Author: Marybeth Luczak

Amtrak has released its 10th Sustainability Report, disclosing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) activities during FY 2023, from Oct. 1, 2022, through Sept. 30, 2023 (Photograph by Mike Armstrong for Amtrak)

Transit Briefs: Amtrak, MARTA, MBTA

Amtrak issues a Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Sustainability Report, detailing its progress to Net-Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2045. Also, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) adopts FY 2025 operating and capital budgets; and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) delays the launch of South Coast Rail.

“Looking ahead, I anticipate a moderate increase in cargo as we move into summer and we recapture business by delivering the top-notch customer service that makes us the Port of Choice,” POLB CEO Mario Cordero reported June 13. (POLB Photograph)

Intermodal Briefs: POLB, Port NOLA, Georgia Ports, Ports of Indiana

Cargo was down in May at California’s Port of Long Beach (POLB) due to “[s]hifting trade routes and canceled voyages.” Also, intermodal rail volumes at the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) rose more than 15% year-to-date, when comparing January through May; Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) in May logged a 22% increase in container volume over the same month last year; and Ports of Indiana seeks to develop multiple international container terminals in the state.

NS Network Operations Center “war room.” (Screenshot of NS video)

Watch: NS ‘War Room’ Boosts Team Collaboration, Network Performance

Norfolk Southern (NS) has released a video showcasing its newly established Network Operations Center (NOC) “war room.” Vice President Network Operations Rodney Moore says it is all about “the need for speed” and “bringing velocity back to our network, redeveloping our train plans, our terminal plans, to provide consistent, reliable, repeatable, and resilient service.”

(Courtesy of TSB)

TSB Releases Final Transportation Occurrence Stats for 2023

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has published its final annual statistical summaries from 2023 on transportation occurrences (accidents and incidents) in the rail, air, marine, and pipeline sectors, showing accidents were down from the previous year for all sectors but air.

Pictured, Left to Right: WSP’s Jerry Jannetti, Sofia Berger and Jannet Walker-Ford. (WSP Image)
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People News: RMG, WSP

Todd Whitmore and Zach Christinson join the executive team at Rail Modal Group (RMG), an Albany, N.Y.-based integrated intermodal transportation services provider. Also, engineering, environment and professional services firm WSP realigns its U.S. business.

Pictured: Chemvest Holdings US Inc.’s 13.7-acre dual rail-served site in Gulf Inland Logistics Park. (Liberty Development Partners Photograph)
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Chemvest Holdings US Buys Rail-Served Site in Texas

Liberty Development Partners has sold a 13.7-acre, dual rail-served tract within a Texas industrial park to Chemvest Holdings US Inc., which is expanding its operations and accessibility to the Gulf Coast region for transloading industrial products.

Metra, Union Pacific, state, and local officials cut the ribbon to officially open the new Peterson/Ridge Station in Chicago. (Metra Photograph)

Transit Briefs: Metra, NJT

Metra launches its long-awaited commuter rail station in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. Also, New Jersey Transit (NJT) advances its Brick Church Station modernization and Brielle Drawbridge replacement projects.

Two of BNSF’s automotive facilities, operated by service partner Inter-Rail Group, were recognized by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) as among of “the best in North America.” (BNSF Photograph)
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Class I Briefs: BNSF, CSX, UP

Two BNSF automotive facilities earn quality excellence awards from the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Also, CSX and Union Pacific (UP) are among the 100 companies on Forbes’ Net Zero Leaders list; and more than 1,000 UP managers wrap up a two-day “Operational Excellence” workshop.