Railway Age News

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has contracted with Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC, to help Metro select the best delivery methods possible for advancing major transportation projects in L.A County. LACMTA and Ernst & Young will use the public-private partnership (P3) model that's become increasingly popular (P4).  

Responding to the Washington Council of Fire Fighters and other first responders, Washington State adopted a new rule, Chapter 173-185 WAC, Oil Movement by Rail and Pipeline Notification, “to enhance oil spill preparedness and response.”

The Surface Transportation Board released August 31 an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR), which considers a new, streamlined procedure to resolve small rate disputes between shippers of all commodities and Class I railroads.

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported total U.S. weekly rail traffic for the week ending August 27, 2016 was 539,657 carloads and intermodal units, down 6.2% compared with the same week last year.

Direct ChassisLink, Inc. (DCLI) announced that Ryan Houfek has joined the firm as Senior Vice President, Business Development.

GE Transportation has acquired ShipXpress, a provider of “cloud-based software solutions that enable transportation, industrial, and commodities businesses to efficiently operate with supply chain partners.”

The Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI) announced Aug. 29, 2016 the completion of the Pilot Phase of its work to assess and address safety culture gaps in the short line and regional rail industry.

Siemens hosted San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) for a behind-the-scenes look at the first of 215 California-built light rail vehicles currently under production at the Siemens rail manufacturing hub in Sacramento, Calif. The first SFMTA advanced technology S200 high-floor LRV is expected to arrive in San Francisco in December and will enter into final testing and commissioning prior to revenue service, scheduled for 2018.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) opened a nearly 1-mile second phase of its Dallas line Streetcar on August 29, reaching Bishop Arts District via Zang Boulevard at 6th Street and a stop between Davis and 7th streets (Bishop Arts).

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