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A pilot version of the highly anticipated CTA Train Tracker will be launched in early January via a dedicated website. Customers using desktop computers or mobile web-enabled devices, such as iPhones, BlackBerries or smartphones, will be able to access estimated arrival times for trains on all e ...
Transportation Board member Charles D. Nottingham has been designated as the agency's Vice Chairman. He succeeds Francis P. Mulvey, who most recently served as vice chairman from January 5, 2010 to January 4, 2011, and who continues to serve as a board member. The board's vice chairmanship rot ...
Bruce Wise has joined the Whitmore Group as director of railroad sales. Wise, who will oversee the global railroad operations of the 117-year-old company, was formerly vice president and general manager of Portec Rail Products, Inc.-RPM Division. Wise has more than 20 years experience ...
The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas., received a $50 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the METRORail North and Southeast Corridor Light Rail Project. This award is the culmination of multiple meetings, conference calls and conversations organized ...
Jalene Forbis joined Balfour Beatty Rail, Inc., as director of business development for the company's Rail Services Division in the West Coast and Texas regions. A fifth-generation railroader, this former Railway Industry Woman of the Year has been very active in the railway industry a ...
04 January 2011

Tom Kotnour dies at 85

Tom Kotnour, 85, of Wahpeton, N.D., died December 26, 2010 at his winter home in Mesa, Ariz. Tom was born January 29, 1925, in St. Paul, Minn. He was raised there and graduated from high school in 1943. He entered the U.S. Army in June of 1943 and left in 1946 when he started working f ...
UTU-represented train and engine employees of Columbia & Cowlitz Railroad have a new employer in Patriot Rail Corp. after Patriot completed purchase of the shortline from paper manufacturer and forest products supplier Weyerhaeuser. Also included in the sale is Weyerhaeuser Woods R ...
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is seeking a business partner to help develop the next generation of electronic fare payment to create more options for customers, make using the transit system easier and encourage new ridership. The Request for Proposals issued is th ...
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood provided a $150 million grant to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to replace Washington Metro's "1000-Series" rail cars. These cars were cited by the National Transportation Safety Board as a contributing factor to the severity of p ...
As a result of cost-conscious management, the CTA enters 2011 with a balanced budget that maintains current fares and service levels for riders-one of the many goals the agency accomplished this year. Faced with an aging infrastructure in need of repair, but lacking the capital funds to ...
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