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March 07, 2014
REF 2014: What’s moving in what, and why
It is a truth universally acknowledged that railroads exist to haul stuff. Market share and operating ratios are about how stuff is moved, and finance is about how you pay for moving stuff and, more important, what you move all that stuff in. That’s why...
March 05, 2014
Bus Rapid Transit: Precursor to rail, or obstacle?
For decades, even when it was designated by other euphemisms such as "enhanced bus", so-called "bus rapid transit" (BRT) was repeatedly hyped as a kind of interim service on the way to light rail transit (LRT).
February 20, 2014
API emphasizing collaboration, not confrontation
Following the recent, unrelated series of crude oil train derailments that resulted in fires, explosions, and in the case of Lac-Mégantic, tragedy and death, CBR (crude by rail) has come under intense scrutiny by regulatory and safety agencies, legislators, the media, the public, the oil...
Frank N. Wilner
February 20, 2014
Mexico to its rail franchisees: “Yanqui go home”
At the turn of the 20th century, seven-term Mexican President Porfirio Diaz is cited as having complained, “Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States.”
February 14, 2014
Love on the train ain’t no surprise
Save me a seat, and I’ll look into your eyes . . . . My apologies to Neil Diamond.
February 13, 2014
Fly/drive focus aids U.S. weather wimpdom
The winds at my back from the north actually aided my trip to work this snowy Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, also allowing me great visibility since the snow also attacked from behind. It is, as I write this, a gorgeous day for those of us...
Frank N. Wilner
February 10, 2014
Send iron horses to glue factory: NITL
Frustrated that rail rates are higher than desired by its members, and failing to convince Congress to repeal Staggers Rail Act provisions providing carriers greater rate-making freedoms, the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) is attempting a Hail Mary, asking the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to...
February 04, 2014
Flawed State Dept. report twists rail safety stats
Proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline exulted while statisticians expressed dismay at the U.S. State Department’s dramatic assertion the week of Jan. 26 that failure to approve the proposed pipeline could cause an additional six persons per year to be killed by crude oil trains.
January 31, 2014
If crude by rail, why not water?
I can’t help but watch the wildfires and water shortages taking place in California and wonder if BNSF and Union Pacific, and perhaps a few of their shippers, are able to respond to this drought with the same urgency with which they’ve answered the call...
January 30, 2014
LIRR is No. 1 again. For now.
Congratulations to the Long Island Rail Road, once again in 2013 the unquestioned largest regional passenger railroad by ridership in the nation. Let's see if it can hold that prize. I'm doubtful.
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