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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.
UP renews share repurchase program ahead of schedule
Union Pacific’s Board of Directors on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, approved the early renewal of its share repurchase program, authorizing repurchase of up to 60 million common shares by Dec.…
NS achieves best-ever CDP score
Norfolk Southern said Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, it has achieved its best-ever score in CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) reports that grade large U.S. and global companies on how well they…
UP to grain customers: We can handle it
Union Pacific shipped an all-time-high number of grain trains to the Pacific Northwest in October 2013, and says it is poised to help its customers take advantage of a record…
KCS revamps operations department
Kansas City Southern announced the reorganization of several operations department functions late Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.
U.S. energy independence—with the railroad industry’s help
Largely based upon increasing output from shale formations, the United States will surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil producer by 2015, and be close to energy…
CP Holiday Trains ready to roll
Canadian Pacific’s annual Holiday Train program, now in its 15th year, is one of the longest-running fundraising programs in North America. Each 1,000-foot Holiday Train—one operating in Canada, one in…
STB decision upholds federal preemption of state statutes
The Surface Transportation Board has ruled that claims filed against Norfolk Southern in certain Virginia state court lawsuits are preempted by federal law. STB, in “NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY—PETITION FOR…
Destination America: The Alaska Railroad
The television network “Destination America,” which is part of the Discovery Communications group of networks (TLC, Animal Planet, etc.), will be premiering a new series, “Railroad Alaska,” on Saturday, Nov.…
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