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AAR: Total weekly U.S. rail traffic down 5.1% The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported total weekly U.S. rail traffic for the week ending September 17, 2016 was 537,904 carloads and intermodal units, down 5.1% compared with the same week last year.

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The Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) on September 22 released an independent study it commissioned from InterVISTAS Consulting LLC that examined the STB’s approach to freight rail rate regulation and options for simplification of that approach. Edward R. Hamberger,...
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Cover story, September issue: Like most Class I railroads, Union Pacific has had to make adjustments to deal with sharp declines in coal and other commodities. While its $3.75 billion 2016 capital program is lower than last year’s, it upholds...
stb-releases-sac-rate-reasonableness-methodology-study
A Surface Transportation Board study on the Board’s SAC (stand-alone cost) rate reasonableness methodology is complete and can be downloaded at the link below. The Board commissioned the 181-page study from InterVISTAS Consulting LLC (a Canadian firm, and reportedly the only...
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Badger Mining Corporation announced a long-term agreement to become an exclusive sand tenant of ANC Transloading, Inc.’s Fox Creek facility, located 260 km (160 miles) northwest of Edmonton, Atla. on the CN. For customers in the Deep Basin of Western Canada,...
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The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported total weekly U.S. rail traffic for the week ending September 17, 2016 was 537,904 carloads and intermodal units, down 5.1% compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending September...

cp-urges-tsb-to-do-more-with-lvvr
Canadian Pacific joined the Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB), which released a study on September 19, in reiterating support for the Minister of Transport to implement Locomotive Voice and Video Recorders (LVVR) as soon as possible. CP added that it believes...
guido-de-ciccio-retires-from-cp
Canadian Pacific announced that Guido De Ciccio, Senior Vice-President, Operations Western Region, is retiring from CP after four decades of dedicated service. "After 40 excellent years with the company, it is time to embrace the next phase of my life and...
industry-mostly-supports-expanded-random-drug-testing
Federal Railroad Administration data says the percentage of rail workers who tested positive in random drug tests increased to 0.53% in 2015 from 0.37% in 2014, following five years of stable rates. As such, FRA is implementing expanded random drug testing...
erac-and-cn-conducting-rail-emergency-training-exercise
Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC), in conjunction with CN, announced Sept. 15 it conducted a rail emergency exercise as part of ongoing ERAC responder training in the event of an incident involving a railcar carrying flammable liquids or gas. ERAC Response...
bnsf-general-counsel-shewmake-joins-thompson-knight
The law firm Thompson & Knight LLP announced September 14 that Charles W. Shewmake has joined the firm as a partner in the Trial Practice Group. Prior to joining Thompson & Knight, Mr. Shewmake served for more than eight years...