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Rio Tinto going driverless Down Under Global mining conglomerate Rio Tinto says AutoHaul®—the US$518 million automation of its Western Australia Pilbara iron ore heavy-haul rail network—is progressing well, with about 20% of all train-miles now operating in autonomous mode, albeit with on board locomotive engineers managing certain safety and reliability systems.

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Norfolk Southern will be consolidating its Central Division headquarters operations in Knoxville, Tenn., into three surrounding divisions “as part of ongoing efforts to enhance customer service and improve operating efficiencies.” The consolidation, effective on or about Nov. 1, will reduce NS’s...
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Passengers on six transit services in the Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Area on July 17 began using Hop Fastpass™, a regional open-payments electronic fare collection (e-fare ) system implemented by INIT Innovations in Transportation, Inc., Chesapeake, Va. Hop Fastpass, which spans multiple agencies,...
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Rio Grande Pacific Dispatch (RGPD), formerly Nebraska Central Dispatch, has rebranded with a new name and logo, to strengthen its connection to parent company Rio Grande Pacific Corp., and more accurately depict the company’s operations. The company said that while its...
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AECOM is set to acquire Shimmick Construction. While the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, the companies expect to close in AECOM's fiscal fourth quarter. AECOM says that Shimmick, "an established leader in the California and Western U.S. heavy civil...
Nineteenth century economist Thomas Malthus is associated with a failure to recognize improved productivity as a tide lifting humankind’s standard of living. Augmented by technological advancement, productivity converts inputs into useful outputs to increase dramatically the quantity, quality, variety and affordability...

aecom-to-acquire-shimmick-construction
AECOM is set to acquire Shimmick Construction. While the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, the companies expect to close in AECOM's fiscal fourth quarter. AECOM says that Shimmick, "an established leader in the California and Western U.S. heavy civil...
Nineteenth century economist Thomas Malthus is associated with a failure to recognize improved productivity as a tide lifting humankind’s standard of living. Augmented by technological advancement, productivity converts inputs into useful outputs to increase dramatically the quantity, quality, variety and affordability...
new-york-area-transit-takes-steps-to-increase-rail-safety
A New York area transit operator has acquired Strukton Rail North America Inc.'s remotely controlled ZKL 3000 RC shunting devices. Strukton Rail says the agency will use this technology to improve track worker safety, while reducing network downtime. Although Strukton didn't specifically...
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The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has awarded Kapsch TrafficCom AG, whose U.S. operation is based in McLean, Va., a contract worth approximately $11 million for a turnkey regional Mobile Ticketing System (MTS) that will allow MARTA riders to...
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Leica Geosystems, a division of Hexagon Geosystems and a provider of measurement technology, has acquired rail measurement specialist InfraMeasure. The acquisition, which creates a new Rail division, provides Leica Geosystems entry into the North American rail market. InfraMeasure designed and developed...

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