Company)
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People News: RSI, Transdev

The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) has appointed Sheena Prevette Director of Regulatory and Industry Affairs. Also, Tim Hort is the new Director of Labor Relations for Transdev, a rail and streetcar, bus, paratransit, and microtransit operator.

U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.; pictured, left) has reintroduced the Freight RAILCAR Act, which has 30 co-sponsors, 28 of whom are original, including Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.; pictured, right).

RSI to Congress (Again): ‘Swiftly Pass’ Freight RAILCAR Act (UPDATED)

U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) has reintroduced bipartisan legislation enabling a tax credit for freight railcar owners purchasing new or refurbishing existing equipment. The Freight RAILCAR Act will “help improve the safety and efficiency of the North American railcar fleet while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting thousands of manufacturing jobs up and down the supply chain across the United States,” according to the Railway Supply Institute (RSI), which is urging Congress to pass it.

Lee Verhey (left), incoming Executive Director, Railway Supply Institute (RSI) Committee on Tank Cars (CTC); John Bryne, outgoing Vice Chair, RSI CTC.

Verhey to Succeed Byrne at RSI CTC

Lee Verhey will take on the Executive Director role for the Railway Supply Institute (RSI) Committee on Tank Cars (CTC), starting May 23. He succeeds RSI CTC Vice Chair John Byrne, who announced earlier this year that he would retire.

ARCI: Railcar Backlog Rises

Newly released data from the Railway Supply Insitute American Railway Car Institute Committee (ARCI) shows orders and deliveries remaining steady in Q122. The total backlog grew by approximately 7.4%, to 46,208, compared to

Greenbrier’s new orders comprise a “broad range of railcar types including gondolas, tanks, covered hoppers and automobile-carrying units, indicative of broader industry trends that reveal a resurgent North American freight railcar market,” the manufacturer said on Feb. 2.

For Greenbrier, Another 2,900 Railcars

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc., received orders for 2,900 new railcars, valued at $345 million, in December and January, the first two months of its second fiscal quarter that began Dec. 1, 2021; this follows first fiscal quarter orders for 6,300 cars.

DOT-113C120W9 LNG tank car. Chart Industries photo

LNG by Rail: Temporary Reg Rollback Under Review

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) proposed temporary suspension of its regulations authorizing the transportation of liquefied natural gas by rail have prompted not only the Railway Supply Institute to weigh in, but also the Republican members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and a coalition of attorneys general from 14 states and Washington, D.C.; all submitted comments on the agency’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released late last year.

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Long Appointed RSI Head

The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) has appointed Patricia Long as its new President. She assumes her role effective Nov. 29. Long and her family reside in the greater Washington D.C. area; she will operate out of RSI headquarters there.