Author: Andrew Corselli

Flores Promoted to KCS VP Automotive and Intermodal Sales

Kansas City Southern (KCS) has promoted Rodrigo Flores from Vice President Automotive to Vice President Automotive and Intermodal Sales, effective Sept. 1, 2020. In this expanded role, Flores will be responsible for the automotive and intermodal business units in the U.S. and Mexico.

Beyah Named UP Chief Communications Officer

Clarissa Beyah has been named Union Pacific’s Chief Communications Officer. She will be responsible for driving the railroad’s corporate communications strategy, overseeing executive and employee communications, media relations, digital and social media, and serving as the communication’s adviser to UP’s chairman and senior leadership team.

Report: Fortress Wins Approval for Vegas Rail Reimbursement

According to a report on, DesertXpress Enterprises, a company backed by Fortress Investment Group’s private-equity funds, received the green light from the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank to get reimbursed for the cost of a Las Vegas rail project from a future bond sale, despite the fact that it failed to answer questions from California’s finance department.

Three Cheers for Intermodal!

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ended Aug. 22, 2020, which saw, for the third consecutive week, U.S. weekly intermodal volume up from the same week last year.

FTA Announces $400MM in Federal Funding

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a total of $400 million in federal funding to four transit infrastructure projects in Arizona, Indiana, Missouri and New Jersey.

MPR Ships First Locomotive for Steel Dynamics

Motive Power Resources, Inc. (MPR) has completed and shipped the first locomotive of a four-locomotive order for Steel Dynamics, Inc.’s new Sinton, Texas, facility, which is scheduled to begin production in early 2021.

USDOT Issues $50MM Highway-Rail Crossings NOFO

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) that provides up to $50 million in grants for commuter rail agencies working to improve safety at highway-rail crossings. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 26, 2020.

“The Rock” to Begin Phase 1 of Port of Rosedale Restoration

The first phase in the restoration of the Great River Railroad rail service to the Port of Rosedale, Miss., is set to commence. The Chicago Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, a Mississippi LLC, is to begin clearing and repairing track leading to the Port of Rosedale in Bolivar County, Miss.

CHSRA Releases Revised NOP, NOI for LA to Anaheim Project Section

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) issued a Revised Notice of Preparation (NOP) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and a Revised Notice of Intent (NOI) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), for the 30-mile Los Angeles to Anaheim Project Section.