David K. Maas, P.E., assistant
vice president, will lead TranSystems' consulting services to support rail
industry clients with the implementation of Positive Train Control. He will
direct program management and technical support services including GIS mapping
and track database management services involving data capture, data extraction
and data validation services for track database systems to support PTC
implementation; program management services for commercial power installation
applications for wayside equipment; and related technical assistance and
consulting services to support the rail industry in the implementation of
Positive Train Control.
Hampton Roads, Va.,
Transit welcomed the call for a public audit of the light rail project as a
significant step toward ensuring accountability of The Tide's management and
oversight, the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot reports.
It's unlikely the SMART
rail line linking Sonoma and Marin, Calif., counties will be finished by 2014
as promised to voters because the agency running the train project is wrestling
with a $155-million shortfall brought on by a stumbling economy, the Contra
Costa Times reports.
Continuing talks on
making the area more environmentally friendly focused Tuesday night on
expanding the use of trains, buses and bicycles countywide, according to the
Elgin Courier News, The Elgin, Ill., Community Network hosted a discussion at
Gail Borden Public Library that looked at the future of transportation in the
area. Among those attending were representatives from Metra, Kane County
Division of Transportation and Schaumburg-based engineering firm TranSystems,
the company contracted to draft the city's Bikeway Master Plan.
Property owners in
Whitefish's Railroad District and east of the middle school received good news
last week - lab results from 25 soil-borings revealed little or no
contamination from underground diesel fuel plumes originating in the BNSF Superfund
site, the Whitefish Pilot reports.
As the years pass, it
becomes more vital to introduce and educate the next generation to the railroad
industry. To aid in this cause, AREMA has developed a Mentoring Program to
benefit the AREMA Student Members. The association is currently seeking mentors
to influence the next generation as part of this Mentoring Program.
Measure R money isn't
just for road projects' it can now be used to purchase railroad tracks, the
Foothills Sun-Gazette reports. The Tulare County, Calif., Board of Supervisors
approved an amendment to the Measure R expenditure plan that will allow the
county to purchase railroad fixtures including ties, ballast, tracks and
signals to ensure that the property is maintained for rail use.
Transportation Board is requesting feedback from Chicago-area communities
affected by the merger of Canadian National Railway with the Elgin, Joliet
& Eastern Railway Co. The Board will also audit CN's informational reports
that the railroad is required to file with the STB as a condition of the
MTA NYC Transit said that
effective Wednesday, January 20, 2010, MTA Staten Island Railway will begin
fare collection at the newly constructed Tompkinsville Stationhouse. The $6.9-million
Tompkinsville Fare Collection Project included the construction of a stationhouse
entrance, the installation of turnstiles, cameras, fare vending and
Crystal Lake, Ill.,
officials have approved a pre-annexation agreement for a 17-acre site, where
Metra plans to build a commuter train stop, the Chicago Tribune reports. The
station, between the Woodstock and Crystal Lake stations, would cost an
estimated $5 million and take four years to open, Metra officials say. It is
part of a planned expansion to the Union Pacific Northwest line.