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FRA proposes new rail safety rule
The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that it says will "require railroads to train and qualify employees in safety-related positions on federal railroad safety laws,…
RailComm expands system at BNSF yard
RailComm has expanded its existing yard system at BNSF's mechanical facility in Memphis, Tenn. RailComm's Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) System is used to remotely control derails.
NCCC, BMWE line up in accord
The nation's freight railroads say they have reached a tentative agreement with the last of 13 labor unions, the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees.
Rail accidents and fatalities decline
A new report by the Federal Railroad Administration's Office of Safety Analysis shows that in the first 11 months of 2011, U. S. railroad accidents and incidents declined 5.7% from…
U.S. weekly freight traffic called “mixed”
U.S. freight carload traffic for the week ending Jan. 28, 2012 was down 2.8% compared with the fourth week of 2011, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. By contrast,…
CP increases crude oil shipments
Canadian Pacific announced it is now shipping crude oil by rail from a new transload facility near Lloydminster, Sask. CP said the facility is a facility is a key enhancement…
IANA: Intermodal growth continues
Intermodal container volume set a new record in 2011 with 12.4 million moves, beating former record-year 2007 by 3.7%, the Intermodal Associaton of North America (IANA) said Thursday.
PTC revamp, big trucks in SAFETEA-LU successor
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Wednesday introduced a five-year surface transportation funding bill, a successor to the now-expired SAFETEA-LU, that would extend Congress’ mandated deadline for Positive Train Control…
BNSF sets $3.9 billion capex for 2012
BNSF Railway Co. on Wednesday announced a planned 2012 capital commitment program of approximately $3.9 billion, up $400 million, or about 11.4%, from its 2011 capital spend of $3.5 billion.
AAR: Big truck threat looms again
Legislation designed to fix the nation’s crumbling transportation infrastructure will actually accelerate road and bridge damage and trigger an increase in taxpayer subsidies to the trucking industry, the Association of…
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