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Progressive Railroading's Passenger Rail at a Glance 2019: Texas, Virginia and Washington

Part 5 : Progressive Railroading's Passenger Rail at a Glance 2019: Texas, Virginia and Washington

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Progressive Railroading's Passenger Rail at a Glance 2019: New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Pennsylvania

Part 4 : Progressive Railroading's Passenger Rail at a Glance 2019: New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Pennsylvania

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Progressive Railroading's Passenger Rail at a Glance 2019: District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia and Illinois

Part 3 : Progressive Railroading's Passenger Rail at a Glance 2019: District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia and Illinois

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Progressive Railroading's Passenger Rail at a Glance 2018: Amtrak, California, & Colorado

Part 2 : Progressive Railroading's Passenger Rail at a Glance 2018: Amtrak, California, & Colorado

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Progressive Railroading's Passenger Rail at a Glance 2019: Preface

Transit agency facts and figures, and a sampling of agencies’ current and planned capital projects

Americans took more commuter-rail trips last year than they did in the previous year, but overall ridership on commuter-, heavy- and light-rail systems was down slightly by 0.41 percent (based on passenger trips) in 2018, according to the American Public Transportation Association’s latest annual ridership report, which was issued in April.

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Transdev names Zardini CIO, promotes Hanc to HR chief

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image Left to right, Transdec CIO Andre Zardini and CHRO DeeDee HancPhoto – Transdev

Transdev North America has hired Andre Zardini as chief information officer and promoted DeeDee Hanc from vice president of human resources to chief human resources officer, the company announced last week.

Zardini has 20 years of information technology leadership experience in large- and medium-sized organizations in several industries, Transdev officials said in a press release.

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LIRR to replace East Hampton rail bridges

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image LIRR will raise the vertical roadway clearance of the North Main Street and Accabonac Road bridges.Photo – LIRR

MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) crews today began the final stage of work to replace two century-old rail bridges in East Hampton, New York, at North Main Street and Accabonac Road. 

LIRR will raise the vertical roadway clearance of the bridges with the installation of single span steel bridge structures to allow trucks to safely pass underneath the bridges.

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DART names Wageman chair

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image DART Board Chair Paul WagemanPhoto – DART

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) board yesterday elected Paul Wageman chair and Michele Wong Krause, vice chair.

Wageman has been a member of DART's board since in 2012. He is a past chairman of the North Texas Tollway Authority and is a shareholder at Dallas law firm Winstead PC, DART officials said in a press release.

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House T&I Chair DeFazio warns Uber, Lyft not to skip hearing

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Virginia Port Authority inks dredging contract with Weeks Marine

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Transit-rail, bus service boosts real estate values, report says

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NJ Transit restores Raritan Valley Line direct service

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image On Oct. 14, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy was joined by state and local officials to announce restoration of NJ Transit’s Raritan Valley Line.Photo – Phil Murphy Twitter

New Jersey Transit will resume weekday off-peak, one-seat Raritan Valley Line (RVL) train service to New York Penn Station beginning Nov. 4, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced yesterday.

The commuter-rail service was suspended in September 2018 to allow NJ Transit to install positive train control equipment on its rail fleet, according to a press release issued by Murphy’s office.

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KCS promotes Austin to VP of revenue, yield management

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image Kansas City Southern has promoted Anastasia Austin to vice president of revenue and yield management, the Class I announced yesterday.Since 2017, she has served as assistant VP of revenue and yield management, supporting the company's marketing group on customer pricing and revenue management.Austin joined KCS in 2008 and has held roles in accounting, finance and operational support, including leading the team responsible for providing financial decision support services to the operations groups.Prior to joining KCS, Austin served in internal audit roles in the financial services and telecommunications industries."She has developed important insights into our business through her roles both in and outside of finance,” KCS VP of Financial Services Brent Vander Ark said in a press release. “Her experience positions her very well to be influential and effective in this expanded role."

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PTC update: Class Is press ahead to meet implementation deadline

A photo taken last year shows a PTC wayside radio antenna UP is using near Tehachapi, California. The Class I has installed 10,000 of the antennas as part of its implementation project.Photo – Union Pacific Railroad

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Santa Clara VTA solicits input on Tamien Station accessibility

Rail News Home Passenger Rail 10/14/2019 Rail News: Passenger Rail
image Public input on Tamien Station's accessibility will help shape the final design of a transit-oriented development near the station.Photo – VTA

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is seeking public opinion on accessibility issues related to the Tamien intermodal station in San Jose, California, to help shape the final design of a transit-oriented development (TOD) scheduled for construction near the station in 2020. 

The Tamien Station TOD is a project between VTA and developer UrbanCo-Tamien LLC, to develop nearly 7 acres of property near the station, which serves the VTA light-rail and Caltrain commuter-rail systems.

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New Orleans streetcar service suspended following hotel collapse

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image Bus service is available along the impacted streetcar lines.Photo – NORTA

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) has experienced major streetcar service disruptions since the partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel under construction near Canal Street on Oct. 12.

Crews were working on the hotel when a portion of the building collapsed, killing at least two and injuring more than 19 people. One person remains missing. The cause of the building collapse is under investigation, local media reported.

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PennDOT seeks public-private proposals for transportation projects

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image The proposals apply to PennDOT-owned projects and infrastructure and should address innovative ways to deliver transportation projects related to rail, ports, bridges, roads and aviation.Photo – PennDOT

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's (PennDOT) Office of Public-Private Partnerships is accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through Oct. 31.

The proposals apply to PennDOT-owned projects and infrastructure and should address innovative ways to deliver transportation projects related to rail, ports, bridges, roads and aviation, PennDOT officials said in a press release.

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Railway Interchange 2019 logs attendance, exhibitor increases

Railway Interchange, the largest exhibit and technical conference for the North American railroad industry, announced last week that total registered attendance for the biennial event reached 8,450, up 3.4 percent from the 2017 event's attendance.

Held Sept. 22-25 in Minneapolis, the conference featured 746 exhibitors at the indoor and outdoor exhibits, up from 738 in 2017 and setting a new record, Railway Interchange officials said in a press release.

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PANYNJ adds 113 police officers

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image PANYNJ's additional officers bring the police department's force to 2,169 officers, the highest staffing level in port history.Photo – PANYNJ

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) last week announced that 113 police officers graduated from the Port Authority Police Department’s Police Academy class. 

The new officers bring the department's force to 2,169 officers, the highest staffing level in port history, PANYNJ officials said in a press release. 

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Career advice from women leaders in rail: Be fearless, have a support network

(Right to left) Maggie Vuono, Holland LP’s national sales manager, and Kate Suprenuk, Union Tank Car Co.’s vice president of portfolio and service strategy, were part of a panel discussion about women leaders and strategies for achieving an impactful career in rail.Photo – Vesna Brajkovic

By Julie Sneider, senior associate editor

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