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BNSF bumps capex to $6 billion for 2015 BNSF’s planned capital expenditures for 2015 will be $6 billion, another record for a company that, including next year’s amount, will have made more than $50 billion in capital investments since 2000. BNSF also updated its planned capital expenditures for 2014, which now are expected to be $5.5 billion, $400 million more than initial projections.

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Safety, service, and schedule, “some of the most challenging issues currently facing businesses that ship goods via railroad,” will be the focus at the Jan. 14-15, 2015 Winter Meeting of the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS), which will feature...
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CSX has opened its new Valleyfield Intermodal Terminal in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield near Montreal, Quebec, expanding the railroad’s intermodal network capacity and offering Canadian customers domestic and international service that connects with the its 21,000 mile U.S. network. The $100 million, 100,000-load-capacity terminal,...
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Canadian Pacific Railway has been recognized as a leader for the depth and quality of climate change data it has disclosed to investors and the global marketplace through CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), the international NGO (non-governmental organization) that drives sustainable...
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Another year of record capital investment will be needed to build more capacity to keep up with growing demand. The biggest challenge the railroads will face in 2015 isn’t the possibility of some form of reregulation. It isn’t captive shippers demanding...
In a twist to 18th century satirist Jonathan Swift’s “Modest Proposal,” National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) President Bruce Carlton suggests shippers consume (as in “eat”) their railroads. Before the Surface Transportation Board (STB), Carlton termed his petition—that shippers served by only...

In a twist to 18th century satirist Jonathan Swift’s “Modest Proposal,” National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) President Bruce Carlton suggests shippers consume (as in “eat”) their railroads. Before the Surface Transportation Board (STB), Carlton termed his petition—that shippers served by only...
President Barack Obama’s Fiscal 2014 budget for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) provides for a comprehensive multi-year reauthorization of expired portions of the Railroad Safety Improvement Act (RSIA) and Passenger Railroad Investment and Improvement Act (PRIAA) of 2008. According to outgoing...
On a recent drive past BNSF’s Hauser Yard, just a few miles north of my home in Post Falls, Idaho, I noticed the routine glow of signals standing alongside main tracks that lead into the run-through, semi-enclosed refueling facility. That facility,...
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Speaking at the Dec. 8, 2014 “Post-Harvest Handling and Transportation for Agricultural Products: Issues and Challenges” conference in Fargo, N.D., hosted by North Dakota State University’s Center for Agriculture Policy and Trade Studies, Canadian Pacific Vice President Marketing and Sales,...
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The Greenbrier Cos. Inc. recently received orders for another 2,700 freight cars, bringing the total number of cars ordered in the company’s first fiscal quarter (September-November 2014) to 14,100 units valued at $1.24 billion. Orders for the quarter include small-cube...