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Construction under way on NY Penn expansion More than a half-century after the cashed-strapped, bankruptcy-headed Pennsylvania Railroad demolished the original, spacious and beautiful Pennsylvania Station New York, selling the air rights to developers and leaving a largely maligned, overcrowded underground complex in its place, construction is finally under way to transform the former Farley Post Office Building, across Eighth Avenue from Penn Station, into a grand new train station.
CSX, customers and STB: The letters keep flying According to numerous observers, CSX service continues to deteriorate, threatening to affect other railroads and, by extension, the economy. Some customers have taken to giving rail traffic to competitor Norfolk Southern. Others, without any other rail options, have moved over to trucks. And some have petitioned the Surface Transportation Board and the House and Senate committees with responsibility for rail transportation to get involved. Letters from all sides have been circulating on Capitol Hill.
Turnaround exec to lead MBTA as GM/CEO The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has named Luis Manuel Ramírez as its next General Manager/Chief Executive, effective Sept. 12. Ramírez, who will succeed Interim GM Steve Poftak, is credited with successful turnarounds at some of the nation's largest corporations through his 30-year business career.
Intermodal up 5.1% in AAR weekly carloads Total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 548,790 carloads and intermodal units for the week ending August 12, up 2.75% compared with the same week in 2016.
STB requests CSX performance data The Surface Transportation Board on August 14 requested that CSX submit weekly specific service performance data to the Board's Rail Customer and Public Assistance office for purposes of ongoing calls between CSX senior management and STB staff.

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August 16, 2017
The luster is fading from Hunter Harrison’s “Dr. Fixit” image faster than an old jalopy’s back-alley paint job. His boisterous March arrival as CEO of CSX put in motion warp-speed, backfiring directives changing culture, operating practices and marketing practices.
fifty-shades-of-shipper-vexation
August 14, 2017
The 50 shades of vexation venting from self-described captive shippers over delay by the Surface Transportation Board (STB) in considering their petitions to dilute rail regulatory freedoms is matched only by their asserting last year a contradictory 50 shades of encouragement that the Board do...
gateway-chess-game-stalls-batory-fra-confirmation
August 05, 2017
Confirmation of career-railroader Ronald L. Batory as Federal Railroad Administrator has been delayed by New Jersey and New York’s Senate delegation—Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Kirsten Gillibrand ((D-N.Y.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)—over what they say is concern that the federal government will...
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August 03, 2017
The quest to concoct a workable rubber-tired replacement for steel-wheel light rail transit (LRT)—on standard steel rails—seems eternal. Several variants of running a “tram on tires,” typically with some configuration of a center guiderail, have been developed.
hunter-harrison-responds-to-railway-age
July 28, 2017
CSX President and CEO E. Hunter Harrison, our two-time Railroader of the Year, reached out to me personally following publication of my blog, in this space, asking about the events at CSX since he took over the railroad. What I wrote was based solely on...

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