Amtrak reportedly hopes to begin passenger rail service to Norfolk, Va., along the south side of the James River, by the end of the year.
The 1.7-mile Central Subway sought by San Francisco has received a “letter of non-prejudice” from the U.S. Department of Transportation, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says. The move clears the way for the city to commence construction on the underground LRT route, expected to cost $1.6 billion.
The Railway Supply Institute says its RSI 2012/2013 Academic Year Scholarship application is now available online. Applications and related materials are due on April 20.
U.S. freight carload traffic rose 5.5% for the week ending Jan. 14 compared with the second week of 2011, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. U.S. intermodal volume also rose, up 7.4% for the week measured against the comparable period in 2011.
GATX Corp. Thursday reported higher railcar lease prices and continued high utilization as it released results for fourth-quarter 2011 and the full calendar year.
Union Pacific announced Thursday that it earned 2011 fourth-quarter net income of $964 million, or $1.99 per diluted share, compared with $775 million, or $1.56 per diluted share, in fourth-quarter 2011, a record. For the full year 2011, UP reported income of $3.3 billion or $6.72 per diluted share, another record. This compares with $2.8 billion or $5.53 per share in 2010. The Class I railroad also outlined its planned 2012 capital investment program of "around $3.6 billion."
New York MTA Capital Construction (MTACC) says a study conducted by Parsons Brinckerhoff and reviewed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found "no concerns that Second Avenue Subway construction is causing any danger to the public's health."
Canadian Pacfic on Thursday highlighted completed capital investments made to enhance its Locomotive Reliability Centre (LRC) in Toronto.
Canadian Pacific Railway said Thursday it has reached agreement with Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd., which extends to early 2017 and awards the railway with the vast majority of Canadian Tire's domestic container traffic. CP said the agreement builds on the shared successes the companies have had in efficiently servicing Canadian Tire's dealers and corporate stores. Recent rail network enhancements completed at CP, and the work already underway to further maximize efficiencies through a facility co-location strategy, will allow the companies to continue to develop and improve the supply chain for Canadian Tire's growing retail business. "We're delighted to renew our longstanding partnership with CP," said Pat Sinnott, executive vice-president, Supply Chain and Technology, Canadian Tire Corp. "We rely on rail extensively to get our goods to market. Rail is the most efficient and sustainable way to move our products and CP is a trusted partner that will enable us to continue to deliver products reliably to over 1,700 Canadian Tire, Mark's, and FGL Sports retail locations across the country." "Our railway has been serving Canadian Tire, one of our largest intermodal customers, for more than eight decades and we will continue to execute on our solid operating plan to foster growth opportunities for both companies," said CP CMO and EVP Marketing & Sales Jane O'Hagan.
U.S. Class I railroads employed 159,717 workers in mid-December 2011, up 3.44% from a year earlier, though off 0.25% from November due to a seasonal drop in track maintenance employees.