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U.S freight traffic forges on in latest week U.S. freight rail traffic continued to gain ground in the latest week ending Aug. 23, 2014, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, Aug. 28, even as Canadian and Mexican traffic fared less well.
Amtrak to STB: Investigate CN Amtrak on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, made clear in part its frustration over its own on-time performance by calling on the Surface Transportation Board to look into the matter, specifically as it concerns Canadian National Railway.
STB: Five Class I's revenue adequate in 2013 The Surface Transportation Board announced Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, that it has found five U.S. Class I railroad properties to be "revenue adequate for the year 2013, meaning that five of the Class I railroads achieved a rate of return equal to or greater than the Board's calculation of the average cost of capital to the freight rail industry."
Bombardier strike goes on; contract offer spurned Bombardier Transportation workers represented by Unifor local 1075, by a sound majority, have rejected the latest contract offer from management, perpetuating a six-week strike at Bombardier's plant in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
BNSF plans second bridge over Idaho chokepoint One of the more challenging capacity constraints affecting BNSF's Northern Corridor is the 4,769-foot long bridge across Lake Pend Oreille outside Sandpoint, Idaho, not far from where BNSF and Montana Rail Link (MRL) converge. BNSF is now looking into the bold concept of building a second bridge, nearly a mile long, adjacent to the existing one.

Breaking News

stb-five-class-i-railroads-revenue-adequate
September 02, 2014
The Surface Transportation Board announced Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, that it has found five U.S. Class I railroad properties to be "revenue adequate for the year 2013, meaning that five of the Class I railroads achieved a rate of return...
amtrak-to-stb-investigate-cn
September 02, 2014
Amtrak on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, made clear in part its frustration over its own on-time performance by calling on the Surface Transportation Board to look into the matter, specifically as it concerns Canadian National Railway. "In support of passengers, state...
minneapolis-grudgingly-oks-southwest-lrt
September 02, 2014
Despite publicly stated misgivings, the Minneapolis City Council has voted to approve a compromise package advancing the Twin Cities Southwest Light Rail Transit line, linking Minneapolis with Eden Prairie, Minn. The controversial line, essentially the fourth LRT route for the Twin...
salt-lake-city-mulls-streetcar-addition
September 02, 2014
Salt Lake City officials say they'll seek federal funding, adding it to their own, to expand the city's initial Sugar House streetcar line south of downtown. The move comes as critics cite lagging ridership on the Sugar House (or "S") Line,...
more-track-upgrades-for-chicago-st-louis-hrsr
September 02, 2014
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has pledged an additional $102 in right-of-way upgrades for higher-speed rail (HrSR) improvements to accelerate passenger rail travel times between Chicago and St. Louis. The governor, making the announcement Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, said the money will...

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...