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AAR: Grain gains, motor vehicle moves up, oil and coal decline
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported for the week ending August 20, 2016, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 531,484 carloads and intermodal units, down 6.4% compared with the…
Union Pacific named Railroad of the Year by RICA
The Railway Industrial Clearance Association (RICA) announced its selection for 2016 Railroad of the Year: Union Pacific.
ASLRRA applauds Amtrak's selection of Moorman
The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) released the following statement by President Linda Bauer Darr in response to the Amtrak Board of Directors’ introduction of Wick Moorman…
"Fall peak" changes for the rail industry, also
Surface Transportation Board Chairman Daniel R. Elliott III is discontinuing the practice of sending an annual letter to the railroad industry asking Class I and other railroads to comment on…
CTC allocates $55M to rail, safety projects in California
The California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated $814 million to 135 transportation projects in the state and includes $55 million to four rail and safety projects.
Wick Moorman named Amtrak chief executive
Amtrak’s next President and Chief Executive Officer is an experienced and deeply respected Class I freight railroader who brings more than 40 years in railroading to the position: Charles W.…
California pushes forward Sustainable Freight Action Plan
Evolving from an Executive Order issued last year by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and a draft version issued in May 2016, California has now released its Sustainable Freight Action…
FRA’s quarterly PTC whip-cracking
A quarterly status update released Aug. 17, 2016 by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) “underscores the need for railroads to implement Positive Train Control (PTC) as quickly and safely as…
AAR: total U.S. weekly traffic down 5.3%
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reports for the week ending August 13, 2016, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 534,533 carloads and intermodal units, down 5.3% compared with the…
Union Pacific announces marketing & sales leadership appointments
Union Pacific announced multiple Marketing & Sales leadership appointments, effective Sept. 1:
AAR doubles down on FRA crew size proposal
In comments submitted August 16 in response to a July 15th public hearing, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) again urged the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to withdraw its proposed…
GWI moves to acquire P&W
Add regional Providence & Worcester Railroad Co. (P&W) to Genesee & Wyoming Inc.’s growing stable of Class II and III carriers. GWI announced Aug. 15, 2016 that it plans to…
Investment Results: CSXT and LIRC take to upgraded track
Starting September 1, train traffic on the Louisville and Indiana Railroad (LIRC) between Louisville, Ky., and Seymour, Ind. will begin moving at increased capacity, faster and more often.
PTSI, CRSA offer physical characteristics training conference
PTSI Transportation and the Chicago Railroad Superintendents Association are jointly offering the Railroad and Rail Transit Physical Characteristics Training and Testing: Are We Where We Need to Be? conference in…
Pennsylvania to allocate $61.9 billion to statewide transportation improvements
Pennsylvania’s State Transportation Commission (STC) has announced updates to the state’s 12-Year Transportation program, effective Oct. 1.
KCS upgrading Greenville Subdivision
Kansas City Southern (KCS) announced August 10th that its subsidiary, The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR), is investing approximately $13 million in 2016 on construction and improvement projects on…
AAR: Weekly rail traffic down 5.5%
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) on August 10, 2016 reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending August 6, 2016. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was…
Capturing BNSF's record crop season
Contributing Editor Bruce Kelly captures the growth of BNSF's grain haul this summer: a westbound grain train at left in Marshall, Wash., just outside of Spokane, passing an empty grain…
CP: Ackman cashes out
Pershing Square Capital Management L.P. principal Bill Ackman has sold all his shares in Canadian Pacific, walking away with a cool $1.5 billion.
So what does the “X” in “CSX” really mean?
Last December, in my From the Editor magazine column (“Time to choose a name,” December 2015), I attempted to explain how CSX was named.
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