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Rail News: Railroading Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Dewberry, HNTB, Roadrunner, Alstom and Trimble (Jan. 23)
Service provider Dewberry has promoted Rachel Vandenberg from national director of ports and intermodal to senior vice president in Long Beach, California. She has five years’ experience with Dewberry and has overseen the growth and expansion of the firm’s ports and intermodal practice in California, Florida, New York, North Carolina and Virginia. Vandenberg’s experience includes multimodal projects and her areas of expertise include port facilities; freight; intercity, light-, high-speed and commuter rail; streetcar systems; and bus rapid transit. She is a member of the American Association of Port Authorities, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association, Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors, International Association of Ports and Harbors and WTS International.
HNTB Corp. has appointed Eric Nelson principal planner in its Virginia Beach, Virginia, office. He has nearly 25 years of transit, rail, and strategic and environmental planning experience. Nelson will work with clients across the region to plan and implement multimodal solutions, HNTB officials said in a press release. Prior to joining HNTB, Nelson worked for other consulting firms serving regional transit authorities, municipal transportation departments and public agencies.
C.H. Robinson recently chose Roadrunner Intermodal Services as its 2018 New Carrier of the Year. The award recognizes the intermodal services provider’s efforts to "consistently deliver flexible and dependable drayage solutions," C.H. Robinson officials said in a press release. A partner carrier with C.H. Robinson in the Reno, Nevada, area, Roadrunner Intermodal Services handles freight moving to and from inland rail ramps in Sparks, Nevada, and Lathrop and Stockton, California. Roadrunner Intermodal Services' on-time performance last year exceeded 99 percent, C.H. Robinson officials said.
Alstom has improved its climate change score from a "B" to an "A-" in the CDP’s latest survey. Formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, the CDP manages a global disclosure system that enables businesses, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts. The organization awards grades relative to peer companies from the industrial, electrical equipment and machinery sectors. Meanwhile, Alstom also was ranked as one of the 100 Most Sustainable Companies in the World by Corporate Knights, a corporate social responsibility magazine. The ranking demonstrates the company's commitment to sustainable mobility and underlines its climate change policies and strategy, Alstom officials said in a press release. In September 2018, Alstom was selected for the eighth consecutive year in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index-World and Europe, which recognizes sustainability efforts.
Trimble announced Norwegian state-owned train leasing company Norske tog AS chose the Trimble® E2M engineering asset and maintenance management system to manage data related to its leased rail vehicles. The system is designed to provide an information overview of key rail asset data, maintenance programs and maintenance history. Norske tog plans to use the Trimble E2M system to monitor maintenance status and access information from franchisees on its leased rail vehicles. "This will enable Norske tog to allocate and approve maintenance work, update technical documentation and maintenance programs, and receive maintenance history from franchisees' maintenance management systems," Trimble officials said in a press release. The system also will ensure Norske tog meets government and regulatory agency requirements, they said.
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