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Mar
09

Metra plans safety blitzes for 2017

Metra announced that it will conduct Operation Lifesaver Safety Blitzes at 51 train stations in 2017 as part of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the importance of safe behavior around its trains and tracks.

 

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Mar
09

Trimble and Railhead Corp. partnership brings real-time remote diagnostics to North American ...

Trimble announced that it is partnering with Illinois-based Railhead Corporation to integrate real-time remote monitoring, diagnostics and on-board video to maximize locomotive asset utilization and productivity for railway operators.

 

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Mar
09

Metra seeks bids for UP North Line bridge replacement project

3/9/2017    

Rail News: MOW

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Mar
09

MTA names Eng chief operating officer

3/9/2017    

Rail News: People

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Mar
09

CSX, Schneider seal new intermodal agreement

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Schneider and CSX have agreed to extend their intermodal service agreement.Photo – Schneider

CSX and Schneider have reached a new multiyear agreement in which the Class I will continue to serve as one of Schneider's primary rail providers.

The agreement enables Schneider to serve the eastern United States as demand for intermodal transportation increases, Schneider officials said Tuesday in a press release.

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Mar
09

CSX, Schneider seal new intermodal agreement

3/9/2017    

Rail News: CSX Transportation

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Mar
09

CSX, Schneider seal new intermodal agreement

3/9/2017    

Rail News: CSX Transportation

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Mar
09

NTSB zeros in on grade-crossing in Biloxi crash

3/9/2017    

Rail News: Safety

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Mar
09

Texas Central fights legislators' efforts to kill high-speed rail project

3/9/2017    

Rail News: High-Speed Rail

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Mar
09

Conrail's Batory to retire; Tierney promoted to president, COO

3/9/2017    

Rail News: People

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Mar
09

Brightline adds new CEO, expands management

Brightline, the private operator of intercity passenger rail service in Florida, announced that Dave Howard has joined the company as chief executive.

The company also said Michael Reininger will lead new development and growth opportunities as executive director at Florida East Coast Industries, Brightline's parent company, and Patrick Goddard has been elevated to Chief Operating Officer of Brightline.

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Mar
09

Union Pacific aims to drive innovation by empowering employees to use idea-sharing software

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A major, or Big I-type, innovation UP is pursuing is Machine Vision. Installed across track, a Machine Vision portal includes cameras and sensors (as shown) to inspect a passing train.Photo – Union Pacific Railroad By This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Managing EditorAn idea is a notion of a possible action or a conception of what ought to be. And it’s going to take a lot more ideas for Union Pacific Railroad to continue cultivating a culture that embraces and drives innovation.The railroad is seeking better ways to perform routine tasks or employ recurring processes — efforts that can help boost efficiency, enhance safety, build business and cut costs, UP leaders believe.Innovation is one of the railroad’s six “value tracks” that build on its core vision and mission; the other five are world-class safety, an excellent customer experience, resource productivity, a maximized franchise and an engaged team. When aligned, the tracks help create competitive advantages for customers, foster job stability and satisfaction for workers, and prompt solid returns for shareholders, UP leaders say.Because of what’s become a top-to-bottom push, innovation now is evident throughout the organization, they say. And much of it was derived from workers’ ideas.For example, the Class I in 2012 launched the UP Way, an initiative that encourages employees to conceive new ways to continuously improve safety, service and efficiency, such as by standardizing work processes. The initiative and similar efforts have helped the railroad institute small, incremental improvements (the Little I in furthering innovation). A Little I might be as uncomplicated as installing an air system at a yard to halve dwell time.But the railroad also needs to initiate more large, game-changing improvements (known as the Big I) to register highly impactful results, says UP Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Continuous Improvement Lynn Kelley.“We have had pockets of innovation, like our long-rail initiative,” says Kelley, referring to a strategy implemented several years ago to import 480-foot sections of rail from Japan to form quarter-mile-long welded strings. “But we want systemic innovations. That’s the focus for us now.”Enter Innovation Station, an electronic suggestion box of sorts slated to launch company-wide in May. The software application is designed to provide all employees a platform to share and vet ideas, from big to small and simple to complex.Starting in May, any UP employee will be able to share a big or little idea on Innovation Station. Union Pacific Railroad

For a company with more than 40,000 employees in 23 states, one of the biggest challenges is ensuring an idea is heard. The software will help empower employees to drive innovation and prompt results — the Big I variety included, UP leaders say.

The railroad can gain meaningful operational or organizational impacts from ideas that lead to both smaller and large-scale innovations, said UP Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Lance Fritz in an email. He cites Machine Vision — portals installed across track that can take 50,000 images per second and create 3D models to inspect a passing train — as a prime Big I example.

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Mar
09

Union Pacific aims to drive innovation by empowering employees to use idea-sharing software

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad March 2017 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad

A major, or Big I-type, innovation UP is pursuing is Machine Vision. Installed across track, a Machine Vision portal includes cameras and sensors (as shown) to inspect a passing train.Photo – Union Pacific Railroad By This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Managing EditorAn idea is a notion of a possible action or a conception of what ought to be. And it’s going to take a lot more ideas for Union Pacific Railroad to continue cultivating a culture that embraces and drives innovation.The railroad is seeking better ways to perform routine tasks or employ recurring processes — efforts that can help boost efficiency, enhance safety, build business and cut costs, UP leaders believe.Innovation is one of the railroad’s six “value tracks” that build on its core vision and mission; the other five are world-class safety, an excellent customer experience, resource productivity, a maximized franchise and an engaged team. When aligned, the tracks help create competitive advantages for customers, foster job stability and satisfaction for workers, and prompt solid returns for shareholders, UP leaders say.Because of what’s become a top-to-bottom push, innovation now is evident throughout the organization, they say. And much of it was derived from workers’ ideas.For example, the Class I in 2012 launched the UP Way, an initiative that encourages employees to conceive new ways to continuously improve safety, service and efficiency, such as by standardizing work processes. The initiative and similar efforts have helped the railroad institute small, incremental improvements (the Little I in furthering innovation). A Little I might be as uncomplicated as installing an air system at a yard to halve dwell time.But the railroad also needs to initiate more large, game-changing improvements (known as the Big I) to register highly impactful results, says UP Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Continuous Improvement Lynn Kelley.“We have had pockets of innovation, like our long-rail initiative,” says Kelley, referring to a strategy implemented several years ago to import 480-foot sections of rail from Japan to form quarter-mile-long welded strings. “But we want systemic innovations. That’s the focus for us now.”Enter Innovation Station, an electronic suggestion box of sorts slated to launch company-wide in May. The software application is designed to provide all employees a platform to share and vet ideas, from big to small and simple to complex.Starting in May, any UP employee will be able to share a big or little idea on Innovation Station. Union Pacific Railroad

For a company with more than 40,000 employees in 23 states, one of the biggest challenges is ensuring an idea is heard. The software will help empower employees to drive innovation and prompt results — the Big I variety included, UP leaders say.

The railroad can gain meaningful operational or organizational impacts from ideas that lead to both smaller and large-scale innovations, said UP Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Lance Fritz in an email. He cites Machine Vision — portals installed across track that can take 50,000 images per second and create 3D models to inspect a passing train — as a prime Big I example.

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Mar
08

Rail supplier news from CH2M, Bombardier, LAN, AllTranstek and SIFER (March 8)

3/8/2017    

Rail News: Supplier Spotlight

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Mar
08

Siemens unveils first Charger locomotive for Washington DOT

3/8/2017    

Rail News: Supplier Spotlight

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Mar
08

AAR Reports Weekly Rail Traffic for the Week Ending March 4, 2017

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The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 4, 2017.

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Mar
08

Northern Plains Railroad celebrates injury-free safety milestone

3/8/2017    

Rail News: Short Lines & Regionals

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Mar
08

Gov. Malloy: Focus on NEC repair, not expansion

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy sent a letter to the Federal Railraod Administration asking for its continued focus on repairing the Northeast Corridor (NEC) rather than working to realign or expand it.

 

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Mar
08

Portland port, ICTSI Oregon agree to end terminal operator pact

3/8/2017    

Rail News: Intermodal

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Mar
08

Brightline adds to management team, appoints Howard CEO

3/8/2017    

Rail News: People

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