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Vancouver port OKs coal transfer facility In the ongoing juggling of transport logistics affecting fossil fuels throughout western North America, British Columbia's Port Metro Vancouver on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, approved a new rail-to-barge coal transfer facility.
Gains again for U.S. freight traffic U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Aug. 16, 2014 kept its winning streak rolling, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday, Aug. 21.
Oregon OKs CBR terminal expansion One day after Oregon denied a permit for a coal export terminal on the Columbia River, a separate state body has approved plans to expand a crude-by-rail (CBR) transfer terminal serving trains and barge traffic.
OmniTRAX Canada suspends CBR moves OmniTRAX Canada said Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 it would "suspend its plans to ship crude oil for the foreseeable future," even as it "anticipates a record shipping season in 2014."
STB backs CHSRA second segment The Surface Transportation Board has ruled that the California High-Speed Rail Authority "is authorized to construct a 114-mile high-speed passenger rail line between Fresno and Bakersfield, Cal., subject to environmental mitigation conditions," thus giving the state's high speed rail effort more momentum.

Breaking News

vancouver-port-oks-coal-transfer-facility
August 22, 2014
In the ongoing juggling of transport logistics affecting fossil fuels throughout western North America, British Columbia's Port Metro Vancouver on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, approved a new rail-to-barge coal transfer facility. The site, at Fraser Surrey Docks, gives BNSF a viable...
san-diego-trolley-powers-mts-fy14-ridership
August 22, 2014
San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) says its public transit network generated 95,010,550 in fiscal year 2014, which ended June 30, 2014, up 11.5% from FY13 and a record. The San Diego Trolley, which began revenue service in 1981 as the...
st-paul-green-line-ridership-good-trips-slow
August 22, 2014
Light rail transit ridership on the new Green Line (Central Corridor) in St. Paul has been strong, exceeding some projections, in its first weeks of operation, even as complaints about trip times have surfaced. Average weekday ridership on the Green Line...
mitsui-rail-capital-promotes-penovich-gerber
August 21, 2014
Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC (MRC) has promoted Daniel Penovich to President and Chris Gerber to Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Both MRC executives have extensive experience with MRC as well in the railroad and railroad leasing business. Penovich joined MRC...
gains-again-for-us-freight-traffic
August 21, 2014
U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Aug. 16, 2014 kept its winning streak rolling, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday, Aug. 21. U.S. freight carload traffic for the week rose 2.8% measured against the comparable week in 2013, AAR...

Blogs and More

blet-in-catbird-seat-over-crew-consist
August 18, 2014
News item: Vouchsafed to work jointly in gaining legislation or regulation mandating two crew members on every freight train are the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Union (SMART) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET).
high-higher-speed-rail-“the-real-story”
August 12, 2014
“Don’t believe the New York Times or the train haters who cite it: High speed rail is not an $11 billion failure.”
streetcars-belong-yes-still-on-the-street
August 08, 2014
More than two years ago, this rail advocate held to the belief that "Streetcars belong. Even on the street." I maintain this belief now more than ever, in the face of a rising tide of streetcar critics intent on scuttling the mode as it regains...
what-history-can-tell-us-about-things-to-come
July 30, 2014
In February 1882, Joseph Osgood allowed shortsightedness to steer him wrong. As newly-appointed chief engineer for the California Southern Railroad (which would later become part of the Santa Fe Railway), he was tasked with constructing a new rail line that would link the seaport city...
when-you-get-a-good-deal-take-it
July 28, 2014
Arbitrator Robert O. Harris told the United Transportation Union (UTU) and railroads in 1991, then unable to agree at the bargaining table, “Welcome to the oldest established craps game in Washington. Like the suckers in ‘Guys and Dolls,’ you are risking your futures on the...