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Titusville Logistics Center construction under way Florida East Coast Industries subsidiary Flagler Global Logistics on July 27, 2015 broke ground on the new Titusville Logistics Center, Port Canaveral, Fla.’s first multimodal inland port facility. When complete, the center will accommodate up to 2.9 million square feet of industrial development, “offering flexible warehouse and distribution options with multi-modal transportation connections.”
AAR: Freight traffic stays flat For the week ending July 25, 2015, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 557,612 carloads and intermodal units, down 2.5% compared with the same week last year, as only one of 10 commodity groups posted an increase, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported on July 29.
Rocla acquires KSA Limited Partnership Rocla Concrete Tie, Inc. (Rocla), a North American manufacturer of prestressed concrete railroad ties, has acquired KSA Limited Partnership (KSA), a joint venture of Pittsburgh-based Koppers Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koppers Holdings Inc., and Dallas-based Lehigh Hanson, Inc.
FRA to railroads: CBR Emergency Order still stands The Federal Railroad Administration on July 22, 2015 sent a reminder to railroads transporting crude oil that the Emergency Order issued May 7, 2014 (Docket No. DOT-OST-2014-0067) requiring them to notify State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs) and Tribal Emergency Response Commissions (TERCs) of the expected movement of Bakken crude oil trains through individual states and tribal regions remains in effect and “will be made permanent,” as previously announced.
NS absorbs second-quarter hit “Short-term pressure,” in the words of President and CEO Jim Squires, contributed to Norfolk Southern on July 27, 2015 posting second-quarter 2015 financials with significant declines in net income, operating revenues and earnings per share, and an operating ratio that rose 350 basis points.

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July 31, 2015
Union Pacific’s board of directors elected President and Chief Operating Officer Lance Fritz Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Oct. 1, 2015. He succeeds John Koraleski as Chairman. Koraleski plans to retire Sept. 30 after a 43-year career at...
freight-car-market-remains-healthy-economic-planning-associates
July 31, 2015
Demand for freight cars remains at a healthy level “in spite of a sluggish economy and extremely soft financial performances by the railroads,” Economic Planning Associates (EPA) said in its most recent quarterly railcar forecast, issued July 31, 2015. Orders for...
fra-issues-rule-preventing-unattended-trains-carrying-flammables-from-rolling-away
July 31, 2015
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued on July 30, 2015 a final rule to prevent unattended trains that carry crude oil, ethanol, poisonous by inhalation (PIH), toxic by inhalation (TIH), and other highly flammable contents from rolling away. Railroad employees...
kcs-opens-new-texas-intermodal-terminal
July 31, 2015
Kansas City Southern (KCS) on July 30, 2015, celebrated the dedication of its new, state-of-the-art intermodal terminal in Wylie, Tex., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included the attendance of local public officials. After 12 months of construction, the more than...
iowa-pacific-to-operate-grenada-railway
July 30, 2015
The North Central Mississippi Regional Railroad Authority (NCMRRA) on July 30, 2015 completed its acquisition of Grenada Railway, LLC and signed a 15-year lease agreement with a subsidiary of Iowa Pacific Holdings to operate and develop new business on the...

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guest-blog-build-the-new-tunnels-already
July 31, 2015
National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) President and CEO Jim Mathews issued a statement responding to the recent incidents that have affected intercity and commuter rail operations in the New York/New Jersey region of the Northeast Corridor. We reprint it here in its entirety, unedited:
the-importance-of-little-accidents
July 20, 2015
You know the kind I mean: the ones where nobody gets hurt, nothing blows up, and nobody shows up, except you.
lrt-beats-brt-on-key-metrics-fta
July 17, 2015
For several decades, U.S. proponents of “bus rapid transit” (so-called BRT) have waged a veritable war against light rail transit (LRT), relying particularly on a claim that BRT is “just like light rail, but cheaper.”
historic-female-first-for-njt-presidential-emergency-board
July 16, 2015
In a historic first, and in a rail industry whose labor and management leadership ranks long have been dominated by Caucasian males, the first all-female Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) in the 78-year history of PEBs has been created to investigate and make recommendations in a...
guest-blog-michael-r-weinman-commentary-on-airnet21-proposal
July 02, 2015
The following are comments by Michael R. Weinman, Managing Director, PTSI Transportation, in response to the “reasoned and considered thoughts” expressed by Dr. Francis P. Mulvey in the Guest Blog published by Railway Age on June 30, 2015, “We must do something transformational about...