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Autonomous trucks: Sooner than you think Semi-autonomous Level 3 trucks will be ubiquitous on America’s highways within 5-10 years; driverless Level 5 vehicles some time after that, according to Cowen and Company Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor Jason Seidl. Cowen’s analysis by its various sector heads looks at potential impacts on the freight transportation industry, including railroads.
New Year sets record for Port of LA The Port of Los Angeles marked the busiest January in its history as overall container traffic surged 17.4% from the same month a year ago.
CSX extends deadline for board nominations again Amid a change at the top, announced layoffs and presumptive talks regarding new leadership, CSX Corp. has again extended its deadline for board nominations.
Weekly gain for U.S. rail freight volumes Rail traffic in the United States for the week ending Feb. 18 totaled 531,123 carloads and intermodal units, up 6.8% from the same week in 2016.
Greenbrier rolls out 100,000th intermodal car The Greenbrier Companies announced production of its 100,000th intermodal double-stack railcar in January.

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February 24, 2017
Progress Rail announced it has successfully completed initial emissions testing of a new switching locomotive, the EMD24B, and has begun the process of certifying the locomotive for EPA Tier 4 emissions standards. Rated at 2,000 horsepower, the EMD24B comes equipped with...
metro-north-zipcar-launch-car-sharing-initiative
February 24, 2017
MTA Metro-North Railroad and Zipcar, a leading provider of vehicle sharing services, on Feb. 24 launched the Hudson Valley Car Share initiative at nine train stations in New York State’s Hudson Valley. Passengers “can conveniently take a Zipcar from the...
autonomous-trucks-sooner-than-you-think
February 24, 2017
Semi-autonomous Level 3 trucks will be ubiquitous on America’s highways within 5-10 years; driverless Level 5 vehicles some time after that, according to Cowen and Company Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor Jason Seidl. Cowen’s analysis by...
acec-honors-gateway-engineering-team
February 24, 2017
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) has presented a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement to the New York City-based team of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, STV and AECOM for developing the system-level design of Amtrak’s Gateway Project,...
william-clark-joins-rn-coal-group
February 24, 2017
Reading & Northern Railroad has named William Clark as Senior Vice President Coal, where he will be responsible for managing the anthracite coal business, as well as the railroad’s freight car fleet of more than 1,200 cars. His appointment is...

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caltrain-electrification-delay-everyone-loses
February 25, 2017
As we’ve been reporting and editorializing on for the past couple of weeks, Caltrain’s electrification project has been jeopardized by a delay of federal funding that is based on the state’s Republican delegation’s efforts to shut down the only-loosely connect high-speed rail program.
rail-transit-funding-vs-mob-psychology
February 22, 2017
The carnage has begun. No, not the “carnage” that our malignantly narcissistic President declared in his Inauguration Day campaign bloviation (“16 minutes of hooey and horse hockey about corrupt politicians betraying the people, and American carnage, and patriotism healing our division, though the division is...
it’s-getting-a-bit-windy-around-jacksonville
February 17, 2017
Press releases disguised as letters? Or letters disguised as press releases? In a corporate power struggle, either method can be deployed with the intent of influencing shareholders. Both sides in the power struggle tend to get rather long-winded, to put it politely.
new-potentially-disruptive-businesses
February 14, 2017
This is Jim Blaze, rail economist and teacher—sometimes a reporter; always one who questions. I’m concerned about how the “Big 7” railroads are going to address their next five to ten years of market position, taking the wealth they created, and turning it into an...
congress-a-noisy-hall-with-a-nightly-brawl
February 13, 2017
With early indications that the Trump Administration is a political version of the Jerry Springer show, expect an atypical legislative session, with the Republican majority sometimes in open conflict with a Republican President who is unpredictable, impetuous, lacking previous government experience and quick to take...

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