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Taming the PTC elephant
The pressing issue for the railroad industry’s communications and signal engineers is whether or not Positive Train Control (PTC) is going to be complete and fully functional by the fast-approaching…
BNSF's best days are just ahead
If recent reports published by Railway Age and others regarding BNSF's clogged network have managed to discourage any shipper or industry-related investor, I have news that might brighten their outlook.
Amtrak bustitutes westbound Empire Builder
Honoring a request by BNSF Railway for a temporary service adjustment, Amtrak will alter its westbound Empire Builder schedule through North Dakota through Sept. 30, 2014, using chartered buses to…
Northwest congestion spurs intermodal shift
Historically high levels of traffic, plus numerous track and capacity improvement projects that are currently under way, are both putting the squeeze on BNSF's northern corridor, with intermodal a potential…
Basin Transload, BNSF to connect with Tesoro oil facility via new pipeline
Basin Transload LLC, a 60%-owned subsidiary of logistics and marketing company Global Partners LP that transloads crude oil to BNSF, has executed a pipeline connection agreement with Tesoro High Plains…
STB: BNSF, KCS, UP mediation "mandatory"
The Surface Transportation Board is directing BNSF Railway, Kansas City Southern Railway, and Union Pacific to "Engage in mandatory mediation to resolve" the issue of trackage rights over nine miles…
Data drought haunts FRA crew-size mandate
By the Federal Railroad Administration’s own congressional testimony, the years 2012 and 2013 were among the railroads’ safest on record, while the relatively few train crashes were mostly the result…
Room for more freight in San Diego?
San Diego’s potential is huge, provided the region’s short lines and port can secure critical state and local funding.
STB to review railroad service issues
The Surface Transportation Board announced Tuesday, April 1, 2014 that it will hold a public hearing on April 10 "to provide interested persons the opportunity to report on recent railroad…
Amtrak stretches Empire Builder schedule in response to BNSF congestion
In recent months, the ontime performance of Amtrak’s Empire Builder has been severely impacted by heavy freight train congestion on host railroad BNSF Railway’s Northern Corridor. A near-exponential spike in…
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