Class I

For the week ending March 12, 2016, North American freight rail traffic experienced a 12.8% drop in carloads and a 10.3% drop in intermodal, the Association of American Railroads (AAR)…
As RBN Energy LLC analyst Sandy Fielden describes in Slow Train Coming: The Decline and Fall of East Coast Crude by Rail, the economics of shipping crude oil out of…
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is accepting proposals for the Rail Safety IDEA Program, which supports the development and testing of innovative concepts and methods for improving railroad safety or…
Citing the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) acknowledgement of “little evidence or safety data” in its attempt to mandate two-person train crews, a proposed rule first announced by the FRA in…
BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) on March 10, 2016 announced a new Site Certification Program aimed at identifying optimal rail-served sites for customer development along its network. To launch the new…
South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) on March 10, 2016 announced a significant enhancement to international intermodal rail service between the Port of Charleston and the Charlotte Regional Intermodal Facility at…
OmniTRAX, Inc., one of the largest privately held transportation services companies in North America and an affiliate of The Broe Group, and the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority (ECIDA) are…
Kansas City Southern (KCS) announced March 11, 2016 the promotion of Jeffrey M. Songer from Senior Vice President Engineering and Chief Transportation Officer to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating…
On March 10, 2016, the Surface Transportation Board issued a decision, Docket No. FD 36004, “Canadian Pacific Railway Limited—Petition for Expedited Declaratory Order,” responding to CP’s March 2 petition, and…
Railroad rate complaints that come before the Surface Transportation Board for handling under SAC (Stand-Alone Cost) case handling will be subject to “expeditious handling”—a decision rendered in no more than…
Canadian Pacific on March 9, 2016 filed a preliminary proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that outlines the shareholder resolution to be considered at the upcoming Annual…
BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) on March 9, 2016 announced that its 2016 capital expenditure program in Illinois will be about $180 million. The largest components of this year’s capital plan…
Increased pressure on North Dakota crude oil producers is “finally” putting the brakes on Bakken crude production, writes RBN Energy LLC analyst Sandy Fielden in Is It All Over Now?…
Intermodal experienced a modest gain of nearly 5% for the week ending March 5, 2016, offsetting an 8% drop in carload traffic compared with the same week in 2015, the…
The Federal Railroad Administration Office of Research and Development has funded the development of an analytical model for simulating train operations known as the Train Energy and Dynamics Simulator (TEDS).…
Canadian Pacific and the City of Vancouver on March 7, 2016 jointly announced that they have agreed to terms for the sale by CP of the Arbutus Corridor to the…
Union Pacific (UP) employees set an all-time reportable personal injury rate record in 2015, improving 11% from 2014 to 0.87, making UP the safest Class I railroad in the United…
Canadian Pacific, still in hot pursuit of Norfolk Southern, has filed a petition with the Surface Transportation Board seeking an expedited declaratory order for a proposed voting trust “confirming the…
The chasing by suitor Canadian Pacific of grand dame Norfolk Southern has reintroduced to the railroad chattering classes the nebulous term “public interest,” used often and broadly when mergers and…
Aided by a labor dispute at West Coast ports last year that impacted  volume, intermodal traffic experienced a spike of nearly 13% in February 2016, compared to the prior-year period,…
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