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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...
road-rail-wins-mosaic-platinum-safety-award
December 08, 2016
Road & Rail Services, Inc., announced Dec. 8 that it was awarded the 2015 Mosaic Platinum Safety Award, recognizing its excellence in safety leadership and performance for its operations in Bone Valley, Florida by fertilizer producer, Mosaic Co. The Bone Valley...
aguilar-named-texas-central-ceo
December 08, 2016
The board of directors of Texas Central Partners, LLC (Texas Central), the private firm attempting to build a high-speed train connecting North Texas, the Brazos Valley and Houston, has named Carlos F. Aguilar as CEO. Former CEO Tim Keith becomes...
stb’s-begeman-gets-a-presidential-nod
December 08, 2016
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. As...

gao-pricing-study-addresses-contract-vs-tariff-rates
December 07, 2016
The U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO) has released a study, “Freight Rail Pricing,” which suggests that rail shippers are amenable to longer-term...
crew-member-fatigue-faulted-for-union-pacific-hoxie-accident
December 07, 2016
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) named crew member fatigue as the probable cause of a 2014 Union Pacific (UP) Hoxie, Ark., accident that killed...
aar-glimmers-of-hope-as-weekly-and-monthly-traffic-reports-rise
December 07, 2016
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...
o-train-confederation-line-testing-under-way
December 07, 2016
Ottawa’s O-Train Confederation Line LRT project attained a major milestone on Dec. 2 as the first of 34 Alstom Citadis Spirit LRVs began testing on the line...
rail-labor-seeking-mediation
December 06, 2016
Contract talks between U.S. Class I railroad and the Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG), which represents six unions, have stalled, and the CBG on Dec. 5 applied...