Author: William C. Vantuono

With Railway Age since 1992, William C. Vantuono has broadened and deepened the magazine's coverage of the technological revolution that is so swiftly changing the industry. He has also strengthened Railway Age’s leadership position in industry affairs with the conferences he conducts, among them Next-Generation Train Control, Light Rail, and Rail Insights. He is the author or co-author or editor of several books, among them All About Railroading; John Armstrong’s The Railroad: What It Is, What It Does; Railway Age’s Comprehensive Railroad Dictionary; and Planning, Engineering, and Operating Light Rail, With Applications in New Jersey.

SEPTA FY2025 Proposed Budget: $2.6B

SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) has proposed a $2.6 billion Fiscal Year 2025 budget consisting of a $1.74 billion Operating Budget and $922.8 million Capital Budget. Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro’s proposed $283

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Wabtec, ARTC Secure Agreement

Wabtec and ARTC (Australian Rail Track Corporation) have entered into an agreement to collaborate on digital technology for Australian rail system interoperability. Wabtec, whose I-ETMS-based Positive Train Control (PTC) onboard technology is

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Jim Foote, 1954-2024

James M. Foote, a third-generation railroader who began his career at 18 as a Soo Line nighttime mechanical department laborer in his native Superior, Wisc., died April 16. He was 70. Foote,

For Watco, C-Suite Changes

Watco has made several executive leadership changes that the company said “will refine its focus and simplify its mission.” The changes go into effect immediately. Nick Coomes is now Executive Vice President


STB Closes UP Embargo Docket

The Surface Transportation Board on April 17 issued findings and closed its proceeding in Oversight Hearing Pertaining to Union Pacific Railroad Company’s Embargoes, Docket No. EP 772. STB noted that “UP’s effort to

CSX Unveils First HFC Locomotive

A little less than one year ago, CSX partnered with CPKC (Canadian Pacific Kansas City) to develop hydrogen fuel cell (HFC)-powered locomotives. On April 16, CSX unveiled its first unit, a “groundbreaking”

NS Deploys Second DTI Portal

Norfolk Southern has deployed its second Digital Train Inspection Portal (DTI) in Jackson, Ga., on its Atlanta South District Subdivision, where approximately 19 trains pass through daily. Each portal features Machine Vision

Report: SCOTUS Passes on NS vs. STB Suit

The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) declined April 15 to hear Norfolk Southern’s challenge to a 2022 Surface Transportation Board ruling (Norfolk Southern Railway Co. v. Surface Transportation Board et al., case number 23-577, in