U.S. freight carload traffic fell significantly for the week ending March 3, 2012, down 6.2%, measured against the comparable week in 2011, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. Offsetting that decline, U.S. intermodal volume rose 6.0% for the same week compared with last year.
American negativists need to get out more, maybe. Too many people still bemoan the lack of can-do spirit, the absence of competitiveness, evil East Coast elitism, and listless Beltway bungling as signs of national decline. An election year can layer even more cynicism, a darker patina, on any picture. Woe be to us optimists who dare peer a bit deeper into the gloom, and find all is not as gloomy as one might suspect.
The Port of Stockton, Calif., said late Tuesday that, in a public-private partnership with Union Pacific Railroad and Metropolitan Stevedore Co., it has completed a project to add 5,828 feet of track to the East Port interchange Tracks.
Railway Age magazine has named Vermont Railway the 2012 Short Line Railroad of the Year, and the Indiana Rail Road Co. its 2012 Regional Railroad of the Year. The awards will be presented at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association's annual meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., Tuesday evening, April 24, 2012.
In a remarkable and continuing visible display of modal political strife, Toronto's City Council Monday removed five allies of Mayor Rob Ford from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), replacing them with new members likely to vote to reinstate a rail capital program largely driven by light rail transit.
Thales announced Tuesday that it has been awarded a contract from Hyundai Rotem for communications-based train control (CBTC) signaling on the Sin Bundang Line, linking Seongnam, South Korea, with Seoul, the capital.
The Seattle City Council Monday approved a $68 million contract to Stacy & Witbeck to oversee the First Hill streetcar project, expected to begin construction next month.
Camp Hill, Pa.-based Harsco Corp. late Monday announced new U.S. and international orders in its Harsco Rail track maintenance services, equipment, and parts business totaling more than $25 million.
Madison, N.J.-based Maersk Line announced on Monday its new "Flagship import service direct from Asia to five key markets in North America—Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Memphis, and northwest Ohio"—in conjunction with Class I railroad BNSF Railway.
MTA New York City Transit says annual ridership on New York's subway system continued advancing in 2011, up 2.3% from 2010. That translates into about 1.640 billion riders for the year; the exact annual figure was not released immediately by MTA. Annual ridership in 2010 was 1.604 billion, itself the second-highest amount since 1950.
Railroad Day on Capitol Hill is Thursday, March 8, and the Railway Supply Institute is urging RSI members, and indeed all pro-rail interests, to "help educate policymakers on the positive impact our job-producing industry has on the U.S. economy."
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is continuing its investigation of the VIA Rail accident in Burlington, Ontario Feb. 26 that killed three crewmembers and injured at least 35 passengers. But TSB said it already has determined that excessive speed on a crossover was a contributing factor to the incident.
U.S. carload freight traffic for the week ending Feb. 25, 2012 fell 5%, measured against the comparable week in 2011, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. U.S. intermodal volume also fell, though less sharply, down 2.8% compared with the same week a year ago.
The Association of American Railroads announced Thursday that Iowa Pacific Holdings (IPH) has become its newest full member.
Norfolk Southern said Thursday it is honoring its predecessor railroads during 2012, its 30th anniversary year, by painting 18 new locomotives in commemorative schemes that reflect the heritage of those predecessors.
Sacramento, Calif.'s City Council unanimously has approved involving the city in a starter streetcar route primarily traversing suburban neighbor West Sacramento.
"Good web design is making a comeback," says Rob O'Regan, editor of eMedia Vitals website, citing five recently revamped websites, including Railway Age magazine's recently redesigned website.
The AREMA Educational Foundation is offering scholarships to engineering students who are specializing in the railway industry and supports other educational and training endeavors that help to ensure the future of the profession. The deadline of March 9 is fast approaching.
Veteran rail advocate and friend Dan Lovegren called me from California on Feb. 26, 1993, asking me: How would I get home? New York's World Trade Center had been disrupted somehow, and PATH had been shut down.
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. and Martin Midstream Partners L.P. have formed a joint venture, Pecos Valley Producer Services LLC, to develop a rail terminal in Pecos, Tex., to serve the growing oil and natural gas industries in the Permian Basin.