The last of three Michigan track improvement phases for the 2013 construction season begins between Jackson and Kalamazoo on October 14. While the project will cause some delays and modified schedules, the result will be upgraded tracks and more reliable service as part of the Accelerated Rail Program being carried out by Amtrak for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Transit (NYCT) has appointed Joseph Leader to senior vice president, Department of Subways, who has served as acting senior vice president since May, 2013.
T.Y. Lin International (TYLI) promoted Vincent Montgomery, PE, and Paula Pienton, SE, PE, to vice president. Since joining TYLI in February 2013, Montgomery has held the position of national director of freight rail. Pienton came to TYLI in 2012 as regional market sector lead for transit and rail for TYLI's Central Region.
BNSF plans to invest an estimated $100 million on maintenance and rail capacity expansion projects in California this year.
Stella-Jones Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the operating assets of Arizona Pacific Wood Preserving, Inc., Nevada Wood Preserving, Inc., and Pacific Wood Preserving of Oregon, Inc.
The North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) Board of Directors has elected Duane Long as board chairman and Franklin Rouse, Jr., as vice chairman.
Long will succeed John Atkins, III, who served as chairman since 2009. Atkins will continue to serve as a member of the board.
Long, who has served on the NCRR Board since 2011, is chairman of Longistics, a full-service provider of global logistics solutions, headquartered in Raleigh. He and his wife started the company in 1984, providing trucking, warehousing and foreign trade zone management operations.
Rouse has served on the NCRR Board since 2011. He is president of Rouse Insurance Agency, Inc., of Leland and is active in a variety of Brunswick County business organizations.
The North Carolina Railroad Company owns and manages the 317-mile rail corridor extending from Morehead City to Charlotte. The railroad carries 60-plus freight trains and 10 passenger trains daily.
Dakota Plains Holdings, Inc., provided an operations update on the Pioneer Terminal Expansion project that commenced in March 2013.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Metro-North Railroad resumed full train service on the New Haven Line October 7.
Watco Transportation Services has appointed Jeffrey Buck to general manager for the Mississippi Southern and Vicksburg Southern railroads. Buck will be responsible for the daily operations of both railroads; specifically focusing on improving safety, productivity, efficiency and developing team members.
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (SCVTA) Board of Directors has appointed Nuria Fernandez to general manager, effective early December 2013.