For DCTA, New Commuter Rail Operations, DMU Maintenance Contracts

The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) Board has approved the assignment of an operations and maintenance management contract to Rio Grande Pacific Corp. (RGPC) for its 21-mile A-Train commuter rail service connecting the Texas counties of Denton and Dallas. RGPC has selected Stadler U.S., Inc. to maintain the 11 GTW 2/6 diesel multiple-units (DMU), which the railcar manufacturer supplied for the A-Train’s 2011 launch. Under the DCTA agreement, partners RGPC and Stadler U.S., Inc. are taking over the remaining five years of a nine-year fixed-price contract, with a five-year extension option. Six DCTA management employees and 14 engineers and conductors have transitioned to RGPC, and 12 DCTA mechanical and support employees have joined Stadler. RGPC President Robert Bach said the selection of Stadler U.S., Inc., which holds a similar service contract at Dallas Area Rapid Transit, “will be a model for both companies as we look to the future in the commuter rail industry.” Read the full press release here....
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Denton County Transportation Authority Announces a New A-Train Operations and Maintenance Contractor

On October 22, 2020 DCTA board approved the assignment of the contract for the management of its A-Train operations and maintenance to RGPC. RGPC will provide operations and maintenance of tracks, signaling, dispatching, and communications. RGPC has retained Stadler U.S. Inc. to maintain the rolling stock. DCTA’s A-train is a 21-mile commuter line linking Denton communities to the full Dallas transit system. “We’re looking forward to our partnership with Rio Grande Pacific for the management of our A-train rail operations and maintenance, which will enable us to continue providing quality passenger-focused rail service for the many communities we serve,” DCTA Deputy CEO Kristina Holcomb said. Read the full press release here.  ...
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Uinta Basin Railway Project to Advance

Drexel Hamilton Infrastructure Partners, LP (DHIP) and the state of Utah’s Seven County Infrastructure Coalition (Coalition) today executed an agreement to advance the Uinta Basin Railway, which will serve the mineral, agricultural, and construction industries of northeastern Utah’s Uinta Basin. Under the agreement, DHIP will purchase the Coalition’s intellectual property funded by Utah’s Community Impact Board, and DHIP will have the exclusive right to develop the railway. The Coalition is an independent political subdivision of the state of Utah with seven member counties in eastern and central Utah: Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, San Juan, Sevier, and Uintah. Read the full press release here....
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Denton County Transportation Authority Announces a New A-Train Operations and Maintenance Contractor

On October 22, 2020 DCTA board approved the assignment of the contract for the management of its A-Train operations and maintenance to RGPC. RGPC will provide operations and maintenance of tracks, signaling, dispatching, and communications. RGPC has retained Stadler U.S. Inc. to maintain the rolling stock. DCTA’s A-train is a 21-mile commuter line linking Denton communities to the full Dallas transit system. “We’re looking forward to our partnership with Rio Grande Pacific for the management of our A-train rail operations and maintenance, which will enable us to continue providing quality passenger-focused rail service for the many communities we serve,” DCTA Deputy CEO Kristina Holcomb said. Read the full press release here....
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Rail operator proposes to move Utah heavy oil to U.S. Gulf Coast

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Investor Drexel Hamilton Infrastructure Partners LP and rail operator Rio Grande Pacific Corp on Friday disclosed plans to build a $1.5 billion rail line that would transport heavy crude from Utah to connections to the U.S. Gulf Coast. Drexel Hamilton and Rio Grande officials said the project aims to deliver about 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Uinta basin crude to Gulf Coast refineries looking to replace heavy oil supplies from Venezuela. “The Uinta has only been restricted from Gulf Coast and overseas refiners as a result of limited takeaway capacity,” said Mark Michel, a managing partner at private equity fund Drexel Hamilton. “We are going to change that.” Uinta Basin oil now is trucked to Salt Lake City refineries because it is too thick to put into a pipeline, Robert Bach, president of Rio Grande said in an interview. “This (Gulf Coast) market is much bigger.” Read the full release here....
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First Transit, Rio Grande Pacific, CTC, Inc. awarded DCTA A-train operations contract

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. “When this procurement was released, First committed to providing DCTA with the finest coalition of local service partners whose...
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