Crossties

MAR-APR 2018

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CONTACT RTA WEBSITE BECOME A MEMBER BECOME A MEMBER RTA WEBSITE CONTACT Cahaba Pressure Treated Forest Products Eagle Metal Products East Coast Railroad Gross & Janes Co. Hurdle Machine Works Koppers Inc. CROSSTIES • MARCH/APRIL 2018 4 FRA Announces $73 Million For Rail Capital Projects WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced that it is accepting applications for $73 million in grant funding for projects that can strengthen intercity passenger rail, support capital projects and boost safety initiatives that may include the implemen- tation of positive train control, improved highway-rail grade crossings, and conges- tion mitigation. "These grants are important resources in the department's ongoing efforts to strengthen our nation's overall rail sys- tems, deploy positive train control and improve highway-rail grade crossings," U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said. The funding, made available through new grant programs, is authorized by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and funded through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017. These grants are expected to leverage pri- vate, state and local investments to boost a wide range of rail projects, including the potential for implementing positive train control, improving highway-rail grade crossings, mitigating congestion, repairing or replacing railroad assets, and enhancing intercity passenger rail transportation. At least 25 percent, or $17 million, of CRISI's $68 million in funding will be used for rural projects like highway-rail grade crossing improvement projects. Another $10 million is available for cer- tain capital projects like rail line reloca- tion and improvement or grade separation projects that contribute to the safe initia- tion or restoration of intercity passenger rail service. Nisus Announces New Hire, Promotion KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Nisus Corporation recently welcomed Jamey Gaston as vice INDUSTRY NEWS Industry in the Spotlight NEWS Scope Short Line Operator Earns Railroader Of The Year Award Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) Chairman, President and CEO John C. "Jack" Hellman was named the recipient of Railway Age's Railroader of the Year Award. Hellman received the award during an annual dinner of the Western Railway Club at the Union League Club of Chicago. Hellman, 47, leads the world's largest short line and regional railroad holding company and is among the industry's youngest chief executives. According to a report in Railway Age, Hellman oversees the company that has invested more than $2 billion in acquisi- tions and operating agreements. Hellman joined G&W in January 2000 and served as CFO through April 2005. He was named president in May 2005 and joined the board of directors in 2006 before becoming CEO in June 2007. Hellman addressed the group. "Looking ahead, I believe that short lines' next con- tribution to railroading will be to further enhance the customer experience, as we add more customer-friendly technology, expand our role in the supply chain and improve the ease of shipping by rail. In the words of my colleague Michael Miller's mentor at a Class I railroad, 'Boy, the raw economics of the steel wheel on steel rail has been overwhelm- ing management incompetence for longer than you've been alive.' So, we know we can always do better—and as the retail portion of the U.S. rail system, short lines can help pave the way toward the next generation of railroading. "When you lead a large organization like G&W, it is uncomfortable to receive individual recognition because you are under no illusion that your efficacy is entirely dependent on the efforts of your colleagues in every single position in the company. Railroading is an intricate team sport to begin with, and given G&W's wide reach across 122 railroads, 16,000 track miles, 41 U.S. states and 10 countries, we are utterly dependent on our 8,000 employees worldwide, from the depot manager in Alice Springs, Australia, to the mechanical shop team in Panama City, Fla., to the train driver in Glasgow, Scotland." Jack Hellman was honored as Railway Age' s Railroader of the Year at a recent ceremony in Chicago. Also honored at the event were 10 Railway Age Fast Tracker Award winners. These rising industry stars represent the best of the best in the under 40 individuals on the move in the railroad industry. For more on these up-and-comers, visit Page 16 of this Railway Age link https://issuu.com/railwayage/docs/railway_age_february_2018/1?e=5256929/58169787.

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