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Watco Transportation Services named Steve Beske general manager of the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad. Beske will be responsible for the day-to-day operations on the WSOR and will report directly to the director of operations.

Florida East Coast Industries, Inc., is developing a privately owned, operated and maintained passenger rail service to connect South Florida and Orlando, which will be operational in 2014.

Last month, I wrote about safety as it pertains to the elimination of the Harriman awards. Safety is again at the forefront, this time thanks to legislation introduced to the Illinois General Assembly.

RailComm has been selected to provide the GCOR dispatch system for Genesee and Wyoming's Arizona Eastern Railway. RailComm's Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) train control system will be accessed through a web-enabled Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model.

Southern California's Caltrain will conduct construction on the San Bruno Grade Seperation Project and perform maintenance at several locations.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority released its Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report for the Westside Subway Extension Project.

20 March 2012

HDR hires Orrison

John Orrison has joined HDR as the practice leader for railroad operations. He is based in the firm's Fort Worth, Texas, office. His responsibilities include developing and expanding HDR's freight rail program in North America and abroad.

Scott Henderson has accepted the position of general manager for Watco Transportation Services' Pacific Sun Railroad. He most recently served as general manager for the Baton Rouge Southern Railroad in Louisiana.

Union Pacific is enhancing Nebraska's transportation infrastructure by investing $8.7 million in the rail line that runs between Sarben and Joyce. The project is in progress and is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.

Effective March 15, 2012, Norfolk Southern lowered the railroad operating speed limits on certain sections of the Michigan Line between Dearborn and Kalamazoo that handle both Amtrak's passenger service and Norfolk Southern's freight service. These lower speed limits, 25-30 mph, have been imposed ...
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