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Gateway: Ball is in Trump’s (and Chao’s) court Outgoing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Dec. 14 said that have agreed that their states and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have agreed to contribute $5.55 billion toward the Gateway Program—50% of the massive project’s cost, and placing responsibility with President Donald Trump and the U.S. Department of Transportation to contribute the remaining half.
NCFO union ratifies freight rail contract Members of the National Conference of Firemen & Oilers have ratified their tentative contract agreement with the nation’s major freight railroads.
Harrison on medical leave, CSX names Foote acting CEO CSX Corp. said that Chief Executive Officer and President E. Hunter Harrison is on medical leave due to unexpected complications from a recent illness.
LIRR 3rd track project goes to 3TC The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (MTA) board has approved a $1.8 billion design-build contract for 3rd Track Constructors (3TC) to complete work on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) expansion project.
Amtrak promotes, adds new executives Amtrak announced a number of appointments – all vice presidents – as part of its recent reorganization under new President and Co-CEO Richard Anderson. The changes come one month after Amtrak offered current staff buyouts as part of a Voluntary Separation Incentive Program as it streamlines staffing.

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culture-wars-part-3
December 12, 2017
The National Transportation Safety Board, in its investgation into the April 3, 2016 fatal train accident involving Amtrak train 89 and maintenance-of-way equipment at Chester, Pa., made some damning determinations. I do mean damning, as in “leave your pass with the secretary, clean out your...
$afety-culture?
December 11, 2017
I read with interest Railway Age’s most recent reporting of the failure of Amtrak’s safety culture. From a retired employee’s perspective, let’s admit that the “S” in safety is a dollar sign. Railroads institutionally (not just Amtrak) preach safety but practice inconsistency when it comes...
guest-blog-ntsb-missed-the-mark
December 06, 2017
The NTSB analysis of the 2016 Amtrak backhoe accident on the Northeast Corridor at Chester, Pa., that killed two m/w workers and injured 39 has missed the mark. This incident is by no means the first of its kind.
santa-baby-don’t-forget-the-stb
December 06, 2017
For 54 weeks beginning in 2003, Roger Nober was the lone member of the Surface Transportation Board (STB), tormented that if he discussed cases with himself he would violate the Government in Sunshine Act, which prohibits a quorum from discussing anything of substance outside a...
ratifications-make-rail-strike-unlikely
December 01, 2017
The probability of a national railroad strike has likely been reduced to single digits with ratification of a new national wage, benefits and work rules agreement by four rail unions comprising more than half of unionized rail workers.

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