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AAR: Freight traffic down nearly 12% For the week ending April 23, 2016, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 491,946 carloads and intermodal units, down 11.7% compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported on April 27, 2016.
For Miner, a major gate order Rail equipment lessor CAI Rail Inc. has selected Miner Enterprises, Inc. to supply Double Groove III pneumatic gates for 440 plastic pellet covered hopper cars to be built by National Steel Car at its Hamilton, Ontario plant. Each railcar will be fitted with four gates, bringing the total order to 1,760 units.
RBN Energy: CBR "a victory of American ingenuity" The North American crude-by-rail (CBR) saga “is that of a victory of good old U.S. ingenuity over the lack of pipeline capacity that stranded booming shale oil production in 2012,” writes RBN Energy LLC analyst Sandy Fielden in the final installment of hisSlow Train Coming series on the rapid rise and fall of CBR.
Quebec: Pension fund turns passenger rail operator Proposing a radical new business model, Quebec’s huge public pension fund announced April 22, 2016 that it will directly undertake construction and continuing operation of a 67-km (41.5-mile), double-tracked, electrified and fully automated rapid rail network, the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM), which will transform commuting in Montreal and its immediate hinterland.
Crosbie crosses out NJT New Jersey Transit will have to resume its search for a new Executive Director, as William Crosbie, who was hired by the agency in early April to replace Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim, unexpectedly and abruptly changed his mind.

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April 29, 2016
Cowen and Company Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor Jason Seidl returned from attending the April 26-28, 2016 North East Association of Rail Shippers (NEARS) Spring Conference in Baltimore “with updated thoughts on the rail industry”: “In general,...
cdm-electronics-to-exhibit-at-2016-rssi-56th-annual-exhibition
April 29, 2016
CDM Electronics, a distributor of electronic connectors and cables, will showcase its extensive portfolio of railway connectivity products and value-added cable assemblies at the 2016 Railway Systems Suppliers Inc. (RSSI) 56th Annual Exhibition at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention...
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April 29, 2016
A string of still-shiny, graffiti-free tank cars rests incongruously amid white apple blossoms with Oregon’s glaciered volcano shimmering in the distance. No, the tank cars are not waiting for the new season’s pressing of apple cider. They are stored here in...
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April 29, 2016
Union Pacific Railroad on April 28, 2016 recognized 65 companies with its distinguished Pinnacle Award for their commitment to safely transport chemical products. The annual award honors UP customers for implementing release prevention, corrective plans and having zero non-accident releases...
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April 28, 2016
At the MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board meeting, which took place on April 25, 2016, Keolis presented a new proposal for fare collection that would dramatically reduce fare evasion on the MBTA Commuter Rail system while increasing revenue by...

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a-new-regulatory-rat-hole-worth-watching
April 22, 2016
News item: Executive Order No. 13725, issued April 15 by President Obama, and published in the April 20 Federal Register, mandates that Executive Branch federal agencies take specific actions to promote competition.
guest-blog-doomed-from-the-start
April 19, 2016
The federal-state partnership to build 130 modern bi-level passenger rail coaches for higher-speed rail (HrSR) corridors in the states of California, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri under the 2008 PRIIA legislation “was doomed from the start,” according to James E. Coston, Chairman of Corridor Capital LLC.
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April 14, 2016
For those sheltering railroads against assaults on regulatory freedoms, the 1980 Staggers Rail Act (Staggers) is considered sacrosanct.
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April 13, 2016
The BBC has filed the following report on the February 2016 head-on collision of two commuter trains in Bavaria, Germany:
see-ya-later-what’s-your-name
April 11, 2016
Well, it’s all over but the ruminating and regurgitating: Hedge fund king Bill Ackman had his blinders ripped off, read the handwriting on the wall, and wisely deep-sixed his attempt to bolster his sagging pockets by going after Norfolk Southern, a damn good railroad that...