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NRC Bulletin - August 1, 2014 
Welcome New NRC Members
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 NRC Welcomes New Members Alternate Power Solutions, Cutting Edge Lawn Service & Landscaping, and Daley Mohan GrobleĀ 

Christian Jostlein of Holland LP Named Chairman of NRC Safety Committee

Rep. Richard Hudson Visits Aberdeen Carolina and Western Railway in Candor, NC

NRC Scholarship Program Applications Due August 30

NRC Conference Registration and Hotel Available Now

RFP from the State of Maryland for Private Partner to Build and Operate Purple Line

Elecnor Preselected for SCVTA Double Track Project
LACMTA's Board OKs Purple Line Extension Construction ContractNYMTA Proposes 2015 Budget, Four-Year Financial Plan and Additional Safety Measures

Progressive Railroading Features NRC Members Herzog Services, Holland, LB Foster, Plasser American, Georgetown Rail, Vossloh Signaling, and ENSCO Rail in Maintenance of Way Technology Roundup

KCS Announces Upper Level Promotions in its Operations Department
NTSB is Recruiting for a Deputy Director, Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations  

 NewMembersNRC Welcomes New Members Alternate Power Solutions, Cutting Edge Lawn Service & Landscaping, and Daley Mohan Groble


Alternate Power Solutions is a company specializing in electrical, generator, solar, and wind power installations. For more information visit their website at


Cutting Edge Lawn Service & Landscaping
provides commercial and municipal grounds and property maintenance services to clients in the rail, highway, and municipal industries. For more information visit their website at

Daley Mohan Groble has over 20 years of experience in railroad and rail transit construction company litigation. They work in all aspects of tort, FELA , and third-party litigation, and have expertise in OSHA compliance, worker's comp, employment law, environmental law and commercial litigation. They handle work for the Class I railroads as well as shortline railroads and their suppliers and partners.


If you have legal questions or need advice, contact Joel Cornfeld at Daley Mohan Groble by email at or by phone at 312-422-0784. For more information visit their website at 

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SafetyCmteChristian Jostlein of Holland LP Named Chairman of NRC Safety Committee  


The NRC is pleased to announce the appointment of Christian Jostlein, Safety Manager at Holland LP, as the new Chairman of the NRC Safety Committee. Jostlein replaces outgoing Chair Tammy Mathews, Corporate Safety, Health & Environmental Director at RailWorks Corporation, after her successful term as Chair expired.


NRC Board Chairman Bill Dorris of RailWorks Track Services appointed Jostlein at the recent NRC board meeting in Lake George, New York due to his increasingly active role on the Safety Committee and the safety culture he has helped foster during his time at Holland.

Chairman Dorris and the NRC staff want to thank outgoing Chair Tammy Mathews for her time and dedication both to safety and to the NRC Safety Committee. Mathews will remain active as the lead representative in various FRA RSAC working groups and as the NRC's representative on the FAMES Committee. During her tenure as Chair the NRC Safety Committee grew significantly in size and scope, undertaking an unprecedented amount of activities and increasing its status in the industry.


The NRC Safety Committee oversees the Safety Training DVD program, the NRC's participation in the Federal Railroad Administration's RSAC process, the Contractor Safety Award contest, the NRC's Roadway Worker Protection training materials, the Pocket Safety Manual, Tool Box Talks, and all of the NRC's other safety programs. The Committee interfaces with and leads the NRC's response to the FRA as they create regulations dealing with such key issues as minimum training standards for railroads and contractors performing maintenance-of-way work, drug and alcohol testing policies, medical standards for safety-critical workers, bridge safety, roadway worker protection regulation updates, roadway maintenance machine operating rules, rail integrity testing, rail safety technology in dark territory, Positive Train Control implementation, hours of service and track safety standards.


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 RepHudsonRep. Richard Hudson Visits Aberdeen Carolina and Western Railway in Candor, NC


From left to right: ACWR President Robert Menzies, Congressman Richard Hudson, NRC VP of Grassroots Advocacy & Events Ashley Bosch, ACWR VP of Marketing Russ Smitley, ACWR VP of Operations & General Manager Carl Hollowell

On July 18, U.S. Congressman Richard Hudson (R-NC-08) joined representatives from the Aberdeen Carolina and Western Railway (ACWR) and the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) for a tour of ACWR's facility in Candor, NC. Additional attendees included Mayor of Candor Philip Hearn, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation Director Ashley Kegel, Montgomery County Manager Matthew Woodard, Montgomery County Commissioner Jim McTheny, Montgomery County Community College Dean of Continuing Education Robin Coats, Montgomery County Community College Vice President of Curriculum Randy Gunter, and members of the local media.


The Congressman met with the ACWR executive team and their invited guests on a newly refurbished business train car, where they discussed the importance of the 45G short line railroad rehabilitation tax credit which creates a strong incentive for short line railroads to invest private sector dollars in upgrading critical freight railroad track. Later, the Congressman was led on a tour of ACWR's Candor facility and was briefed on the planned expansion of their locomotive yard. The event concluded with a train ride from the Candor facility to local poultry feeds, Perdue Farms and Mountaire Farms.


"This new facility is a huge boon to Montgomery County and the entire state of North Carolina" said Congressman Hudson. "Railroads are a critical component of our nation's infrastructure and help businesses expand their markets and bring goods to consumers everywhere. I am very excited about the jobs that will be supported and the contribution that ACWR will make to our state's economic development."


The ACWR is the largest privately held short line railroad in North Carolina, and it connects with both the CSX and Norfolk Southern national rail networks. ACWR lines run from Charlotte towards Raleigh, and extend south towards Pinehurst. Their freight customers manufacture and distribute various commodities including plastics, poultry, and dimensional lumber.  
This congressional visit was coordinated and executed by the NRC staff, for more information on NRC Grassroots Events, please visit:    

scholarshipNRC Scholarship Program Applications Due August 30


The NRC Scholarship Program application period is open to children or grandchildren of NRC members. The tuition assistance scholarships are in Memoriam of Vinnie Vaccarello  (former NRC Board Member and Co-President of All Railroad Services Corp.) and Patsy Crisafi (former NRC Safety Committee Member and Executive Vice President of Roadway Worker Training)


AMOUNT OF AWARDS: three scholarships will be awarded as follows: the first place applicant will receive $8,000, the second place applicant will receive $4,000, and the third place applicant will receive $2,000. 


Scholarship funds will be sent directly to the student at the beginning of the next term of study. Students must be in attendance for a full year following receipt of the award.


To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:

  • be a son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter of a current employee of an NRC member company; and
  • be enrolled at the time of application as a full-time college student at an accredited two-year college offering an associate's degree or an accredited college or university offering a bachelor's degree




A complete application and all accompanying materials must be sent via email no later than August 30, 2014 for consideration for the following academic term. Click here to download and view the NRC Scholarship application and criteria.


To make a donation to the NRC Scholarship Program in Memoriam of Vinnie Vaccarello and Patsy Crisafi, please make checks payable to "NRC Scholarship Fund" and send to: NRC, 500 New Jersey Ave, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20001


The NRC thanks past contributors to the Scholarship Program:  

ARS Corp.

Richard J. Zemencik & Nancy L. Zemencik (ARS Corp)

Land Clearing Specialists, Inc.

Roadway Worker Training

Thomas M. Lee & Lyria R. Lee

Van R. Sorrells (Dixie Precast)

William E. Tarvin & Karen L. Tarvin  


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ConferenceNRC Conference Registration and Hotel Available Now  

Registration is open for the NRC Conference & NRC-REMSA Exhibition - January 7-10, 2015 at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida.


Register online now at: or click here to download a pdf registration form.


NRC Membership - Conference registration and exhibit booths rates for NRC members are significantly discounted. If your company is not already a member of the NRC, you may join online at:


Exhibit booths are now available for the NRC-REMSA Exhibition. You can sign up for a booth at: The Exhibition begins Wednesday, January 7 in the evening and ends Friday, January 9 in the morning. Urszula Soucie of REMSA is your contact for all exhibition related questions - you can reach her at 202-715-2921 or


Hotel reservations can be made by calling the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa at 888-627-9057 or going to the following link to reserve online: When making your reservations by phone, be sure to mention that you are with the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Conference in order to receive the discounted room rate starting at $239 per night. This rate expires and our room block is opened for general sale on 12/19/14. This hotel block will most likely sell out long before that, so the sooner you book the better.  


For more information on the NRC Conference, visit


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RFPMDOTRFP from the State of Maryland for Private Partner to Build and Operate Purple Line

The Maryland DOT / Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT/MTA) announced the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Purple Line, a light rail line to be constructed in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.  MDOT/MTA is seeking to select a private-sector team to design, build, construct, finance, operate and maintain the Purple Line during a 35-year contract term.  Four teams, short-listed by MDOT/MTA in January, are eligible to submit proposals due on January 9, 2015.


The Purple Line is a 16-mile light rail line will run east-west inside the Capital Beltway between Bethesda in Montgomery County and New Carrollton in Prince George's County with 21 stations planned that will provide direct connections to Metrorail's Orange Line, Green Line and two branches of the Red Line, and the MARC Brunswick, Camden and Penn Lines.


The total project cost is $2.37b, with the private sector expected to invest between $500m and $900m.  A combination of federal, state and local monies also will be used to fund the project.


Following RFP proposal submissions on January 9, 2015, MDOT/MTA will select a preferred partner in Spring 2015 and recommend the final agreement to the Board of Public Works for its review and approval.  Construction would start later that year.  The primary RFP documents can be found at under Public-Private Partnerships.  For more information on the MTA , go to


ElecnorElecnor Preselected for SCVTA Double Track Project

Elecnor has been pre-selected by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (SCVTA) in California as contractor on double tracking the Mountain View single-track segment. The project forms part of the SCVTA's action plan to improve rail service on the southern section of the San Francisco peninsula over the next two years. With a cost estimated at $60 million on a number of proposals, Elecnor hopes to work on all phases of the project and is now finalizing a bid of around $25 million for the first project. The construction focuses on widening approximately .31 miles of track to be used as a siding facility, enabling the authority to operate express rail services with fewer halts.

Source: RT&S

LACMTALACMTA's Board OKs Purple Line Extension Construction Contract

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (LACMTA) board approved a $1.6 billion contract with the Skanska, Traylor and Shea joint venture to construct the 3.9-mile first phase of the Purple Line Extension subway.


The Purple Line project will extend the subway from its existing terminus at Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue to Wilshire and La Cienega Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Three new stations will be constructed at Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega. The project's first phase, with a total budget of $2.7 billion, is anticipated to open in 2023. 


The two firms that did not win the contract (Dragadi/Astaldi/Southland and Impregilo/Samsung/Salini) have filed protests with LACMTA. The board is allowed to award the contract pending the timely resolution of the protests.


Sources: Progressive Railroading, LACMTA

NYMTANYMTA Proposes 2015 Budget, Four-Year Financial Plan and Additional Safety Measures

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) unveiled a proposed FY2015 budget and four-year financial plan that includes $5.4b in funding capacity for the agency's capital program.

The four year plan includes the following investments:

  • $20m per year in new subway, bus and commuter-rail service
  • $125m over four years for new operational and maintenance needs
  • $6m per year has been allocated as both MTA Long Island Rail Road and MTA Metro-North Railroad continue to implement positive train control.
  • $363m over the four-year plan period for major investments in customer, employee and public safety. These investments would focus on customer and employee safety and training ($46m per year), increased track and right-of-way inspections and repairs ($21m per year), upgrades and repairs to signals and signal systems ($8m per year), and enhanced safety systems and communications with customers and employees ($3m per year).

The 2015 budget includes $84m in safety initiatives. MTA New York City Transit Track Division expects to bolster inspections and maintenance of critical track corridors and dedicate additional teams for rapid defect verification and rail replacement. Investments will support additional technology for automated inspections as work continues on full installation of continuous-welded rail.


The Signals Division will receive additional resources and staffing analysis identified a need for additional signal maintainers to complete critical inspections and maintenance in required cycles. Resources also will be dedicated to ensure critical fire safety and communications equipment are inspected and maintained, including the new Help Point intercoms that are currently being installed.


For more information, go to  


Source: Progressive Railroading, NYMTA 



PRTechProgressive Railroading Features NRC Members Herzog Services, Holland, LB Foster, Plasser American, Georgetown Rail, Vossloh Signaling, and ENSCO Rail in Maintenance of Way Technology Roundup

In Progressive Railroading's July Maintenance of Way Technology Roundup, NRC Members Herzog Services, Holland LP, LB Foster, Plasser American, Georgetown Rail, Vossloh Signaling, and ENSCO Rail are featured.


For the full article please visit  


Source: Progressive Railroading

KCSKCS Announces Upper Level Promotions in its Operations Department  

Kansas City Southern announced several organizational changes within its operations department:


Promoted Mike Naatz from SVP and CIO to SVP of operations support and CIO. Naatz joined KCSR in 2012 and has 20 years of transportation experience. He previously served as president of YRCW subsidiary USF Holland, and chief customer officer and chief information and service officer for YRCW, and held various other IT and operations leadership posts at YRCW and USF.


The following four executives now will report to Naatz: VP of Network Design Greg Walling; VP of Mechanical Operations Gary Jarboe; VP of IT Wayne Godlewski; and Director of Process Improvement Matt Bommarito.


KCS promoted Jeff Songer from VP and chief engineer to SVP of engineering and chief transportation officer. A 12-year veteran of the construction and finance industries, Songer joined KCS in 2005 and was promoted to VP and chief engineer in 2012. In addition to his engineering department direct reports, VP of Transportation and Safety Steve Truitt and AVP of Network Operations Mike Curry now will report to Songer.


Steve Truitt, previously the VP of safety training and standards, is now the VP of transportation and safety. In addition to his safety and training department direct reports, AVPs Chad Devenney of the Midwest Division, Rick Pennington of the Southeast Division and Richard Bartoskewitz of the Southwest Division will report to Truitt, who joined KCSR in 2011 after holding various operations positions for 31 years at CSX Transportation and Union Pacific Railroad.

Two other managers will relocate from Truitt's department to the administration and corporate affairs department: AVP and Chief of Police Al Rawls and Public Safety Director Danny Lites, both of whom will continue to report to Executive VP of Administration and Corporate Affairs Warren Erdman. Director of Environmental and Hazmat Carl Akins also will move to Truitt's department, but now will report to AVP of Facilities and Heritage Operations Doug Banks.


Sources: Progressive Railroading, KCS


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 NTSBNTSB is Recruiting for a Deputy Director, Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations

The National Transportation Safety Board is advertising for a position that will serve as the full deputy and key advisor to the Director in leading to reduce the number of railroad, pipeline, and hazardous materials accidents. The Deputy Director participates fully in managing all functions of the office to direct and ensure quality assurance for investigations, reports, and oversight activities. Implements a safety recommendation advocacy program. Assists the Director in managing functions to ensure high quality technical investigations and products. Provides leadership for the development of comprehensive accident reports and effective recommendation that address key safety issues to improve transportation safety. For details on duties and qualification requirements, please see the vacancy announcement on USAJOBS at: Point of contact for this vacancy: Ivania Blanco of the NTSB Human Resources Division via email at or at (202) 314-6230. For more information about the NTSB, click here:


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