Stuart Chirls, Senior Editor

Stuart Chirls, Senior Editor

Stuart Chirls previously worked as digital editor for the Journal of Commerce covering container shipping, railroads, logistics, policy and global trade. He has extensively reported on manufacturing, retailing, import/export, equity markets and other business subjects for the New York Daily News, the New York Times Co. and Standard & Poor’s. He also worked in a start-up supply chain unit of chemical producer BASF. He began his journalism career writing about sports for the Star-Ledger in New Jersey. Chirls holds a B.A. in English from Tulane University.

The Port of Savannah moved more than one million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) at Garden City Terminal in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, as traffic increased by 5.8% or 55,629 TEUs over the same period in FY17.

Monday, 16 October 2017 09:13

Santana to lead GE Transportation

General Electric announced that Rafael Santana, president and Chief Executive of GE Latin America, has been named president and CEO of GE Transportation, effective November 1.

Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:55

SMART offers free service during wildfires

As wildfires burn in its service region, Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) will continue to provide free train service for passengers through Sunday, Oct.15 to assist evacuees and others who need transportation options.

Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:59

Caltrans releases draft state rail plan

Caltrans released the public draft of the California State Rail Plan, which outlines a new framework for California’s rail network, for new and better rail transportation, and multimodal and community connections in the state for the next 20 years and beyond.

Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:00

Double-digits for intermodal traffic

The Association of American Railroads said total U.S. rail traffic for the week ending October 7 was 554,826 carloads and intermodal units, up 6.3% compared with the same week in 2016. Traffic included 269,336 carloads, up 2%, while intermodal volume was 285,490 containers and trailers, up 10.8%.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:00

New railcar coatings from AkzoNobel

Chemical maker AkzoNobel announced that it has received approval from the Food & Drug Administration for one of two new high performance chemical-resistant linings for tank and hopper cars.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 13:39

GE Transportation's Miller appointed CFO

Amid a tumbling stock price and accelerated cost-cutting, General Electric has named Jamie Miller, President and CEO of locomotive manufacturer GE Transportation, as Chief Financial Officer. Miller succeeds Jeffrey S. Bornstein, who also served as Vice Chair. He will depart GE as of Dec. 31 after 28 years at the company.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 09:46

CP, G&W in Ohio intermodal pact

Canadian Pacific Railway announced a new partnership with Genesee & Wyoming Inc. and Bluegrass Farms of Ohio that will open up the Ohio Valley to CP intermodal customers and further extend its reach into key North American heartland markets.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 00:00

Railhead signs with RailMarketplace

Railhead Corp. announced that it has signed a three-year contract with RailMarketplace, an e-commerce exchange created by BNSF Railway, CN, Canadian Pacific Railway, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific Railroad.

Friday, 06 October 2017 09:10

Cohn back as chair of sulphur trade group

The Sulphur Institute announced that Jack Cohn, Senior Vice President and Industry Unit Leader at Savage Services Corp., has assumed responsibilities as Chairman of the Washington-based trade organization.

Friday, 06 October 2017 08:56

Heat's on as BrightLine adds new trainset

BrightLine, the privately-funded passenger rail start-up, took delivery of BrightRed, its fifth trainset, and announced a marketing partnership as the official train service of the NBA’s Miami Heat.

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 13:28

WSDOT expands Cascades services

Ahead of the year-end holidays, the Washington State Department of Transportation is starting two additional Amtrak Cascades daily round-trips between Seattle and Portland.

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:17

Cambridge Systematics turns 45

Transit and transportation planning and development consultant Cambridge Systematics is celebrating 45 years as an industry consultant.

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 09:30

Amtrak says it's "Ready to Build"

Long starved of funding and subject to Washington’s political whims, Amtrak is taking its message to the public with the “Ready To Build” campaign, a series of short films showcasing five critical investments it says are vital to “the realization of a renewed, modern passenger rail system.”

Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:12

CTA celebrates 70th anniversary

The Chicago Transit Authority celebrated its 70th anniversary Oct. 1, the date when in 1947 the public agency started as owner and operator of what is the current Chicago Transit Authority bus and ‘L’ train service.

Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:01

Puerto Rico gets FTA relief funding

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which caused the worst devastation Puerto Rico has seen in 80 years, the Federal Transit Administration awarded $8.4 million in critical grant funding to support public transit systems on the island.

Monday, 02 October 2017 13:39

Wabtec picks up AM General

Wabtec Corp. has acquired AM General Contractor, a Europe-based manufacturer of safety systems, mainly for transit rail cars. Based in Europe, AM has annual sales of about $25 million.

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announced the addition of Elavon, a provider of secure payment processing solutions and subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp, to its Member Discount Program.

Monday, 02 October 2017 09:27

FRA selects Tenn.-Ga. HSR route

The Federal Railroad Administration has chosen a preferred corridor for a proposed high speed rail line connecting Chattanooga, Tenn., and Atlanta.

Friday, 29 September 2017 10:01

Mathieu new chief of OmniTRAX energy unit

OmniTRAX, Inc., announced that Pierre-Luc Mathieu will lead OmniTRAX Energy Solutions (OES) as president, effective immediately. OES comprises the company’s offerings to the proppant supply chain, including terminals in several basins, transload operations and Arrows Up, LLC a containerized proppant delivery and storage solution provider.

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