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A one-mile evacuation is complete and firefighters near Galena, Ill., on Friday, March 6, 2015 continued to monitor an ongoing fire caused by the derailment of six BNSF crude-by-rail tank cars near the Mississippi River in northern Illinois.

Norfolk Southern has named James Squires chief executive officer, succeeding Wick Moorman. The action by the company's board of directors is part of its planned succession process and will be effective June 1, 2015.

Eight U.S. Senators this week introduced the Short Line Railroad Rehabilitation and Investment Act of 2015, designed to extend Section 45G (26 USC 45G) short line track maintenance tax credits that expired in 2014, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) said Wednesday, ...

The U.S. House of Representatives on March 4, 2015 passed the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015 (PRRIA, H.R.749) “with widespread bipartisan support,” according to Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Denham (R-Calif.).

The U.S. railroad industry has been scrambling since 2008 to meet the requirements of an unfunded federal government mandate—namely, having Positive Train Control installed and fully operational by Dec. 31, 2015 on 60,000 miles of track where hazmat and passenger trains operate. Parallel to t ...
In a case involving CSX Transportation, the United States Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, March 4, 2015 that the State of Alabama should be given the chance to justify a fuel sales tax it assesses on railroads but not on competitors in the trucking and barge industries.
U.S. freight rail traffic for the week ending Feb. 28, 2015 fell, dragging February's totals down with it, as U.S. freight carload traffic slipped for a second straight week, while U.S. intermodal extended a month-long slide, the Association of American Railroads reported Wednesday, March 4. AAR ...

As February ended, Siemens's Sacramento, Calif., plant sent out its 35th Amtrak Cities Sprinter 64 (ACS-64) electric locomotive, reaching the halfway mark of its planned delivery of 70 units.

As part of its ongoing effort to improve safety at railroad grade crossings, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on Monday, March 2, 2015 announced a first step in a new, multi-faceted campaign aimed at strengthening enforcement and safety awareness at grade crossings.

March 12, 2015 is the groundbreaking date set by supporters of St. Louis Loop Trolley, making the beleaguered project a more likely reality after several setbacks and challenges to the proposed 2.2-mile route.

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