New Orleans Public Belt Railroad selects GE Transportation’s Optimization Solutions for Railroad Transportation Management and

  New Orleans Public Belt Railroad selects GE Transportation’s Optimization
  Solutions for Railroad Transportation Management and Railcar Repair and

  *Optimization Solutions support New Orleans Public Belt’s complex rail
    operations that ultimately serve one-third of the U.S.
  *Software installation integrates rail yard and railcar repair shops and
    includes mobile technology for data capture where and when work occurs
  *Car Hire Accounting System provides compliance with AAR requirements and
    state tax regulations

Business Wire

ATLANTA -- February 21, 2013

GE Transportation’s Optimization Solutions, a leading provider of
transportation management software and analytics to the railroad industry,
announced today that New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (NOPB) has signed an
agreement to deploy GE’s software applications for railroad transportation
management and railcar repair and maintenance.

Under the agreement, GE’s RailConnect® Transportation Management System (TMS)
will support NOPB’s daily, mission-critical rail operations, increase
automation, and drive productivity. In addition the RailConnect Car Hire
System will manage accounting payables to automate car hire processing which
provides prompt and accurate reclaims and transfers. The Car Hire Accounting
System complies with AAR requirements and state tax regulations.

NOPB will also deploy ExpressYard® software to manage railcar repair and
maintenance. ExpressYard will allow NOPB personnel to capture freight car
inspection information when and where the work occurs, enabling railcar repair
data to be processed more efficiently.

In addition, NOPB will use Business Intelligence (BI) to improve operating
decisions that optimize business outcomes. BI will help NOPB analyze and
report operating metrics that enable better service and support to customers.

According to John Morrow, NOPB Interim General Manager, “Migration to GE’s
system represents a move to the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and integrated
rail yard and railcar repair shop management system available. GE’s solution
is used by over 400 short line railroads across the United States, and the
NOPB Railroad is pleased to be able to offer its capabilities to its

Peter Thomas, GE Transportation’s Optimization Solutions General Manager, said
“We are extremely pleased to have New Orleans Public Belt Railroad as a
customer. Our products deliver a comprehensive suite of rail transportation
solutions to meet NOPB’s unique and complex operating needs.”

The New Orleans Public Belt Railroad is a terminal switching railroad, owned
by the City of New Orleans. NOPB, which operates over 123 miles of track,
including 37.5 miles of main line track, with 11 locomotives, connects with
six Class I railroads, and provides switching and haulage service. It is
estimated that one third of the east-west rail freight in the United States
crosses the Mississippi on the Huey P. Long Bridge segment of the railroad.
The railroad is managed by the Public Belt Railroad Commission, which also
owns and maintains the Huey P. Long Bridge.

About Optimization Solutions from GE Transportation

GE Transportation - Optimization Solutions is a leading provider of
transportation management software and analytics to the railroad industry.
Optimization Solutions offers integrated rail transportation solutions for
enterprise-wide data integration and sharing. Optimization Solutions solve the
world’s toughest rail transportation challenges by leveraging in-depth
knowledge of rail operations, intermodal terminal operating systems, and
multi-modal transportation management to provide Software as a Service and
licensed solutions to railroads and industrial shippers. Optimization
Solutions software is used to manage rail and intermodal operations, signal
and communication assets, railcar repair billing and inventory, and
multi-modal visibility, planning, and execution for industrial shippers and
logistics service providers. For more information please visit

About GE Transportation

GE Transportation, a unit of GE (NYSE: GE), solves the world’s toughest
transportation challenges. GE Transportation builds equipment that moves the
rail, mining and marine industries. Our fuel-efficient and lower-emissions
freight and passenger locomotives, diesel engines for rail, marine and
stationary power applications, signaling and software solutions, drive systems
for mining trucks, and value-added services help customers grow. GE
Transportation is headquartered in Erie, Penn., and employs approximately
12,000 employees worldwide.


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