Brookville ships out BL05 locomotive

Brookville, Pa.-based Brookville Equipment Corp. said Monday, March 9, 2015 it “shipped an all-new highly-customized 88-ton diesel-hydraulic yard switching locomotive to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS&IMF) in Bremerton, Wash.”

CP, Unifor ratify labor agreement

Canadian Pacific on Monday, March 9, 2015 announced that Unifor members have ratified a labor agreement covering approximately 1,200 active mechanical employees working on the Class I railroad.

APTA: U.S. transit ridership highest in 58 years

U.S. use of public transit, including bus and various rail modes, in 2014 attained the highest level in 58 years, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) said Monday, March 9, 2015. APTA said 10.8 billion trips were recorded on public transport in 2014.

No slowdown for FasTracks

Want proof that American cities away from the coastlines can commit to passenger rail and an auto-alternatives future? Look to Denver. Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) may be guilty of modesty.

Indiana DOT scuttles Amtrak Hoosier State

The Indiana Department of Transportation on Friday, March 6, 2015, officially pulled the plug on continuing Amtrak’s Hoosier State passenger rail service, with the train’s last day of service now slated for April 1.

CTA 2014 ridership drops, but rail sets record

Ridership on Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operations fell 3% during 2014, driven by an 8% decline in bus ridership, CTA’s largest clientele, and overshadowing a gain in rail ridership of 3.9% measured against 2013 totals.

CBR train fire burns after Illinois derailment

A one-mile evacuation is complete and firefighters near Galena, Ill., on Friday, March 6, 2015 continued to monitor an ongoing fire caused by the derailment of six BNSF crude-by-rail tank cars near the Mississippi River in northern Illinois.

NS names Squires CEO, succeeding Moorman

Norfolk Southern has named James Squires chief executive officer, succeeding Wick Moorman. The action by the company’s board of directors is part of its planned succession process and will be effective June 1, 2015.

Senators introduce 45G tax credit measure

Eight U.S. Senators this week introduced the Short Line Railroad Rehabilitation and Investment Act of 2015, designed to extend Section 45G (26 USC 45G) short line track maintenance tax credits that expired in 2014, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) said Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

Weather, port problems prompt U.S. freight slump

U.S. freight rail traffic for the week ending Feb. 28, 2015 fell, dragging February’s totals down with it, as U.S. freight carload traffic slipped for a second straight week, while U.S. intermodal extended a month-long slide, the Association of American Railroads reported Wednesday, March 4. AAR cited weather woes and port-related problems for much of the slide.