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Lake State Railway hosts Rep. Kildee, advocates for 45G

Late last month, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) met with Lake State Railway officials to tour the short line's headquarters in Saginaw, Michigan, and discuss federal rail policy.

The tour was led by Lake State President and Chief Executive Officer John Rickoff and Vice President of Marketing and Sales Shasta Duffey. The group toured Lake State facilities and locomotives before discussing federal legislation and policy related to rail.

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Rail supplier news from Duos Technologies, Alstom, Thales and TE Connectivity (July 19)

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image Duos Technologies Inc. has received a purchase order from Chicago commuter railroad Metra to provide an automated pantograph inspection system. The system captures high-resolution digital video of pantographs located on top of passenger rail cars. The imagery collected allows the pantographs, which relay current from overhead electrical wires to power the train, to be inspected for visual damage in the form of cracks, chips and bends, according to a company press release. Alstom released its first quarter orders and sales results for April 1-June 30. Alstom booked about $1.8 billion in orders, about $1.1 billion less than orders logged during the same period a year ago. Sales rose 2 percent to $2.4 billion compared versus the year-ago quarter, according to an Alstom press release. Meanwhile, Alstom has signed a nearly $56 million contract with Nanjing Metro to provide traction systems, train control and monitoring systems for 318 metro cars that will run on the Nanjing Line 7, the first ‘driverless’ line in Nanjing, China. Alstom also will conduct technical review for the system. In other news, Alstom's Atlas ERTMS Level 2 train control system has entered commercial service on Spain's Valladolid-Leon high-speed line. Thales has installed signaling and traffic management systems, security solutions and fixed telecommunications work on the 76-mile high-speed rail line between Antequera and Granada, Spain. Thales will maintain the system for 20 years, according to a press release. TE Connectivity has introduced a surge arrester for the rail sector. The RSTI 68 can be mounted directly on the transformer rather than on a train rooftop, TE Connectivity officials said in a press release.

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Ohio panel OKs grade-crossing upgrades for Class I, regional railroads

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) earlier this week approved construction authorization from the the Ohio Rail Development Commission directing Norfolk Southern Railway, Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway Co. and CSX to upgrade six rail crossings.

By July 17, 2020, NS will install lights and gates and expand the crossing surface at the Jefferson Street/State Route 103 grade crossing in the village of Bluffton, Ohio. NS also will install flashing lights, bells, sidelights and curbing at the Penn Street/Township Road 1383 crossing in Wells Township, PUCO officials said in a press release.

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AASHTO names Hendrickson deputy director

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation (AASHTO) officials announced yesterday that Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Deputy Administrator Brandye Hendrickson is joining the organization as its new deputy director.

Hendrickson, who was appointed to FHWA's deputy administrator position in July 2017, also served as its acting administrator in 2017 and 2018.

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Sound Transit marks 10 years of light-rail service

Sound Transit yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of Link light-rail service that connects Seattle to SeaTac, Washington. 

Over the past decade, the Link has logged more than 134 million total boardings, Sound Transit officials said in a press release. 

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