Bombardier to Deliver 54 Additional Cars to Israel

MONTREAL – Bombardier Transportation will deliver 54 additional double-deck cars to Israel Railways, the company announced June 10. The order, which is valued at $94 million, represents the exercise of an option for 23 cars included in the initial contract signed in 1999, and its extension by 31 additional units. The new order brings to 147 the number of double-deck cars purchased by Israel Railways, 89 of which have already been delivered. The new cars are scheduled to be delivered between December 2005 and mid 2006. “This order testifies to our excellent relationship with Israel Railways,” said Olof Persson, president,

MARTA Police Arrest Man Suspected of Assault

ATLANTA — MARTA police today arrested a 42-year-old man, charging him with assaulting a four people, including a “high-ranking military official” on a train at the Airport Station and an elderly woman, officials said. “At 11:17 a.m., a U.S. Army major boarded a southbound train at the MARTA Lakewood-Fort McPherson Station to pick up his family from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. While sitting on the train, an African American male dressed in a white robe and head dress, began staring at the major, pacing back and forth. He then headed towards the major yelling, screaming and swinging punches at him,” said

FRA Audit of Remote Control Locomotive Operations Shows Fewer Accidents and Employee Injuries

WASHINGTON – A preliminary report released in May indicates that the deployment of remote control locomotives in and around rail yards has resulted in significant safety benefits, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) said. The findings are contained in the agency’s Interim Report: Safety of Remote Control Locomotives Operations.  The report finds the safety record of Remote Control Locomotives (RCLs) has been positive. For the period covering May 1, 2003 through Nov. 30, 2003, the RCL train accident rate was found to be 13.5 percent lower than the rate for conventional switching operations over the same period and the employee injury

Highway-Rail Crossing Fatalities Reach Record Low in ‘03

Washington – The nation’s rail transportation system achieved a record low number of highway-rail grade crossing fatalities in 2003, statistics from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) show. Preliminary full-year statistics compiled by the FRA also reveal similar improvements for other key measures of industry safety, despite an increase in the overall number of train-miles operated. “These improvements in rail safety reflect increased focus on preventive safety by the FRA, railroad labor, and the industry at-large,” said FRA Administrator Allan Rutter. “We are hopeful that the gains we’re highlighting today will continue in the years to come.” In 2003, highway-rail grade

Metro Board Adopts FY05 Budget

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority directors this week adopted a balanced $2.9 billion budget for Fiscal year 2004-05. The spending plan eliminates more than 230 jobs and sharply reduces administrative overhead to balance a structural operating deficit. Metro fares, however, will remain the same. “We have to live within our means,” Metro CEO Roger Snoble said in describing the austere budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2004. “This is not a happy budget. Our efforts to improve mobility in Los Angeles County have been slowed, largely because LA County may lose up to

Long Island Rail Road Names MRO Software for Management of Track, Signals, Stations and Rolling Stock

MIAMI – Long Island Rail Road has selected MRO Software, a leading provider of strategic asset management solutions to implement a range of assets including right-of-way assets, rolling stock, non-revenue fleet and IT equipment. Long Island Rail Road will use MAXIMO Transportation and other applications to integrate maintenance activities with long-term capital asset planning and procurement. This integrated approach will help Long Island Rail Road to more effectively meet its financial targets, plan for long-range capital investments and help to improve the rail infrastructure and service. Long Island Rail Road is part of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

MTA Rolls Out Subway Centennial Map Subway History

NEW YORK – The MTA is putting a little history back into its subway maps. With an up-to-date subway map on one side and a collection of vintage system guides on the other, subway riders can now use the new special-edition Centennial Map to find out how to get where they’re going, while at the same time, learning where the system has been. The Centennial Map is part of the MTA’s yearlong celebration of the New York City Subway Centennial (1904–2004) and commemorates the history of the New York City Subway. More than 1 million of the maps were available

Report: Norfolk Southern Saves Millions in Fuel Costs

NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk Southern has saved millions in fuel costs by purchasing its fuel in advance, The Virginian-Pilot reported last month. “In 2001, as diesel fuel prices started to fluctuate more and more, Norfolk Southern abandoned its longtime practice of buying fuel on the market. Instead, it began buying in advance through a financial technique called hedging to lock in prices for much of its diesel fuel,” the newspaper reported. In the first quarter of 2004, Norfolk Southern could have saved $22 million, if it used its monthly allotment. The company earned $158 million in the first quarter. “The

MARTA Contributes Officers for G8 Summit

ATLANTA — Joining a collection of police agencies from across the state, 20 officers from the MARTA Police Department have been redeployed to serve at the G8 Summit on Sea Island. “All of the local law enforcement agencies were asked to contribute if they could,” said MARTA Police Chief Gene Wilson. “However, the State Department of Homeland Security were particularly interested in team members who could fill special abilities such as our Special Operations Response Team.” The MARTA officers will join roughly 20,000 law enforcement officers and National Guard troops from all over the state of Georgia guarding the G8

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