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Rail News Home Railroading Supplier Spotlight 12/6/2019 Rail News: Railroading Supplier Spotlight
image Justin HicksPhoto – TKDA

TKDA added Justin Hicks to its rail division. He has 10 years of experience as a designer and manager on an array of rail projects. Hicks has designed freight yard, mainline and industrial rail trackage; been involved in intermodal and port master planning projects; and has generated designs for a variety of other transportation infrastructure projects, TKDA officials said in a press release.

Wabtec Corp. recently delivered 10 ES30ACi Light Evolution Series locomotives to the Egyptian National Railways (ENR) and Ministry of Transportation, the first stage in fulfilling order and services agreements reached in 2017. The new locomotives will enable ENR to meet growing demand for an efficient transport system capable of supporting the country’s development plans, Wabtec officials said in a press release. Equipped with 12-cylinder, 3,200-horsepower engines, the locomotives feature air-conditioned dual cabs, AC propulsion systems, single-axle control and dynamic brakes to transport either freight or passengers.

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TTC eliminates ticket, token sales at stations

Rail News Home Passenger Rail 12/6/2019 Rail News: Passenger Rail
image Presto cards offer automatic renewal and reloading.Photo – TTC

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) last week stopped selling tickets, tokens and day passes at its train stations as part of a transition to the Presto reloadable fare card.

The Presto cards offer automatic renewal and reloading and the ability to pay fares across 10 other transit agencies that use the system, including GO Transit and the TTC streetcar.

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SunRail to test PTC on central Florida rail corridor

Rail News Home Positive Train Control 12/6/2019 Rail News: Positive Train Control
image SunRail’s test trains will operate on the entire 61.5-mile corridor from the DeLand Amtrak Station to the Poinciana SunRail Station in Kissimmee.Photo – SunRail Flickr

SunRail will test positive train control (PTC) overnight until Dec. 12 in preparation for full implementation of the safety system on the central Florida rail corridor, agency officials announced yesterday.

SunRail’s test trains will operate on the entire 61.5-mile corridor from the DeLand Amtrak Station to the Poinciana SunRail Station in Kissimmee.

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Ohio, Washington regulators OK grade crossing safety upgrades

Rail News Home Communication and Signal 12/6/2019 Rail News: Communication and Signal
image The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) earlier this week approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission directing Norfolk Southern RailwayWheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co. (W&LE) and CSX to upgrade four crossings in three counties.NS will install lights and gates at the County Road 84 crossing in Hancock County by April 4, 2021. W&LE will upgrade and replace existing lights and gates at the Gilchrist Road crossing in Akron by Sept. 4, 2020.Meanwhile, CSX will install lights and gates and make the approach less steep at the Railroad Street crossing in Milton Center; and close the South Street crossing to vehicles and pedestrians in Milton Center by Dec. 4, 2020.Federal funding will be provided for the upgrades, although W&LE will share funding responsibility for the Gilchrist Road project, PUCO officials said in a press release. Meanwhile, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) approved more than $15,000 in grant funding for the Northwest Railway Museum to improve two crossings in North Bend and Snoqualmie.The UTC approved a Grade Crossing Protective Fund (GCPF) grant of $5,230 to replace signal control hardware at the State Route 202 crossing, also known as Bendigo Boulevard. The commission also approved a $10,603 GCPF grant to replace the signal control hardware and upgrade the existing warning lights to LEDs at the Snoqualmie Parkway crossing. The upgrades must be completed by June 30, 2020.

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WMATA solicits input on rail service improvement study

Rail News Home Passenger Rail 12/6/2019 Rail News: Passenger Rail
image Starting next week, WMATA will host a series of open houses in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia to provide information about the draft concepts.Photo – WMATA

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) yesterday unveiled several preliminary concepts to improve reliability, meet future ridership demands and better serve riders on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.

Starting next week, WMATA will host a series of open houses in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia to provide information about the draft concepts, answer questions and gather public input, authority officials said in a press release.

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