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.

Jackie Martinez-Vasquez has joined Sound Transit of Seattle as director of the agency's new Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Equity and Inclusion.

Portland’s TriMet and Google will begin beta testing of the Hop Fastpass™ as the first virtual transit card available in Android Pay starting in early 2018.

Norfolk Southern has inaugurated train service on the new Portageville Bridge crossing the 235-foot-deep river gorge in New York’s Letchworth State Park.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 11:24

Spin-off for Trinity infrastructure unit

Railcar builder Trinity Industries announced it would sell its infrastructure-related business to shareholders as part of a strategy for future growth, and spend $500 million to buy back shares.

Monday, 11 December 2017 12:16

Second freight rail labor pact reached

Major U.S. freight railroads have reached a tentative contract agreement with the second of three coalitions representing unionized employees.

Friday, 08 December 2017 12:21

Union walks out of port contract talks

Leaders of longshore unions walked out of the start of talks aimed at extending the current contracts for dockworkers at East and Gulf coast ports in a dispute over automation.

Friday, 08 December 2017 10:09

United Industries fined for unneeded repairs

A unit of Progress Rail Services has agreed to pay a criminal fine of $5 million after it admitted to performing unnecessary repairs on railcars, dumping brake shoes and other parts into the ocean to conceal evidence.

Friday, 08 December 2017 00:00

CNJ warehouse new HQ for candy giant

While its creator long ago disappeared into rail merger history, a 110-year-old former railroad warehouse in Newark, N.J. is looking like a sweet destination for the city and one of the world’s iconic candy companies.

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:49

O Canada! Intermodal up 18% in latest week

Total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 572,794 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.5% compared with the same week a year ago, according to the Association of American Railroads.

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 10:21

AAR, GoRail honor Rep. Shuster

The Association of American Railroads and GoRail have honored House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) with the Railroad Achievement Award.

Jennifer Ryan has been a strong voice for technical consistency but also a voice for better passenger access and services. As a former Facilities Engineer in High Tech, she has also been a strong advocate for ‘designing for maintainability’. Her commitment towards bringing others along is shown in her involvement in various STEM programs to support greater diversity in Engineering and Transportation.

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 12:44

Two join Anacostia short lines staffs

Anacostia Rail Holdings announced two marketing and sales appointments at its Louisville & Indiana and Chicago South Shore & South Bend railroad affiliates.

A native of the region served by Ontario Northland Railway, Moore joined the company in 2005 and worked her way up to Chief Operations Officer, when she helped lead an initiative to transform the company, which was threatened with defunding by the provincial government.

Passenger rail service providers now have until Dec. 4, 2018 to develop and implement a system safety program (SSP) according to the Federal Railroad Administration. FRA issued a notice of the stay of rule 49 CFR part 270, its fifth, in the Nov. 30 edition of the Federal Register citing multiple requests from state and labor partners.

Working in noise and vibration for EMD Progress Rail – what can generously be termed among the most complex and difficult fields in engineering – Grace Madden has worked tirelessly with exceptional skill and precision to lead her team and department at one of the storied brands in railroading.

Railcar repair and lessor The Andersons announced the retirement of Rail Group executives Rasesh Shah, president, and Vice President of Sales Charles (Chuck) Brown.

Friday, 01 December 2017 10:34

Women in Rail 2017 – Sharon Greene, HDR

Sharon Greene of HDR has been at the forefront of innovation in rail transportation finance and infrastructure development for more than 40 years. Specializing in transportation economics, infrastructure finance and transportation planning, she has developed innovative financial strategies for rail and transit organizations and managed programs for transit, intercity and commuter rail, as well as freight and goods movement.

Friday, 01 December 2017 00:00

STB modifies rules in rate review process

The Surface Transportation Board on Thursday issued a final rule in Expediting Rate Cases, Docket No. EP 733, to help improve and expedite the rate review process.

Fergus joined Genesee & Wyoming in 2005 and not long after was named one of the youngest female General Counsels in the history of the U.S. rail industry.

Thursday, 30 November 2017 14:30

Weekly rail volume inches ahead

Freight traffic for U.S. railroads for the week ending November 25 was 463,602 carloads and intermodal units, up 2.4% compared with the same week a year ago, according to the Association of American Railroads.

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