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News July 31, 2014
Service Starts on Phase 1 of DC’s Metrorail Silver Line
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joined local, state and regional representatives to celebrate the opening of the 11.7-mile Silver Line extension, the first phase of the planned 23.1-mile extension of Washington, D.C.’s Metrorail service to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County, Virginia. Read more
Organizational Changes in KCSR Operations Department Announced
Kansas City Southern (KCS) has announced organizational changes within the operations department of The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR), including the promotions of Mike Naatz, Jeff Songer and Steve Truitt. Read more
Watco Names Smith Executive VP & COO, Edwards Senior VP KWX
Watco Companies has named Dan Smith executive vice president and chief operating officer, responsible for overseeing the operational performance, organizational development, and process improvements of Watco’s Operating Divisions. Read more
DOT Celebrates Opening of Tucson Streetcar Line
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Chief Counsel Dorval Carter joined Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and other local officials to celebrate the grand opening of the Sun Link Streetcar line in Tucson, Ariz., a four-mile line that will expand regional transit options. Read more
Union Pacific Reports Strong Second Quarter
Union Pacific Corporation has reported several all-time records in their 2014 second quarter when compared to the second quarter of 2013. Read more
AAR Reports 6.7% Increase in Weekly U.S. Rail Traffic
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported a 6.7 percent increase in total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic for the week ending July 19, 2014, when compared to the same week in 2013, with 566,931 carloads and intermodal units reported. Read more
NS Reports Record Second Quarter Results
Norfolk Southern has reported records set in net income, railway operating revenues and income, diluted earnings and railway operating ratio in the 2014 second quarter. Read more
Latham Named Quality Manager at PowerRail Distribution
PowerRail Distribution Incorporated has named Jeffrey Robert Latham quality manager at its corporate headquarters in Duryea, Pa., where he will be responsible for developing and improving production methods in accordance with AAR regulations and working with the rest of the quality team to get all PowerRail companies AAR certified. Read more
Alstom to Supply Signaling System to Spain’s Málaga Metro
Alstom will be supplying an Urbalis 400 communication based train control (CBTC) signaling system on lines 1 and 2 of Spain’s light rail service the Málaga Metro, which will begin operating in July 2015. Read more
Just Published
The Third Quarter 2014 edition of The Official Railway Guide (Vol. 147, No. 3) has been sent to subscribers. Highlights of the latest issue include:
  • Port, Intermodal, Warehouse Connections, exclusive to this issue.
  • Extensive updates on many of the 30 regional railroad maps.
  • New listings for CCET, LLC and Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, A Division of OPT.
  • Updated contacts at numerous Class I, II and III freight railroads and railroad industry associations.


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