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DART orders FLIRT trains from Stadler

Rail News Home Mechanical 6/4/2019 Rail News: Mechanical
image The FLIRT train from Stadler US Inc. seats 230 passengers. Dallas Area Rapid Transit selected Stadler to assemble and build eight of these trains.Photo – DART

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit's (DART) board last week entered a contract with Stadler US Inc. to assemble and build eight FLIRT trains, as well as design an equipment maintenance facility for the Cotton Belt regional rail project.

The Cotton Beltproject includes construction of a 26-mile alignment planned for DART's northern  service area. The line will serve Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson and Plano, Texas, and is scheduled to go into service in 2022, according to a DART press release.

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Canadian Pacific continues moving record amounts of grain

Canadian Pacific continues to set records for transporting Canadian grain and grain products, marking 22.5 million metric tonnes (MMT) moved from the start of the 2018-19 crop year through May 31, the Class I announced today.

Since August 2018, CP moved about 500,000 metric tonnes more grain than ever before, breaking a record set at this time in the 2015-16 crop year, said Joan Hardy, CP's vice president sales and marketing, grain and fertilizers.

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Canadian Pacific continues moving record amounts of grain

Canadian Pacific continues to set records for transporting Canadian grain and grain products, marking 22.5 million metric tonnes (MMT) moved from the start of the 2018-19 crop year through May 31, the Class I announced today.

Since August 2018, CP moved about 500,000 metric tonnes more grain than ever before, breaking a record set at this time in the 2015-16 crop year, said Joan Hardy, CP's vice president sales and marketing, grain and fertilizers.

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NS readies operating plan for precision scheduled railroading

Norfolk Southern Corp. is preparing to roll out the Class I’s new precision scheduled railroad operating plan known as TOP21.

The initiative is a key component of NS's new three-year strategic plan to "Reimagine Possible" in all aspects of its business operations. In April, the company announced that the first phase of TOP21 will focus on the general merchandise market.

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NS readies operating plan for precision scheduled railroading

Norfolk Southern Corp. is preparing to roll out the Class I’s new precision scheduled railroad operating plan known as TOP21.

The initiative is a key component of NS's new three-year strategic plan to "Reimagine Possible" in all aspects of its business operations. In April, the company announced that the first phase of TOP21 will focus on the general merchandise market.

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DART, Uber partner on last-mile service

Rail News Home Passenger Rail 6/3/2019 Rail News: Passenger Rail
image Light-rail riders in designated service areas in and around DART stations can book an UberPool in addition to DART’s GoLink shuttle bus service.Photo – DART Facebook

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) partnered with Uber to provide shared on-demand rides to and from light-rail stations in Rowlett, Texas.

Beginning today, light-rail riders in designated service areas in and around DART stations can book an UberPool in addition to DART’s GoLink shuttle bus service. 

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Metra opens new station shelter on Milwaukee District North Line

Rail News Home Passenger Rail 6/3/2019 Rail News: Passenger Rail
image Metra last week opened a new warming house at the Prairie Crossing Station on the Milwaukee District North Line in Libertyville, Illinois.  The $1.2 million construction project included the replacement of a temporary passenger waiting area with a permanent warming house.  The new 480-square-foot structure is enclosed and is equipped with a heating system. The station area also has new sidewalk connections from the warming house to the train platform and parking area. “The new shelter makes the station more attractive, but more importantly provides a safe and more comfortable waiting area that better serves existing riders and can attract new ones,” said Metra Chief Executive Officer Jim Derwinski in a press release. Federal dollars funded the project. Legat Architects Inc. acted as project consultant and Accel Construction Services Group was the contractor.

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Amtrak, freight railroads continue service suspensions due to flooding

Severe weather, heavy rain and historic flooding conditions continue to affect freight and passenger railroads' operations in parts of the U.S. South, Central Plains and Midwest regions.

Amtrak announced late last week that it has cancelled its Texas Eagle trains between St. Louis and Fort Worth, Texas, through June 7 due to flooding conditions on Union Pacific Railroad's network.

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Corpus Christi port begins channel improvement project to serve energy market

Port of Corpus Christi officials last week kicked off the Texas port's historic ship channel improvement project.

Designed to set up the port to become the net exporter of the nation's energy production, the project will deepen the channel from 47 to 54 feet and widen it from 400 to 530 feet.

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MTA launches contactless fare payment pilot

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) last week launched a test of a new contactless fare payment system.

Known as OMNY, the fare payment system will allow MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) subway and bus riders to enter the system by tapping contactless credit, debit and reloadable prepaid cards, mobile phones and smart watches against a OMNY reader. By early 2021, the technology is expected to be enabled at Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad stations.

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Washington State DOT picks Omaha Track to operate short-line branch, announces $5.7 BUILD grant

Rail News Home Short Lines & Regionals 6/3/2019 Rail News: Short Lines & Regionals
image WSDOT selected Omaha Track through a competitive evaluation process following a request for proposals to operate the railroad's P&L branch.Photo – WSDOT

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has selected Omaha Track Inc. to operate part of the state-owned Palouse River and Coulee City (PCC) rail system.

WSDOT selected Omaha Track through a competitive evaluation process following a request for proposals to operate the railroad's P&L branch. After an agreement is signed this summer, the Omaha-based contractor will operate the branch line that runs between the Idaho state line near Pullman and Marshall, just south of Spokane, WSDOT officials said in a press release.

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CDOT issues RFP for Front Range passenger-rail study

Rail News Home Passenger Rail 6/3/2019 Rail News: Passenger Rail
image The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission last week issued a request for proposals to study the feasibility of a passenger-rail system and other multimodal options linking Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins to Denver.  The study would explore how a passenger-rail system for the 173-mile corridor, which contains 85 percent of Colorado's population, could support the state's future growth and economy, as well as identify other multimodal options, according to a CDOT press release.  The region is forecasted to grow from 4.9 million people in 2020 to 6.6 million people in 2045, a 35 percent increase in total population, CDOT officials said. The commission was formed in 2017 and tasked with facilitating the implementation and operation of future passenger-rail service along the Front Range corridor. 

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Pat Ottensmeyer to receive 2019 Railroad Innovator Award from Progressive Railroading, RailTrends

By Pat Foran, Editor

Progressive Railroading and RailTrends® have named Kansas City Southern President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Ottensmeyer the 2019 recipient of the Railroad Innovator Award, which recognizes an individual's outstanding achievement in the rail industry.

 
KCS’s president since 2015 and CEO since 2016, Ottensmeyer has helmed the railroad during a pivotal stretch in its history.

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Rail supplier news Alstom, WPA, BGL, A. Stucki and J.B. Hunt (May 31)

Alstom was awarded a 15-year maintenance contract for Sydney Metro’s North West Metro. The company will maintain the trains, signaling, depot operations and equipment, as well as apply Alstom’s HealthHub predictive maintenance tools, according to an Alstom press release. Under a contract awarded by Northwest Rapid Transit in 2014, Alstom has been responsible for the project management, design, supply, manufacturing, testing and commissioning of the metro’s Metropolis trains and Urbalis 400 communications-based train control signaling systems.

WPA USA completed engineering work on Denver Regional Transportation District’s newly opened southeast light-rail extension project. As a subcontractor, WPA provided civil engineering and rail system engineering design and support for the 2.3-mile extension from Lincoln Station to RidgeGate Parkway in Lone Tree, Colorado, according to a WPA press release.

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LA Metro installs interactive information screens on Blue Line

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) earlier this week announced it installed a new digital communications and advertising network on the Blue Line's southern portion. 

The communication network includes interactive touch screens, which allow riders to view train and bus arrival times, service alerts and system maps. 

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UP's 2018 'Building America' report addresses cybersecurity

Union Pacific Railroad's latest annual report on sustainability includes for the first time cybersecurity efforts taken to protect the Class I's infrastructure and assets.

UP yesterday released its 2018 "Building America Report," the company's 10th annual sustainability report detailing progress toward its social, economic and environmental initiatives. The report highlights corporate strategy changes and impact on UP's customers, investors, employees and communities.

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UP's 2018 'Building America' report addresses cybersecurity

Union Pacific Railroad's latest annual report on sustainability includes for the first time cybersecurity efforts taken to protect the Class I's infrastructure and assets.

UP yesterday released its 2018 "Building America Report," the company's 10th annual sustainability report detailing progress toward its social, economic and environmental initiatives. The report highlights corporate strategy changes and impact on UP's customers, investors, employees and communities.

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Valley Metro names Hillyard chief administrative officer

Rail News Home Railroading People 5/31/2019 Rail News: Railroading People
image Valley Metro Chief Administrative Officer Jim HillyardPhoto – Valley Metro

Valley Metro hired Jim Hillyard to lead and coordinate administration and operations functions as chief administrative officer.

Hillyard has more than 20 years of public sector executive experience leading the financial, information technology, business and operations departments of organizations of up to 10,000 employees, according to a Valley Metro press release.

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Louisiana commits funds to improve rail access at Port of Greater Baton Rouge

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards yesterday announced the commitment of state capital outlay funds to complete a $20 million rail project at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge.

The state funding commitment will be used to complete a second critical project bringing four rail tracks deeper into port property to serve the Louis Dreyfus Co. (LDC) Port Allen Elevator facility, one of the largest grain elevators on the Mississippi River, according to a press release issued by Edwards' office.

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CP to serve as Yang Ming's Canadian rail carrier

Rail News Home Canadian Pacific 5/31/2019 Rail News: Canadian Pacific
image Canadian Pacific and Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. have signed a three-year agreement calling for the Class I to serve as the company's rail carrier out of the Port of Vancouver."This agreement is a testament to our service, to our network capacity and room to grow at our inland terminals and to the tireless work we put in to understand our customers and create win-win solutions for the supply chain and the broader economy," CP President and Chief Operating Officer Keith Creel said yesterday in a press release.Effective Jan. 1, 2020, CP will handle all of Yang Ming's Vancouver traffic, which will be moved out of the Global Container Terminal's Deltaport.The agreement positions Yang Ming to connect with key North American customers due to CP's growing network of transload facilities, its live-lift operation at Portal, North Dakota, and its fast transit times between Vancouver and the Twin Cities, Chicago and beyond, CP officials said.

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