New Guidance for Transit Joint Development Projects

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) released new guidance that aims to increase flexibility for transit agencies to work with developers to build projects that benefit transit systems and their communities.

KCS Joins Operation Clean Sweep

Kansas City Southern (KCS) has formally joined the global network of Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS)—the Plastic Industry Association and American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division’s campaign to reduce pellet, flake and powder loss for greater product stewardship and environmental protection. OCS aims to reach all aspects of the plastics industry and is being adopted globally through the Global Declaration of Solutions to Marine Litter.

Amtrak Completes PTC Implementation

Following installation on approximately one mile of slow-speed track in the Chicago terminal, Amtrak has now implemented Positive Train Control (PTC) on all of its owned or controlled tracks and locomotives.

CP Releases Sustainability Report

CP has released Sustainably Driven, its 2019 corporate sustainability report and new framework for sustainability reporting, highlighting the company’s successes and achievements in the areas of safety, operational excellence and social impact.

FRA “Highly Pleased” With 98.8% PTC Implementation

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)’s second-quarter 2020 update on railroads’ self-reported progress on fully implementing Positive Train Control (PTC) by the Dec. 31, 2020 deadline shows that, as of June 30, 2020, the job is 98.8% complete. Nearly all railroads subject to the statutory mandate are operating their systems in revenue service or in advanced field testing, known as revenue service demonstration (RSD), with PTC technology remaining to be activated on only approximately 700 required route-miles.

AAR: U.S. Weekly Intermodal Volume Slightly Up From 2019

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ended Aug. 8, 2020, which saw U.S. weekly intermodal volume at 277,054 containers and trailers, up 1.9% compared to

CP Invests in HQ Solar Energy

Canadian Pacific (CP) has begun work to install a solar energy farm at its corporate headquarters in Calgary. The installation “is expected to generate more power than consumed annually at CP’s main headquarters building by early 2021.”

CP: “We’re Back” on the Atlantic Ocean

Canadian Pacific (CP) officially launched its international intermodal service through the Port of Saint John, N.B. the morning of Aug. 11. The inaugural train carried containers from the Hapag-Lloyd vessel Detroit Express bound for intermodal terminals on the CP network in Canada and the U.S.

Peduzzi Promoted to WSP West Region Alternate Delivery Leader

WSP USA has promoted Jacqueline (Jackie) Peduzzi to Alternate Delivery Leader for the West region.

Amtrak Enlists GWU for COVID-19 Response Advice

Amtrak has engaged the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (GW Milken Institute SPH) in an effort to provide ongoing technical expertise and guidance to enhance Amtrak’s coronavirus pandemic response.