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It shouldn't take a $300 million man
What has been will be again; what has been done will be done again. There is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, “Look!…
Precision railroading, with a humane face
One of Keith Creel’s first acts upon becoming Canadian Pacific CEO in February was a call to his counterpart at the union representing the railway’s train and engine (T&E) crews.…
Who will Trump nominate? Perhaps …
Two months into the Trump Administration, the Washington Post says his nomination process, leading to Senate confirmation, is moving more slowly than any in history. The New York Times describes…
Labor’s double-down bet on Trump
With collective bargaining between 13 labor unions and the nation’s Class I freight railroads (plus some regionals and short lines) over wages, benefits and work rules in its third fitful…
Punitive enforcement measures do NOT improve safety
Late last year, the Federal Railroad Administration announced that safety fines in 2016 were the highest in agency’s 50-year history, surpassing the previous record-breaking year in 2015 and suggesting the…
Michael Ward, railroader and philanthropist
Now that Michael Ward has retired as CEO of CSX, he will remain in Jacksonville and continue the work that he loves as much as running a railroad—giving back to…
Please don’t toss the Angus burgers, OK?
I travel between the New York metro area and Washington D.C. several times a year on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor trains, and I always treat myself to one of those tasty…
Rusty Spike Award for Dow’s hypocrisy
Some three decades ago, the Association of American Railroads bestowed Rusty Spike Awards to recognize hypocritical posturing by those seeking legislative or regulatory advantage at the expense of railroads.
Caltrain Electrification delay: Everyone loses
As we’ve been reporting and editorializing on for the past couple of weeks, Caltrain’s electrification project has been jeopardized by a delay of federal funding that is based on the…
It’s getting a bit windy around Jacksonville
Press releases disguised as letters? Or letters disguised as press releases? In a corporate power struggle, either method can be deployed with the intent of influencing shareholders. Both sides in…
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