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Port of LA Posts ‘Strong’ June Volume

The Port of Los Angeles processed 827,757 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in June, a 10% increase over the previous month and less than 1% compared to last June, which was the Port’s best month in 2023. Six months into 2024, the Port of Los Angeles is 14% ahead of the previous year.

Transit Briefs: NYMTA, Amtrak, LA Metro

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) celebrates a “massive” decrease in subway crime over the last four weeks. Also, Amtrak unveils a list of digital icons that the company will use in its messaging; and LA Metro’s “TAP to exit” program is helping to reduce violence on the agency’s system.

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PCCs Return to Philadelphia

Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 was a sad day on Girard Avenue in Philadelphia. It was the last day of service for the Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars that had run for so

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People News: NS, Valley Metro, IANA

Jackie Corletto, Norfolk Southern (NS) AVP Sourcing, is named as RailMarketplace (RMP) Board Chair. Also, Valley Metro CEO Jessica Mefford-Miller is selected as one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2024; and Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) President and CEO Joni Casey announces her retirement after 27 years of leadership.

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BNSF Seeks to Add New Location to Existing SCABT Waiver

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on July 16 announced that BNSF has requested to add the Missoula, Mont., location to its existing waiver regarding single air brake tests (SCABT), which permits the Class I railroad to change the repair track designation so that the track on which in-train wheel replacements are performed “is not designated a shop or repair track.”

AAR: North American Rail Volume Up Through Week 28

Through the first 28 weeks of 2024 (ending July 13), total North American carload and intermodal traffic rose 1.3% from the same point last year, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR). The U.S., Canada and Mexico all experienced gains.

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RSI Sets Expo Speaker Lineup

The Railway Supply Institute reports that 17 rail industry figures have confirmed their speaking slots at the Oct. 9-11  2024 RSI Expo & Conference, which includes a comprehensive Education program presented with five industry

Transit Briefs: Keolis, Metrolinx

Keolis partners with communities to brighten Fairmount Line stations. Also, Metrolinx customers can now add a PRESTO card to Apple Wallet; and crews break ground on Metrolinx’s future Ontario Line connection at Pape Station.

Class I Briefs: Capital Development Partners, CSX, BNSF, UP

A new 800,405-square-foot speculative rail service building located within the Cedar Port Industrial Park in Baytown, Texas, which will provide dual rail service to both Union Pacific (UP) and BNSF is now ready for immediate occupancy. Also, CSX and BNSF are named as one of America’s “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion” by the Disability Equality Index; and UP’s tuition-free college program helps employees build diverse skill sets.

POLB Posts Record June TEUs

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) set a TEU record for June, moving 842,446 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), up 41.1% from the same month last year and surpassing the previous record set

MTS Taps CRA, STV for TPSS Replacements

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has contracted with Chen Ryan Associates (CRA) to replace five traction power substations (TPSS) for the San Diego Trolley light rail system. CRA subcontractor STV Inc. is

NTSB Issues Final East Palestine Report

Approximately three weeks after its June 25 public meeting in East Palestine, Ohio, site of the Feb. 3, 2023 derailment of a Norfolk Southern freight train that resulted in a hazmat release

SEPTA Stepping Up Safety

SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) said on July 16 it will implement “additional initiatives and a series of corrective action plans (CAPs)” in response to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Safety Management