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MTS gambles on new revenue source San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Green Line passengers can’t play slots, Poker or Bingo aboard the San Diego Trolley (well, maybe on their mobile devices). However, the LRT line that can get them to an area gambling casino will be carrying that establishment’s name.
Weekly carloads gain, no thanks to coal Total U.S. rail traffic was 548,264 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.1% for the week ending Oct. 14 compared with the same week in 2016, according to the Association of American Railroads.
Cowen railcar survey “largely neutral” The results of Cowen and Company’s Third-Quarter 2017 Railcar Survey are a “net neutral,” based on several factors, according to Vice President Matt Elkott. The percentage of shippers responding to the survey planning to order railcars in the next 12 months declined slightly, but increased on a same-shipper basis, “which is a more relevant metric for measuring quarter-over-quarter changes in demand outlook.” As well, the level of certainty about ordering declined.
CSX profit up 1% in 3Q CSX Corp. on Oct. 17 reported third-quarter 2017 net earnings of $459 million, or 51 cents per share, up from $455 million, or 48 cents per share, in the same period last year. Excluding a $1 million restructuring charge, adjusted earnings per share remain at 51 cents.
Savannah moves 1M TEUs in 1Q, plots rail growth The Port of Savannah moved more than one million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) at Garden City Terminal in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, as traffic increased by 5.8% or 55,629 TEUs over the same period in FY17.

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October 10, 2017
RAILWAY AGE, WATCHING WASHINGTON, OCTOBER 2017: As the three-member National Mediation Board (NMB) shifts to Republican control for the first time since 2009, a knotty issue lying dormant since 2006 may emerge: Who pays for binding arbitration to resolve grievances over interpretation of collectively bargained...
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October 06, 2017
A tentative national agreement on wages, benefits and work rules has been reached between major railroads and seven of their 13 labor unions. Almost two-dozen unionized regionals and short lines also are participating in the talks.
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September 27, 2017
The Federal Railroad Administration’s new Hours of Service (HOS) app is now available via the iPhone App Store:
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September 25, 2017
Former Surface Transportation Board (STB) chairman and now STB member Dan Elliott announced Sept. 25 he is resigning Sept. 30 to join, in early October, the Washington, D.C., office of the law firm, Connors & Winters, whose specialization is employee compensation, health and benefit plans,...
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September 25, 2017
Isn’t it, though? Six weeks ago, the Federal Railroad Administration announced it is withdrawing its ANPRM (Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) regarding testing and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea for safety-sensitive personnel, and then the National Transportation Safety Board opens its dockets on the two...

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