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USDOT should consider small railroads when making new rules, ASLRRA says

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) should consider the small business perspective when proposing new regulations, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) Senior Vice President Jo Strang told the Small Business Administration's Office in preparation for a hearing on national regulatory fairness.

Strang, who oversees safety and regulatory policy for ASLRRA, commented on behalf of the nation's 603 short lines. She urged the department to consider small business needs as required under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act when considering rulemakings.

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Rail car and locomotive statistics: Fleet Stats 2019

Rail News Home Mechanical August 2019 Rail News: Mechanical

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Rising Stars 2019: Scott Schiemann

Rail News Home People August 2019 Rail News: People

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Scott Schiemann, 35
Chief engineer
Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad
 
Nominator’s quote: “Throughout his tenure, Mr. Schiemann has reduced injuries and derailments, improved infrastructure, used technology to comply with federal regulations and completed projects on time and under budget. When issues arise, he is able to come up with a corrective action plan to prevent reoccurrence.”
— Joseph Spano, Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad
 
Why did you pursue a career in the rail industry?
While studying to become a civil engineer, I admired the adversity it took to build a railroad across the USA. Railroading and civil engineering in my opinion are synonymous. Railroads developed standards that are still used today across civil engineering. I pursued a career with the railroad because I wanted to be part of this deep rooted industry.
 
Describe your education after high school.
I have a Bachelor’s of Science in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s degree in infrastructure and management from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
 
How are you making a difference in the rail industry?
Over the past few years we have added capacity to our system by building mainline and yard tracks. These tracks have increased our capacity and increased the fluidity of cars across our system.
 
What is an interesting, unusual or little known fact about you?
I play rugby. 
 
What was your very first job?
I worked at a carwash detailing cars in high school.
 
What is your philosophy toward life and/or your career?
Pay it forward. We are all where we are today because someone has helped us along the way.  
 
What is your advice to new railroaders who want to advance their careers?
Hone your leadership skills. People are what run the railroad. The better you know your people the better results you can expect.
 
What do you think will be the biggest trend to affect railroading over the next decade?
The use of modern technology like drones to inspect bridges and smart phones to house rule books and eliminate paper copies.

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TriMet resumes regular light-rail service following track work

Rail News Home Maintenance Of Way 8/19/2019 Rail News: Maintenance Of Way
image TriMet crews working near the Rose Quarter Transit Center in Portland replaced track, upgraded switches and installed a new switch machine.Photo – TriMet

The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) yesterday resumed regular service on the MAX light-rail’s Blue, Green and Red lines following the completion of track work near the Rose Quarter Transit Center in Portland. 

The work included curved track replacement, two switches and track upgrades, and installation of a new machine for a third switch, TriMet officials said in a press release. 

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Valley Metro installs downtown Tempe streetcar track

Rail News Home Passenger Rail 8/19/2019 Rail News: Passenger Rail
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Valley Metro last week completed streetcar track installation on Mill Avenue between University Drive and Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe, Arizona, marking the installation of nearly half of the streetcar’s track in the city. 

The Tempe Streetcar is scheduled to open in 2021 with 3 miles of track, 14 stops and two connections to Valley Metro’s rail service, agency officials said in a press release. 

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