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Roadmap to oil train safety emerging
On Jan. 10, 2014, three days after a string of tank cars derailed from a CN freight train in rural New Brunswick, clean-up specialists summoned from Louisiana attached charges to…
Keolis lands MBTA regional rail contract
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has awarded Keolis Commuter Services an eight-year, $2.68 billion contract to operate MBTA regional rail passenger service for the Bay State. Two extension options of two…
UP: New Laredo-Memphis intermodal/automotive service
Union Pacific has initiated a new intermodal service between Laredo, Tex., and Memphis, Tenn., “supporting growing transportation needs for the automotive manufacturing and intermodal marketplaces.”
NS: $2.3 billion in industrial investment in 2013
Norfolk Southern, through participation in the location of 67 new industries and expansion of 25 existing industries along its rail lines in 2013, spurred customer investments of $2.3 billion, creation…
Kelley, O’Connor in new roles at Union Pacific
Union Pacific has appointed vice presidents D. Lynn Kelley and Joseph O’Connor to new positions within the organization, effective Feb. 1, 2014.
Metro-North president to step down
Howard R. Permut, president of MTA Metro-North Railroad and an original team member of the railroad since its creation in 1983, reportedly will step down from his post by month's…
Luke Reardon Joins Pandrol USA
Bridgeport, N.J.-based Pandrol USA says Luke Reardon has joined the company as a sales and customer service representative, based at company headquarters.
Report: MBTA mulls new operator
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) reportedly is considering replacing Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co. (MBCR), its current contract operator of MBTA regional rail service.
New NYC DOT chief: Polly Trottenberg
Polly Trottenberg, familiar to the rail industry in her role as Under Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, will serve as the Transportation Commissioner for New York…
Crude oil loaders fail in hazmat classification
In their quest for a smoking gun, lawyers developing a class action suit on behalf of the victims of the July 6 calamity at Lac-Mégantic say they have found disturbing…
RSI accepting 2014-2015 scholarship applications
The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) is now accepting 2014-2015 school year applications for the RSI Scholarship Program, which provides a minimum of five $5,000 scholarships each year. Since 1989, RSI…
Canada cracking down on CBR shippers
Canada’s government has ordered Transport Canada to crack down hard on crude oil shippers who they say continue to evade a directive that they test the contents of tank cars…
Railinc upgrades CHRNSS application
Railinc has upgraded its Car Hire Rate Negotiation Self-Service (CHRNSS) application, “enhancing the ability of railroads, car owners, and third-party leasing companies to query, view, and manage data essential to…
BNSF: Ice rises; Rose blooms
The announcement of a leadership transition at BNSF Railway was not unexpected: Effective Jan. 1, 2014, Carl Ice, President since 2010, will add the title of Chief Executive Officer. Matt…
Midwest Association of Rail Shippers sets Winter Meeting agenda
“Rail Shipping—Powering America’s Economy” will be the theme of the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) 2014 Winter Meeting, to be held January 15-16 at the Oak Brook Hills Resort-Chicago…
AAR sets Associate Advisory Board seats
The Association of American Railroads has established its Associate Advisory Board (AAB) seats for calendar years 2014-2015. The AAR received more than 70 nominations for 32 seats on AAR committees.
CN adds frac sand producer in Wisconsin
CN will start serving a new state-of-the art frac sand producer on its Wisconsin rail network beginning this month. Such industrial sands are used by the oil and gas industry…
Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman named Railroader of the Year
December 9, 2013: Joseph H. Boardman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amtrak, has been named 2014 Railroader of the Year by railroad industry trade journal Railway Age.
2014 TRAFFIC AND SPENDING OUTLOOK: A capital year for suppliers
2013 has been a record year for the railroads, “a very robust and challenging year for growth and re-investment,” in the words of BNSF chief executive Matt Rose. The indications…
CP appoints Demosky as Exec VP, CFO
Canadian Pacific has announced that Bart Demosky has been appointed Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, effective Dec. 28, 2013.
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