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STB's Begeman gets a Presidential nod President Obama on Dec. 7 nominated Ann Begeman to another five-year term on the Surface Transportation Board. She was approved by voice vote in an Executive Session of the Senate Commerce Committee within hours of Obama’s nomination reaching the Committee.
Pittsburghers, Amtrak, NS and PennDOT "I think it’s one of the first times that Amtrak, PennDOT and Norfolk Southern were all at the same table answering questions from legislators on this issue,” says Lucinda Beattie, Vice President of Transportation for the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, a business advocacy group focused on the revitalization of Pittsburgh, Pa.
GAO pricing study addresses contract vs. tariff rates The U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO) has released a study, “Freight Rail Pricing,” which suggests that rail shippers are amenable to longer-term contracts but wary of pricing.
AAR: "Glimmers of hope" as traffic rises The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported Dec. 7 that total U.S. weekly rail traffic for the week ending December 3, 2016 was 53,130 carloads and intermodal units, up 2% compared with the same week last year, and the third consecutive week that saw a rise in traffic.
FRA Safety Advisory: More cameras, operational testing, radio communications and sleep apnea testing The Federal Railroad Administration on Dec. 3 issued Safety Advisory 2016-03 “to stress to passenger and commuter railroads the importance of taking action to help mitigate human factor accidents, assist in the investigation of such accidents, and enhance the safety of operations in stations and terminals with stub end tracks.”

Breaking News

cbtc-are-you-a-visionary-or-a-skeptic?
December 09, 2016
Dr. Alan F. Rumsey, P.Eng., FIRSE, has spent his entire career in railway signalling and communications, and is one of the driving forces behind CBTC (communications-based train control) for rail transit. Recently retired from Parsons, Dr. Rumsey is an independent consultant...
mars-announces-winter-meeting-2017
December 09, 2016
The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) announces its 248th regular meeting will be held at the Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort during January 10 - 12, 2017. There will also be an election of officers on January 12th. Announced speakers...
pittsburghers-amtrak-ns-and-penndot
December 08, 2016
"I think it’s one of the first times that Amtrak, PennDOT and Norfolk Southern were all at the same table answering questions from legislators on this issue,” says Lucinda Beattie, Vice President of Transportation for the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, a...
gotthard-base-tunnel-set-to-open
December 08, 2016
Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 is the opening of one of the world’s engineering marvels: the Gotthard Base Tunnel under the Swiss Alps, the world’s longest and deepest railway tunnel. The 35.3-mile-long (57 km) double-track tunnel will enable passengers to speed under...
cagtc-to-trump-7-freight-actions-to-begin-term
December 08, 2016
The Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) released on Dec. 8 its letter to President-elect Trump. "The letter," says CAGTC, "identifies seven actions that can be undertaken early in the administration, most of which not requiring an act of...

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amidst-concerns-optimism-for-2017
December 08, 2016
When Herbert Hoover was President and Republicans controlled the White House and both congressional chambers, there was produced the 1930 Smoot-Hawley tariff boosting import duties to record levels, sparking a global trade war and contributing to the depth and length of the Great Depression.
know-your-ti-committee-senior-staffers
December 06, 2016
The 115th Congress will soon be under way, and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) on Dec. 6 announced several senior staff changes.
if-i-were-a-fela-attorney
December 05, 2016
William Rockefeller, the Metro-North engineer who fell asleep at the controls of Train 8808 on Dec. 1, 2013 and caused a derailment that killed four people and injured 61, is suing the railroad for $10 million.
wilner-aar-anxious-for-trumps-stb-shift
November 17, 2016
Regarding the Association of American Railroads Nov. 17 request that the U.S. Surface Transportation Board delay regulatory proposals until the U.S. Senate confirms a full slate of Board members appointed by President-elect Donald J. Trump,  waiting until all STB vacant seats are filled could stall...
madness-in-mosier
November 15, 2016
You want to double or triple your train throughput? Just build a nice long siding. At least that’s what Friends of the Columbia Gorge would like the Wasco County (Wash.) Board of County Commissioners to believe.