Author: Carolina Worrell

Intermodal Briefs: HCPHC, Port of Toronto, GPA

The Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission (HCPHC) receives $7.32 million in funding for Phase 1 of the Port Bienville Intermodal Expansion Project. Also, the Port of Toronto has a strong 2023; and the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) approves funding for Brunswick Harbor improvements.

Mark Lester, Project Director, Associate Vice President, HNTB (left); and Terri Mestas, Deputy CEO, Sound Transit (right).
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People News: HNTB, Sound Transit

Mark Lester joins HNTB as a Project Director and Associate Vice President. Also, Terri Mestas joins Sound Transit as Deputy CEO for megaproject delivery.

AAR: Carloads Down, Intermodal Up for Week 12

U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 23, 2024 (Week 12) was up 2.1% from the prior-year period, as intermodal gains more than offset carload losses, according to the Association of American Railroads’ (AAR) latest report.

The last Train #75, SP's Lark, with SDP3206 on the point ready to leave Los Angeles, April 8, 1968. Wikimedia Commons/Drew Jacksic

Report: Dreamstar Lines Signs MOU With UP for Coast Line Track Access

Dreamstar Lines of Newport Beach, Calif., has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Union Pacific (UP) “formalizing the parties’ negotiations toward a comprehensive final agreement” and “identifying the fundamental terms for Dreamstar to operate its trains” on UP’s Coast Line via Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and San Jose, according to a SFGate report.

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Class I Briefs: CSX, BNSF

CSX makes a $10 million donation toward the Museum of Science & History’s (MOSH) move to the Northbank in Downtown Jacksonville, Fla. Also, BNSF’s Needles Third Mainline, Segments 1 and 2 project is recognized with the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) Engineering Honor Award for California.

ASLRRA President Chuck Baker

ASLRRA Honors Safety Professional, Safety Person of the Year; Names 2024 Environmental Award Winner

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has named Mission Mountain Railroad (MMR) Railcar Repairman Sam Pederson as its Safety Person of the Year and Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) Training Program Manager Albert Manning as its Safety Professional of the Year. Also, Sierra Northern Railway is named ASLRRA’s 2024 Environmental Award winner. All three awards were presented on March 25 at ASLRRA’s Annual Conference, held this year in Kansas City, Mo.

Nate Servis, CFO, Cando Rail & Terminals
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Servis Named Cando Rail & Terminals CFO

Owner and operator of first- and last-mile rail infrastructure Cando Rail & Terminals has announced that Nate Servis has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, effective March 26. Servis succeeds Rick Soenen, who is retiring.