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BLET in catbird seat over crew consist
News item: Vouchsafed to work jointly in gaining legislation or regulation mandating two crew members on every freight train are the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Union (SMART) and…
Amid strike, Bombardier moves three Rockets
A strike by 900 workers continues at Bombardier Transportation's Thunder Bay, Ontario, plant, but the company still moved the first three of 420 Toronto Rocket subway cars for delivery to…
Darr to succeed Timmons at ASLRRA
The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has selected Linda Bauer Darr, a former U.S. Department of Transportation official with nearly 20 years of trade association experience in…
MTA: Second Avenue Subway, second phase, please
Signaling a commitment to continued subway expansion, Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO and Chairman Thomas Prendergast has requested funding for Phase 2 of New York City Transit's Second Avenue Subway, long…
InnoTrans touts "Future Mobility Park"
Modal options, some only distantly related to rail, some purportedly transcending rail, will be featured at the "Future Mobility Park" hosted by InnoTrans 2014, scheduled to take place Sept. 23-26,…
Railroad Ten-Year Trends available from the AAR
Now available from the Association of American Railroads is the latest edition of Railroad Ten-Year Trends, which contains a variety of railroad-related data for the years 2003-2012. More than 60…
STB sets 2013 railroad cost of capital at 11.32%
The Surface Transportation Board on July 31, 2014 issued its decision calculating the railroad industry’s after-tax cost of capital for 2013 as 11.32%, a slight increase over 2012’s 11.12%. The…
Rail freight traffic continues to grow
The Association of American Railroads reported continued growth in U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 26, 2014, with 306,988 total carloads, up 4.3% compared with the same week…
What history can tell us about things to come
In February 1882, Joseph Osgood allowed shortsightedness to steer him wrong. As newly-appointed chief engineer for the California Southern Railroad (which would later become part of the Santa Fe Railway),…
KCSR reorganizes operating department
Kansas City Southern has made organizational changes within the operations department of its U.S. subsidiary, The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR).
CN, CP: Bring on the harvest
Canada’s 2014-2015 grain harvest will soon be under way, and both CN and Canadian Pacific say they are well-prepared to accommodate the new harvest with a steady throughput rate in…
When you get a good deal, take it
Arbitrator Robert O. Harris told the United Transportation Union (UTU) and railroads in 1991, then unable to agree at the bargaining table, “Welcome to the oldest established craps game in…
EPA railcar overview: Short-term deliveries rising, with a “formidable” backlog
Economic Planning Associates has once again raised its estimate for 2104-2015 freight car deliveries, based on “a strong first-half 2014” and “a formidable backlog” approaching 100,000 units.
Analysts, legal and financial experts weigh in on DOT’s HHFT NPRM
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued by the U.S. DOT for HHFTs (High-Hazard Flammable Trains) hauling crude oil and other commodities the DOT deems hazardous in tank cars has produced…
Thompson to SMART reps: “You have hit a grand slam”
In a July 20, 2014 letter to SMART-Transportation Division International Representative John W. Babler and General Chairperson Randall S. Knutson, former United Transportation Union International President Paul C. Thompson expresses…
Class I employment rises in June
Figures released by the Surface Transportation Board show total Class I railroad employment as of mid-June 2014 rose 1.02%, to 166,139, from June 2013, and also gained modestly previous month,…
BNSF, SMART seek historic crew consist revision
A gutsy, proactive, and far-sighted collaboration between BNSF and a general committee of its largest labor union has produced a tentative agreement to allow freight trains equipped with Positive Train…
NS releases latest sustainability report
Norfolk Southern Corp. released its latest "Connections" sustainability report Wednesday, July 16, 2014, detailing its ongoing efforts to contribute to a cleaner environment, a healthier economy, and stronger communities.
AAR Associate Membership grows by five
Five companies joined the Association of American Railroads as Associate Members in June 2014.
MUNI employees ratify SFMTA contract
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) said Tuesday, July 15, 2014 that "Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, which represents Municipal Railway (MUNI) transit operators, voted to ratify a new three-year…
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