Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) reportedly is considering replacing Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co. (MBCR), its current contract operator of MBTA regional rail service.
Canadian Pacific and Genesee & Wyoming, Inc., in a joint announcement Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, said they had "executed an agreement pursuant to which CP will sell the west end of its Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern (DM&E) line to G&W for continued rail operations."
Polly Trottenberg, familiar to the rail industry in her role as Under Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, will serve as the Transportation Commissioner for New York City's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, who assumed office Jan. 1, 2014.
U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Dec. 28, 2013 advanced strongly, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. U.S. freight carload traffic gained 8.1% when measured against the comparable week in 2012, while U.S. intermodal volume did even better, up 10.6%.
U.S. public transit users headed for work, school, or other tasks as 2014 began once again were receiving unequal fiscal pre-tax transport treatment from the federal government, something that was commonplace through 2008, though less so in recent years.