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The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has recognized seven railroads with its President’s Award, honoring companies “that truly achieved exemplary safety accomplishments, both for the year and over extended periods.”

ASLRRA, in a statement, said, “Four of these railroads earned President's Awards for reaching their 34th consecutive year without an FRA-reportable personal injury. These railroads are: the Delta Valley & Southern Railway Co.; the Hollis & Eastern Railroad Co.; the Louisville, New Albany & Corydon Railroad; and the Omaha Lincoln & Beatrice RailwayCo.”

wprr-1201.jpgThe association noted that Willamette & Pacific Railroad, Inc. (pictured) achieved two President's Awards, "the second time in the history of the President’s Awards that this has occurred. The WPRR earned awards for having the lowest FSI (frequency/severity index) in the 250,000+ man-hours category, as well as for having the most man-hours while maintaining an FSI of 0.00." The Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Co. claimed a President's Award for having the most man-hours below the industry average FSI.

The West Texas & Lubbock Railway Co. won the Most Improved Award.

ASLRRA said 235 of its railroad members earned Jake Awards with Distinction for reaching the ultimate goal of achieving a 0.00 FSI for the entire year. An additional 105 railroads received Jake Awards for having an FSI rate lower than theindustry average of 20.26.

More details, including a full list of winners for the Jake Awards, can be obtained at the ASLRRA’s website, and looking under the association’s “Hot Tracks” category.

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New safety statistics posted on the Federal Railroad Administration's website Wednesday show that railroad fatalities declined 13.5% to a total of 45 in January compared with January 2008. Trespasser fatalities were down 15.4% to 22 and deaths at highway/rail grade crossings declined 17.4% to 19. There were three employee fatalities in January, compared with one in January last year.

These figures generally extended the trend set in 2008, when total fatalities declined 5.7% to 797, with trespassing fatalities down 3.4% to 454 and grade crossing fatalities down 14.9% to 285. There were 25 employee fatalities last year, compared with 17 in the prior year.

Comparing January 2009 with January 2008, total accidents/incidents were down 15.5% to 892; train accidents declined 23.1% to 170; the number of collisions dropped 31.6$ to 13; derailments were down 22.2% to 123; and yard accidents decreased 21.6% to 80.

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Palo Alto, Calif., is hiring legal counsel to object to plans by the California High Speed Rail Authority to route trains along Caltrain right-of-way. The city council claims the authority’s 2008 environmental certification did not fully disclose the potential impact of high speed rail to neighborhoods along the route.

The move counters the city council’s endorsement of the HSR project last fall. "The more we've gotten into this, it's become clear there have been a number of procedural defects," said city council representative Larry Klein. "There was perhaps not as much disclosure asthere should have been. I think [the legal action] can help improve that process."

Nearby Menlo Park and Atherton earlier objected to the current HSR plans, filing suit last August.

The $44 billion HSR system would run from San Diego through Los Angeles to two northern termini, one at Sacramento, the state capital, and the other in San Francisco via San Jose (and Palo Alto). California voters last fall approved Proposition 1A, which generates more than $9.9 billion in state funding throughbond sales. Trains would operate at speeds of up to 220 mph over a system of 700 miles.

California’s two U.S. senators and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) subsequently pledged to seek federal dollars to support the project. Joined by others in the California congressional delegation, they submitted a letter last week to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood praising the Obama Administration's support for HSR and intercity rail, which "will help create thousands of high-paying jobs in California and across the country."

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Canadian National Tuesday announced the appointment of four executives to leadership positions in operations, effective immediately.

gordon-trafton.jpgCN said Gordon Trafton (pictured), senior vice-president, Southern Region, is now senior vice-president, Strategic Acquisitions and Integration, charged with overseeing the continued, successful integration of the former Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway Co. into CN’s network. Trafton is based in Chicago.

Jim Vena moves from senior vice-president, Western Region, into Trafton’s previous slot as senior vice-president, Southern Region; he, too, is based in Chicago.

Mike Cory, most recently senior vice-president, Eastern Region, has been appointed senior vice-president, Western Region; Cory, who joined CN in 1981, will be based in Edmonton, Alberta.

Jeff Liepelt, who was vice-president, Operations, Southern Region, has been promoted to vice-president, Eastern Region. Liepelt, who joined the former Illionis Central in 1978, will be based in Toronto.

All four officers will report to Keith Creel, CN executivevice-president, Operations.

"I am pleased to announce these appointments as they demonstrate CN's outstanding depth of skilled leaders," said E. Hunter Harrison, president and chief executive officer of CN. "The combined operations expertise of these experienced railroaders gives me great confidence in the continued success of our organization."

 

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Ontario provincial leaders have introduced legislation to merge GO Transit, the transit system serving metropolitan Toronto, with Metrolinx, the regional planning agency charged with growing public transit in the Greater Toronto Area.

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The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has named Robert D. Jones, vice president of RailAmerica’s West Region, as the 2008 “Safety Person of the Year.”

Jones was cited for his dedication to safety and innovative leadership, not only in his region, but also across all of RailAmerica. In 2008, all eight railroads in the West Region achieved an injury-free year. RailAmerica’s West Region comprises 250 employees and nearly 1,800 miles of track across Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington.

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Jones will be recognized at the ASLRRA’s annual convention in Las Vegas, Nev., on April 27.

In addition to his work within the West Region, as head of RailAmerica’s Cross-Regional Safety Team, Jones led the company to its safest-ever year in 2008.  In 2007, Jones customized a program developed by David Sarkus and outlined in his book, “The Safety Coach: Unleash the 7Cs for World-Class Safety Performance,” to a railroad environment. Jones ingrained the 7Cs–caring, coaching, correcting, confirming, collaborating, clarifying, and conciliating–into the West Region’s safety culture, emphasizing a caring, positive approach to safety. Jones subsequently implemented the 7Cs model across all of RailAmerica’s properties. In 2008 personal injuries were reduced by 35%, and the company’s FRA frequency index (the number of injuries per 200,000 man hours) was reduced to 1.64, the best in RailAmerica’s history.

“Due to Bob’s leadership and vision, we have established an affirmative safety culture throughout RailAmerica thatemphasizes positive reinforcement and compassion for the individuals who workat our railroads,” said RailAmerica CEO John Giles. “Bob personally taught the 7Cs to RailAmerica’s five other regions, impacting more than 400 employees and demonstrating that a culture of caring can produce tremendous results.”

“I am truly honored and humbled by this award,” Jones said. “RailAmerica’s safety record is a team effort. From our senior management, which provides necessary resources and a supportive environment, to our front-line employees who never compromise on safety, everyone contributes to the strong safety culture at RailAmerica.”

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Washington sources said Monday that railroads and shippers are expected reach agreement on so-called "re-reg" legislation within about two weeks following intense and highly confidential negotiations involving all the key players: carriers, "captive shippers," legislators (especially Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.) and Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D.-W.Va.), and labor interests.

"There should be a shipper/railroad consensus bill by mid-April," said one source, who added that the Association of American Railroads board had agreed earlier this month to compromise on shipper issues.

The legislation has to do with the railroads' remaining antitrust immunity and perceived competitive abuses.

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Goldman Sachs analyst David Feinberg advised clients in aresearch note that he expects railroads to experience a turnaroundbeginning in this year's secondhalf, though he now believes their loss of volume during the year will be as high as 13.3% vs. his earlier forecast of 10.8%. He also expects the industry to maintain prices 4% higher than lastyear.

Among specific carriers, Feinberg upgraded  BNSF to "buy" and droppedUnion Pacific's rating from "buy" to"neutral." Taking note of BNSFs "superior" intermodal franchisee, he said BN has recently been takingvolume away from rival UP.  

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Alton & Southern Railway Co. has expanded its existing RailComm Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) System by adding 14 remotely controlled power switch machines at the Bowl and Crest sections of its yard. The 14 switches were added to the existing DOC® system and eliminated handthrow switches.

A point-to-multipoint wireless data communications network was established utilizing RailComm’s RADiANTTM Data Radio technology.

Alton & Southern, a switching operation based in East St. Louis, Ill., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Union Pacific.    

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