Union Pacific plans to invest $58 million in 2016 to improve its infrastructure in Louisiana. The multi-million dollar investment will enhance employee, community and customer safety and increase rail operating efficiency.
CSX made a number of senior management changes, following the retirement of Lisa Mancini, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, effective July 1, following nearly 13 years of service.
Mancini joined CSX in 2003 and is a member of the chairman's executive management team, with responsibility for people functions, procurement and real estate.
"We thank Lisa for her many contributions to CSX's people and success. We wish her the very best in her retirement," said Michael Ward, chairman and chief executive officer.
The company is realigning the senior team to advance its vision for the workforce,
service, productivity and technology of the future. Cressie Brown, currently vice president-labor relations, will become senior vice president and chief administrative officer and Kathleen Brandt, currently head of the company's information technology subsidiary, will become senior vice president and chief information officer. Both moves will be effective July 1 and both leaders will join the executive management team, reporting directly to Ward.
Brandt joined CSX in 1985 and rose through the information technology organization, becoming its leader. She has succeeded in key roles in organizational strategy and capital planning and has ideal skills to lead CSX teams in accelerating deployment of automation, analytics and systems to contribute to next-generation safety, service and efficiency.
Brown, who joined CSX in 1988, held leadership roles in critical operational and support functions including technology, finance, service design and customer service before her most recent appointment as vice president-labor relations. With these roles, Brown has gained deep and broad organizational expertise. She understands the vital role of CSX's people in shaping the company's future and is committed to their continued development and success.
Additionally, Zachery Jones has been appointed vice president-labor relations to succeed Brown. Jones, who previously was with the National Mediation Board in Washington, D.C., joined CSX in 2010 and is currently assistant vice president-employee services. In that role, he has been closely involved in positively addressing workforce issues and improving employee engagement.
"These promotions underscore the importance of continuing to develop our highly skilled and committed employees, while accelerating CSX's next-generation technologies and performance in safety, service and efficiency," Ward said.
TriMet has completed the 1st Avenue MAX Improvements Project, which rejuvenated a section of the original MAX alignment.
The Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority (WMATA) released the final SafeTrack plan – a maintenance effort that will accelerate three years worth of work into approximately one year.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has received 212 applications totaling nearly $9.8 billion for grants through the newly created Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) grant program.
Union Pacific plans to invest $70.9 million in 2016 to improve its transportation infrastructure in Colorado, which is expected to enhance employee, community and customer safety and increase rail operating efficiency.
Chicago's Metra is resuming work on engineering and environmental studies to extend the BNSF Line past Aurora in Kendall County, after local officials said they strongly supported the planning work despite the challenges of securing funding to build and operate the extension.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a Safety Advisory to request information from State Safety Oversight Agencies (SSOAs) regarding the condition and safety performance of third-rail traction power electrification (TPE) systems at the Rail Fixed Guideway Public Transportation Systems (RFGPTS) in their jurisdictions.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved a $23-million plan that will essentially split a 119-mile travel corridor into a scenic railway south of Tupper Lake and a multi-use trail north of Tupper Lake.
Protran Technology, a division of Harsco Rail, has hired Clay Bunting as deputy director, where he will further develop its growing range of safety technology for track workers and track inspection technology.