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AAR: Traffic on the mend; safety continues upward trend Rail freight traffic continues to recover this year, and the industry posted its safest year on record last year, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported on March 22. Coal continues to recover at a strong pace.
Mock-up of new Boston Orange Line car unveiled Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack visited the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) depot at Wellington on March 21 to view a mock up of the CRRC metro car for Boston’s Orange Line.
Sound Transit: Trump budget a “body blow” The Trump Administration’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which would eliminate the Federal Transit Administration New Starts grant program that supports building new mass transit projects around the country, “would cause far-reaching impacts on the construction of voter-approved projects in the Puget Sound region,” Sound Transit said on March 21.
February containers surge at Georgia ports The Georgia Ports Authority saw its busiest February for total cargo, moving 2.94 million tons across all docks in February, up 10% from the same month in 2016, and second all-time only to January's 3.01 million tons.
Norfolk Southern safety train to visit 23 cities Norfolk Southern's safety train will stop in 23 cities during 2017 as part of its Operation Awareness & Response (OAR) program, which provides first responders with free training on how to respond to a railroad incident.

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March 23, 2017
Union Pacific announced it is consolidating its Pocatello Service Unit management with its Portland and Utah service units, effective April 1. Five management positions will be reassigned to other locations as the company continues aligning operations to meet customer demands amid...
canadian-national-trucker-tfi-renew-agreement-for-intermodal-service
March 23, 2017
Canadian National and motor carrier TFI International are renewing their collaboration to grow domestic intermodal business in markets across Canada. The long-term partnership offers a range of best-in-class services, including truckload, less-than-truckload and package and courier. "Over the last five years, TFI...
aar-traffic-on-the-mend-safety-continues-upward-trend
March 22, 2017
Rail freight traffic continues to recover this year, and the industry posted its safest year on record last year, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported on March 22. Coal continues to recover at a strong pace. Total U.S. rail traffic...
georgia-ports-deploy-neo-panamax-container-cranes
March 22, 2017
The Georgia Ports Authority commissioned the first of four new neo-panamax ship-to-shore container cranes at its Garden City Terminal, Savannah. The GPA’s roster now totals 23 cranes, with three more scheduled to come online. "Expanding our capabilities means we are able to...
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March 22, 2017
Cowen and Company analyst Matt Elkott has upgraded American Railcar Industries (ARI) to Outperform from Market Perform, “as earnings and fundamentals have not only remained stable but improved further on the frac sand front. Our confidence in our above-consensus estimates...

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March 16, 2017
Two months into the Trump Administration, the Washington Post says his nomination process, leading to Senate confirmation, is moving more slowly than any in history. The New York Times describes “dust piling up in key offices … critical power centers in [Trump’s] government devoid of...
labor’s-double-down-bet-on-trump
March 14, 2017
With collective bargaining between 13 labor unions and the nation’s Class I freight railroads (plus some regionals and short lines) over wages, benefits and work rules in its third fitful year, the National Mediation Board (NMB) could declare an impasse as early as late 2017.
punitive-enforcement-does-not-drive-improved-safety
March 06, 2017
Late last year, the Federal Railroad Administration announced that safety fines in 2016 were the highest in agency’s 50-year history, surpassing the previous record-breaking year in 2015 and suggesting the ever-increasing safety successes enjoyed by our industry could be tied to such punitive measures.
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March 06, 2017
Now that Michael Ward has retired as CEO of CSX, he will remain in Jacksonville and continue the work that he loves as much as running a railroad—giving back to the community.
please-don’t-toss-the-angus-burgers-ok?
March 03, 2017
I travel between the New York metro area and Washington D.C. several times a year on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor trains, and I always treat myself to one of those tasty Angus cheeseburgers from the Café Car. Over the years, Amtrak has changed the offerings, but...

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