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Bearing Down on Bearings

The bearing related derailment that occurred in East Palestine Feb. 3, 2023 on a Norfolk Southern line was tragic in many ways. Following months of investigation, the NTSB held a hearing on

Anthony Coscia (left), Normal, Ill., Mayor Christopher Koos (center), and Joel Szabat (second from right) have been confirmed as members of the Amtrak Board of Directors, which sets policy and oversees the management and strategic direction of “America’s Railroad.” (Screen grab from video of U.S. Senate Commerce Committee nomination hearing held June 23, 2023)

Transit Briefs: Amtrak, NJ Transit, TriMet

The U.S. Senate confirms the nominations for three Amtrak Board members. Also, New Jersey Transit plans a systemwide fare increase, the first since 2015; and Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) proposes replacing late-night MAX light rail with buses and streamlining MAX stations in downtown Portland to speed service.


BNSF Ready to Help Give Salmon Bay Bridge a Lift

If you’ve been through Salmon Bay in Seattle, you’ve likely seen the iconic Salmon Bay Rail Bridge, a transportation mainstay in the Pacific Northwest for more than 110 years. And now, thanks to a federal grant and support from BNSF, it will be revitalized to serve for many more years.

“We’re proud to support construction technology that helps communities build transit projects more quickly,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

FRA: $1.4B in Infrastructure Funding Through CRISI Program

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced Sept. 25 that it has invested more than $1.4 billion from President Biden’s Infrastructure Law into 70 rail improvement projects in 25 states and Washington, D.C.

“We have reached a milestone cleaning up the site in East Palestine safely, thoroughly and with urgency. @EPA-approved testing confirms all impacted soil has been removed from the south track,” NS reported via Twitter on April 15. The railroad in May wrote in a letter to senators of its intention to compensate area homeowners. (Screen-Capture Courtesy of NS video, via Twitter)

NS to Compensate East Palestine Homeowners

Norfolk Southern (NS) will establish a fund to compensate homeowners in East Palestine, Ohio for property value diminution in response to the Feb. 3 derailment there, NS President and CEO Alan Shaw

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Railway Age Strengthens Editorial Team

Three railroad industry veterans—Robert H. Cantwell, Michael Iden and Ron Sucik—have joined Railway Age as Contributing Editors, adding to the publication’s deep well of knowledge and experience. Principal of Rail Supply Chain


Real-Time Tracking: What Are We Waiting For?

“AEI (Automatic Equipment Identification) technology is 40 years old and tells us where our shipment was. What we need is a technology that tells us where our shipment is, and a more