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Partnership sets Bakken transload terminal Northern Plains Rail Services (NPRS) said Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 it has formed a partnership with NorthStar Midstream "to provide switching operations at their new transloading terminal located in Fairview, N.D."
Gains keep coming for U.S. freight rail traffic U.S. freight rail traffic kept advancing in the latest week ending Oct. 11, 2014, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported Thursday, Oct 16, suggesting continued U.S economic strength may continue despite Wall Street concerns of a global economic slowdown.
KCS reports record 3Q revenue Kansas City Southern on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 reported third-quarter 2014 revenue of $678 million, up 9% from the third quarter of 2013. Carload volumes for the quarter were up 4% from the comparable quarter of a year ago, the company said. Both were at record levels, KCS said.
Top Calif. court spurns latest HSR challenge California' State Supreme Court on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 rejected the latest challenge to the Golden State's proposed 700-mile high speed rail project, clearing the way for initial construction.
STB requiring weekly Class I service performance reports The U.S. Surface Transportation Board announced Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 that it is requiring all Class I railroads to publicly file weekly data reports regarding service performance “to promote industry-wide transparency, accountability, and improved service.”

Breaking News

london-trackwork-lands-ottawa-contract
October 17, 2014
The Rideau Transit Group consortium, designers and builders of the OC Transpo Confederation Line (Ottawa Light Rail Transit Project), has awarded a contract to London Trackwork Inc. for the supply of special trackwork. Terms of the contract, which will take...
feis-rod-issued-for-create-75th-st-cip
October 17, 2014
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued a combined Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) for the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (75th Street CIP). The 75th Street CIP...
william-j-ronan-1913-2014
October 17, 2014
William J. Ronan, generally acknowledged as the architect of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and who served as its first chairman, died on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 101. The following...
kcs-reports-record-3q-revenue
October 17, 2014
Kansas City Southern on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 reported third-quarter 2014 revenue of $678 million, up 9% from the third quarter of 2013. Carload volumes for the quarter were up 4% from the comparable quarter of a year ago, the...
strato-honored-by-nj-manufacturing-industry
October 17, 2014
Piscataway, N.J.-based Strato, Inc., says it has been named New Jersey Manufacturer of the Year 2014 by NJBIZ, a business publication. Companies were honored by Somerset, N.J.-based NJBIZ earlier this month for their contribution to the success of the manufacturing industry's...

Blogs and More

what-lurks-behind-the-door-hunter-harrison-opened?
October 14, 2014
At age 70, when most of his contemporaries have retired, Canadian Pacific (CP) Chairman Hunter Harrison is plotting his legacy—a seamless North American transcontinental rail duopoly initiated by his proposed CP-CSX merger.
should-rail-transit-advocates-never-oppose-a-rail-project?
October 10, 2014
Back about 30 months ago I explained why I, and a number of other rail transit supporters, were critical of a plan for "urban rail" then taking shape from the official planning process here in Austin, Texas. (See Austin LRT plan criticized ... by rail advocates.)
sen-durbin-emerging-as-stb-chairmans-nemesis
October 10, 2014
"Tawdry," is how one Washington transportation attorney describes the self-interest assaults by powerful congressional lawmakers on federal regulatory agency officials.
is-fra’s-szabo-headed-to-the-stb?
September 29, 2014
Joe Szabo, the former union boss and now embattled Federal Railroad Administrator, may be on his way out—to another federal railroad regulatory agency, actually, if rumors involving his former Chicago condo neighbor and friend, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), are correct.
federal-hazmat-regulator-awol-from-north-dakota-oilfields
September 26, 2014
Whatever the unrevealed reasons for Cynthia Quarterman’s (pictured) Oct. 3, 2014 departure as head of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a change at the top may reverse the federal regulator’s much-criticized lethargy in fixing the core cause of exploding oil trains.