Man Killed By MARTA Train

May 10, 2004 Todd DeFeo 0

ATLANTA – A man walking in a train tunnel was killed Monday when he was struck by a westbound MARTA train, published reports indicate. The man was struck by the six-car train at about 10:20 a.m. It is unclear why the man was inside the tunnel, just east of the Decatur station. The train’s operator notified authorities after the train struck the man. “She pulled the emergency stop when she saw him,” MARTA spokeswoman Kimberly Willis Green told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for a story posted to their web site Monday afternoon. Authorities did not release the man’s identity except to

CN Closes Transaction to Acquire Rail and Marine Holdings of Great Lakes Transportation

MONTREAL – Canadian National on May 10 completed its acquisition of the rail and marine holdings of Great Lakes Transportation LLC (GLT). CN will now commence the step-by-step integration of two railroads and a rail switching company into its 17,500-mile North American system. The railroads are: The 212-mile Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway Company (DM&IR) – the Class II railroad is a common carrier of pelletized iron ore in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Class II Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad Company (B&LE), which carries primarily coal, iron ore and limestone between the Lake Erie port of Conneaut, Ohio, and

Pacer Marks 20 Years of Double-Stack Rail Technology

Concord, Calif. – It has been 20 years since the introduction of double-stack rail technology changed the intermodal container-transportation industry forever. In 1984, container trains began breaking through cost, capacity and service barriers by using specially engineered rail cars that could carry two tiers of containers instead of one – significantly reducing the locomotive power, track capacity and train crews required by conventional intermodal trains to move a comparable payload.   The double-stack rail car’s unique design also significantly reduced damage in transit, and provided greater cargo security by cradling the lower containers so their doors cannot be opened. And a

Northeast Business Leaders Unite to Preserve Amtrak

WASHINGTON – Citing the vital importance of Amtrak to the nation’s economy and quality of life, a large delegation of East Coast business leaders today introduced a new coalition to advocate for increased federal investment in the aging passenger rail system. The Amtrak Business Coalition (ABC) consists of more than 50 East Coast business organizations from Virginia to Maine and includes The New England Council. In all, the Coalition represents 12 states and the District of Columbia. The ABC will work toward an increased federal commitment to preserve safe and reliable service along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor Main Line, as well

TSA Launches New Passenger Safety Pilot Program

NEW CARROLLTON, Md. — A test program to measure the feasibility of explosives screening began May 4. The TSA launched the test program for people and bags traveling on U.S. trains. Amtrak and Maryland Rail Commuter (MARC) passengers boarding at the New Carrollton train station were screened for explosives as part of a pilot project to make rail travel safer, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said. The Transit and Rail Inspection Pilot (TRIP) will evaluate the use of emerging technologies to screen passengers and their carry-on items for explosives in the transit and rail environment in certain situations.  The

CSX Chairman Calls Conrail Transaction a Success: Calls on STB to End Oversight

WASHINGTON – The Conrail acquisition is a continuing success and the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) five-year oversight has achieved its goals, Michael Ward, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of CSX Corporation, said May 3. “We believe the 5-year oversight period that followed the transaction has achieved its objectives. We are now at a time when additional oversight is unnecessary – and the ordinary authority of the STB is more than sufficient to ensure that the public good continues to be served,” Ward said. “When you look at what has been achieved over the past five years – on behalf

‘Save Transit’ Coalition to Inform Region of SEPTA’s Financial Plight

PHILADELPHIA – A region-wide coalition of major business, civic, labor and community organizations has been convened to inform the public and state government of the financial plight of SEPTA, which is facing a $70-million budget crisis. Approximately 50 leaders of region-wide businesses and organizations gathered for the first time today at the offices of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. "Public transportation services provided by SEPTA affect everyone in the five-county region, whether they are regular commuters or not," said Pasquale T. Deon, Sr., SEPTA Board Chairman. "Without long-term, predictable funding, SEPTA service will be in jeopardy. This, in turn,

Norfolk Southern’s Goode Urges an End to Conrail Oversight

NORFOLK, Va. – Noting “the Conrail transaction has been a success,” Norfolk Southern Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer David R. Goode today urged the Surface Transportation Board not to extend its formal regulatory oversight period. “The history of the past five years shows how the transaction has lived up to the board’s expectations,” Goode testified during a hearing in Washington. “Perhaps most importantly, the transaction resulted in two competitively balanced rail systems serving the eastern United States. In addition, of course, the transaction has created vigorous new rail-to-rail competition throughout the former Conrail territory,” benefiting shippers and communities. “No

Blue Ridge Opens 7th Season

May 1, 2004 The Cross-Tie 0

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. — Nostalgia and excitement sweep through the growing crowd. Some experience the anticipation of their first train ride. The conductor calls out “All Aboard” and visitors climb the steps of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway as the 7th season of operation began with daily train trips from Blue Ridge, Ga., to Copperhill, Tenn., during Spring Break, April 2-10. New this year are “Half Price Mondays” for groups of 15 or more or for individuals with a coupon from The Atlanta JournalConstitution or The Marietta Daily Journal. “This is a relaxing, oldfashioned train ride along the Toccoa River,

Rutter Steps Down From FRA Post

April 30, 2004 News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — Allan Rutter, Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, says he is leaving his current post in mid-June for a position with a Texas transportation organization. “It was a difficult decision, but ultimately it is what is best for my family,” Rutter said in a statement. “The opportunity to serve President Bush as FRA Administrator has been truly an honor and a privilege and one of the great experiences of my life.” In his new post, Rutter will serve as Deputy Executive Director of the North Texas Tollway Authority. A native of Texas, Rutter looks forward to moving his

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