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Trump budget: Reduce Amtrak, FTA New-Starts; kill TIGER grants; privatize air traffic control
Eliminating Amtrak’s long-distance trains, curtailing the FTA’s New-Starts program, eliminating the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) discretionary grant program, and privatizing the FAA air traffic control system are among…
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…
Rail freight traffic—including coal—registers another gain
The Association of American Railroads (AAR), in reporting U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 11, 2017, noted that total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 510,638 carloads and intermodal…
Railway Age honors Prendergast as Railroader of the Year
Former New York MTA Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast was honored as Railway Age’s 54th Railroader of the Year at a dinner of the Western Railway Club on March 14…
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…
FINANCIAL EDGE March 2017: He sure plays a mean game of Railroad
When the Financial Edge last addressed the topic of Hunter Harrison, it was during the failed takeover of Norfolk Southern (NS) by Canadian Pacific (CP). Pursuit of NS was not…
MSU RMCP offers two seminars
The Railway Management Certificate Program (RMCP) at the Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business is offering two new short seminars for key management issues and opportunities facing the…
Watco debuts new Jaxport railroad
The Jacksonville Port Terminal Railroad (JXPT) officially began services on March 8.
Amtrak committed to Gulf Coast service restoration
Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman reiterated his railroad's commitment in a letter to seeing rail service restored along the Gulf Coast.
Schneider, CSX re-up with multi-year deal
Intermodal and transport provider Schneider and CSX have signed a new multi-year agreement.
Railroads outpace all U.S. infrastructure in new report card
American railroads earned a grade of B for infrastructure while the rest of the U.S. sectors got a barely-passing D+ in the latest report card from the American Society of…
Rails-to-trails activist Burwell dies at 69
David Burwell, 69, the Ivy League-educated lawyer-turned-public activist who helped convert abandoned railroad lines into trails and parks, died Feb. 1 at his home in Bethesda, Md.
BNSF settles environmental lawsuit over coal car spills
Could the conventional hopper car be going the way of the steam locomotive? In Seattle BNSF Railway settled a lawsuit brought by the Sierra Club and other environmental groups for…
Siemens turns out first WSDOT Charger
Siemens has rolled out the first production SC-44 Charger locomotive from its Sacramento facility, part of an eight-unit order for the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Tierney to succeed Batory at Conrail
Conrail’s Board of Directors has named Timothy Tierney President and Chief Operating Officer, effective April 1. Tierney succeeds Ronald Batory, who is retiring after nearly 46 years in the railroad…
Coal leads weekly rail traffic gains
Coal led all gainers as rail traffic in the U.S. totaled 521,607 carloads and intermodal units for the week ending March 4, up 1.8 percent from the same week in…
Trump nominates Rosen for DOT No. 2 role
Jeffrey Rosen has been nominated by President Donald Trump as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Export grain buyers shifting to Gulf ports as PNW delays persist
Brutal winter weather threatens to further delay export grain shipments by rail and vessel loading at Pacific Northwest ports, but that could be a boon to maritime centers along the…
Record turnout for Railroad Day in Washington
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A record number of railroaders, suppliers, and customers on March 2 converged on the Capitol for the annual lobbying event known as Railroad Day to meet Congressional…
Jason Seidl: Quick take on EHH at CSX
Now that E. Hunter Harrison has become CEO of CSX, “we expect additional layoffs in addition to the recently announced 1,000 members of management,” says Cowen and Company Managing Director…
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