Nebraska Central Dispatching, with Fort Worth ownership, adds to portfolio

Nebraska Central Dispatching Services, wholly owned by Fort Worth-based Rio Grande Pacific Corp., has added two new dispatching partnerships.

The deal sees Denton County Transportation Authority’s A-train and the Dakota Southern Railway Co. join Nebraska Central Dispatching’s growing contract dispatching portfolio, comprised of short line, commuter and freight railroads.

The Fort Worth-based dispatch center currently supports about 1,100 crew starts, while typically issuing more than 1,800 track warrants and 200 bulletins each month.

“The goal of any dispatching team is to safely and efficiently dispatch any Railroad while trying to mitigate any delays,” said Tres Meyer, chief operating officer, commenting in a news release.

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The firm’s dispatching team comprises 10 dispatchers with more than 100 years of combined experience on various Class 1, short line and commuter railroads, according to company information.

“The addition of DCTA [Denton County Transportation Authority] and DSRC [Dakota Southern Railway Co. ] provides a nice complement to our growing portfolio of dispatching partnerships, and we look forward to working with both lines,” Meyer said.

On October 1, Nebraska Central Dispatching assumed dispatching services for the Denton County agency as part of the commencement of DCTA’s new operations and maintenance agreement with First Transit, the North American arm of UK-based First Group plc.

The A-train, a 21-mile regional rail system connecting Denton and Dallas counties, provides service to five stations within Denton County and carries more than 500,000 passengers each year.