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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.
CTC allocates $60 million to California rail projects The California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated more than $217 million to 72 projects in the state including more than $60 million for state rail projects.
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.

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ctc-allocates--million-to-california-rail-projects
March 24, 2017
The California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated more than $217 million to 72 projects in the state including more than $60 million for state rail projects. "Caltrans is working to ensure every dollar counts when it comes to California's transportation infrastructure," said...
you-wont-knuckle-under-with-strato
March 24, 2017
Strato, Inc.’s StratoMAX F51AE F-Style knuckle has passed the Association of American Railroads (AAR) M-216 fatigue life cycle test. This specification requires an average fatigue life of at least 600,000 cycles. “The addition of our M-216 F-knuckle to the StratoMAX product...
cn-plans-to-buy-back-shares
March 24, 2017
Canadian National announced plans to repurchase up to 1.8 million of its common shares of stock as part of a repurchase program. The railroad in a statement said the purchase will form part of the Normal Course Issuer Bid for up...
parsons-adds-strong-as-rail-lead
March 24, 2017
David Strong has joined Parsons as vice president and Rail Systems Lead for the New York and New Jersey region. Strong focuses on the current and future needs and challenges of the NY/NJ Metro Area, policy and procedure development, and project...
septa-crrc
March 23, 2017
Pressed to accommodate surging ridership, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is buying 45 bi-level coaches from China Railway Rolling Stock Corp. (CRRC) valued at $137.5 million. The plan was expected to be approved by the SEPTA Board meeting Thursday, March 23. The...

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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.
michael-ward-railroader-and-philanthropist
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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