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Rail technology: CN ups the automation ante

CN deployed its first new-generation ATIP car in the third quarter on lines south of Chicago.Photo – CN

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Sound Transit drafts plan for connecting bus service to future light-rail station

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image Sound Transit crews installed track at Northgate Station.Photo – Sound Transit

Sound Transit earlier this week announced it has drafted a plan to connect bus service to the Link light-rail Red Line at the Northgate Station when it opens in 2021.

Drafted in collaboration with Community Transit and Smohomish County officials, the plan proposes a restructuring of current bus service to serve the Northgate station, providing connections to the University of Washington and downtown Seattle.

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DART approves $9.6 million in Dallas street repairs

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image The Dallas Area Rapid Transit's (DART) board has approved $9.6 million in street repairs in Dallas, including those near light-rail service.The repairs will be part of 13 projects that include the design and construction of quiet zones around DART light-rail lines, sidewalk zones on DART bus routes and traffic signal priorities, as well as improvements to bus stops, pedestrian crossings and bus lanes.Dallas city officials will take the lead in procuring, constructing, supervising, inspecting and making any future changes to the repair plans, DART officials said yesterday in a press release.The repairs are part of an agency-approved street repair policy that permits DART to cooperate with service area cities to accomplish needed street repairs.

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RailUSA sets out to start up, turn around short lines, regionals

A locomotive moves along the Florida rail line that RailUSA took over from CSX on June 1.Photo – RailUSA LLC

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MTA taps McCord as chief transformation officer

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image The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) yesterday announced Anthony McCord will be chief transformation officer to lead the New York City agency’s first reorganization in 50 years.McCord has over 25 years of experience in industrial services and infrastructure roles focusing on transformation and change management, MTA officials said in a press release.Most recently, McCord worked at Veolia as site director at the University of Montreal Health Center. Previously, he was chief executive officer of the international division in the Middle East and in Canada at Bouygues Energies & Services, and held several leadership positions at Air Liquide Group and Cryolor SA. At MTA, McCord will be tasked with leading the systemwide reorganization that was mandated by New York State legislation to enact reforms to end waste, fraud and abuse.“I’m thrilled to join the MTA at this historic moment, and to lead the authority through a complete transformation that will reimagine the largest transportation system in North America for the future,” McCord said. “I look forward to getting to work so that we can focus on delivering improved service for our 2.5 billion annual riders through the transformative work ahead of us in the upcoming Capital Plan.”McCord’s selection is subject to MTA board ratification later this month, and he is expected to start his position in mid-December. He will report to the board.

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