First Transit, Rio Grande Pacific, CTC, Inc. awarded DCTA A-train operations contract

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Fort Worth, Texas (July 20, 2016) – Rio Grande Pacific Corporation (RGPC), a privately-held railroad holding company  operating four short lines in six states, and its wholly-owned subsidiary CTC, Inc. (CTC), a provider of signaling, communications and train control systems, products and services to the rail industry, together announced today the successful collaboration with First Transit, Inc. in the award of  the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) contract from Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA).

First Transit, the North American arm of UK-based FirstGroup plc and one of the largest private sector providers of public transit management and contracting in the U.S., will serve as the prime contractor. Fort Worth-based RGPC and CTC will support First as service partners and provide dispatching, maintenance of way and signaling services. The new contract, which runs for nine years with an additional five-year option, begins on October 1.

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Nebraska Central Railroad Appoints Julie Greve Manager of Marketing, Customer Relations

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Norfolk, Nebraska — Julie Greve’s long professional career has been based on a simple strategy: “Treat customers how you would want them to treat you.”

Her customer service skills were accumulated by hands-on experience as a customer service representative with Nebraska Central Railroad Corporation (NCRC).
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AAR REPORTS WEEKLY RAIL TRAFFIC FOR THE WEEK ENDING JUNE 18, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jun. 22, 2016 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jun. 18, 2016.

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 516,096 carloads and intermodal units, down 6.3 percent compared with the same week last year.

Total carloads for the week ending Jun. 18 were 250,748 carloads, down 8.5 percent compared with the same week in 2015, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 265,348 containers and trailers, down 4.2 percent compared to 2015.

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AAR REPORTS WEEKLY RAIL TRAFFIC FOR MAY AND WEEK ENDING MAY 28, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 1, 2016 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported weekly U.S. rail traffic, as well as volumes for May 2016.

Carload traffic in May totaled 962,571 carloads, down 10.3 percent or 110,678 from May 2015. U.S. railroads also originated 1,049,631 containers and trailers in May 2016, down 3.3 percent or 36,365 units from the same month last year. For May 2016, combined U.S. carload and intermodal originations were 2,012,202, down 6.8 percent or 147,043 carloads and intermodal units from May 2015.
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Fast Track Award Winner 2016

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Nebraska Central Railroad Company has been selected as a 2016 Fast Track Award winner by GE Transportation. The Fast Track Award recognizes customers who achieved measurable success through the use of GE Transportation’s software and solutions, and your results set you apart as an innovator in the rail and rail shipper industry. We will be accepting this award in Atlanta, GA on June 20, 2015 at the GE Client Conference.

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American Short Line and Regional Railroad Safety Person of the Year – Taylor Kelley

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Congratulations to our very own Taylor Kelley on being named the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s 2015 Safety Person of the Year! This prestigious award is given in recognition of Taylor’s outstanding leadership and tireless efforts in the promotion of safety awareness, programs and initiatives at Nebraska Central Railroad and Rio Grande Pacific Corporation.
Please join us in congratulating Taylor on the honor of Safety Person of the Year!!!
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American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association 2015 Jake Awards

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Congratulations…
Idaho Northern & Pacific Railroad – Jake Award with Distinction
Nebraska Central Railroad – Jake Award
New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway – Jake Award with Distinction
Wichita, Tillman & Jackson Railway – Jake Award with Distinction
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AAR REPORTS WEEKLY RAIL TRAFFIC FOR MARCH AND WEEK ENDING APRIL 2, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 6, 2016 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported weekly U.S. rail traffic, as well as volumes for March 2016.

Carload traffic in March totaled 1,196,167 carloads, down 14.2 percent or 198,737 from March 2015. U.S. railroads also originated 1,250,925 containers and trailers in March 2016, down 7.7 percent or 104,343 units from the same month last year. For March 2016, combined U.S. carload and intermodal originations were 2,447,092, down 11 percent or 303,080 carloads and intermodal units from March 2015.
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Short Line of the Year: New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway

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How does a railroad realize a 50% improvement in train velocity while adding new customers and expanding facilities, and do all of that with no FRA-reportable injuries? The key is teamwork, one of the many reasons why the New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway is our 2016 Short Line of the Year. Here’s the NO&GC story, as told by General Manager Scott Wollack:
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Rio Grande Pacific CIO Jason Brown featured in BizTech Magazine

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RGPC’s CIO talks technology behind the remote worker revolution with BizTech’s Wylie Wong

Rio Grande Pacific Corp. (RGPC), in Fort Worth, Texas, has expanded over the years. Today, CIO Jason Brown supports 26 offices and 350 employees across six states.

The holding company, which owns four railroads and a railroad signal engineering and design business, launched a hosted dispatch center in January 2015, providing 24/7 dispatch services for other small railroads.

To simplify IT management, Brown standardized on two configurations of HP EliteDesk desktop computers and two configurations of HP EliteBook notebooks.

When a remote office needs new hardware, the IT staff doesn’t need to travel to the onsite location for setup.

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