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Sound Transit completes Connect 2020 construction

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image Sound Transit completed its project to connect the existing Link light-rail system to the East Link in Seattle.Photo – Sound Transit Facebook

Sound Transit this week completed Connect 2020, an 11-week project to connect the existing Link light-rail system to the 14-mile East Link extension in Seattle. 

The agency’s existing rail tunnel is now configured for East Link in preparation for extended service to Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond, Washington, via 10 new stations in 2023.

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Norfolk Southern creates, deploys autonomous track inspection system

Norfolk Southern Railway yesterday announced it achieved a "breakthrough" in track inspection technology designed to enhance railroad safety and operating efficiencies.

NS officials say the Class I is the first North American freight railroad to develop and deploy an autonomous track geometry measurement system that is mounted on a locomotive.

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NS promotes three to VP roles, names chief sustainability officer

Norfolk Southern Corp. yesterday announced promotions of three leaders to vice president and the appointment of a chief sustainability officer.

NS appointed Greg Comstock, former general manager of the railroad’s network operations center and general manager of the southern region, to VP of network operations; Lorri Kleine, former senior general counsel of workforce, properties and insurance risk management, to VP of law; and Patrick Whitehead, former assistant VP of mechanical and general manager of the northern region, to VP of transportation.

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Norfolk Southern elects Huffard, Jones directors

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Norfolk Southern Corp.'s board has elected John "Jack" Huffard Jr. and Christopher Jones to serve as directors, the company announced today.

Huffard is cofounder of Tenable Network Security Inc. and Tenable Holdings Inc., a cybersecurity software company. He served as president and chief operating officer and as a director of Tenable Network Security from 2002 to 2018, where he was responsible for driving Tenable’s global corporate strategy and business operations and was instrumental in the venture funding and initial public offering process, NS officials said in a press release.

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Norfolk Southern to close Roanoke Distribution Center

Rail News Home Norfolk Southern Railway 2/19/2020 Rail News: Norfolk Southern Railway
image Norfolk Southern Railway yesterday announced it will close its Roanoke Distribution Center in Virginia and transfer the work associated with its Roanoke Locomotive Shop to Altoona, Pennsylvania.The shop's mechanical employees will have the opportunity to transfer to the Juniata Locomotive Shop in Altoona and will be eligible for relocation benefits, NS officials said in an emailed statement.NS rail operations and more than 650 employees will remain in the Roanoke Valley.The decision to close the facility follows a 48 percent decline in coal tons shipped since 2008. In addition, NS has experienced a 22 percent reduction in its locomotive fleet since late 2018, reducing the volume of locomotive maintenance and repair work required to operate safely, NS officials said."This difficult but necessary decision reflects the importance of ensuring the company maintains the right mix of people and facilities, in the right locations, to deliver exceptional customer service," they said.

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