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U.S. Rail Traffic Uptick Continues in Week 38

For the week ending Sept. 23, 2023 (Week 38), total U.S. rail traffic was 493,323 carloads and intermodal units, up 2.8% from the prior-year period, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported Sept. 27. It is the second consecutive week of gains for carloads and intermodal units, following weeks of losses or virtually flat results for both.

GPA Prepares for the Future, Adds Inland Rail Connectivity

Garden City Terminal at the Port of Savannah handled 49,115 containers by rail in August, approximately 89,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), an increase of 6% over the same month last year, Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) announced on Sept. 26. Intermodal cargo represented 21.6% of total containers, an uptick in that ratio of roughly 7% compared to August 2022.

Map of the Norfolk Southern and FEC intermodal service offerings, including their newly announced lanes.

Class I Briefs: NS/FEC, BNSF

Norfolk Southern (NS) and Class II Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) are expanding their domestic intermodal interline services for customers doing business in Florida. Also, a grant from the BNSF Railway Foundation allows the Osceola, Ark., Fire Department to purchase a new drone.

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Railway Supply Group Acquires Railroad Tools and Solutions

Railway Supply Group, a diverse family of supply companies that includes Industry-Railway Suppliers, Unity Railway Supply, Wichita Railway Services, IRECO and Davanac, recently announced that it has acquired Railroad Tools and Solutions

BNSF Ready to Help Give Salmon Bay Bridge a Lift

If you’ve been through Salmon Bay in Seattle, you’ve likely seen the iconic Salmon Bay Rail Bridge, a transportation mainstay in the Pacific Northwest for more than 110 years. And now, thanks to a federal grant and support from BNSF, it will be revitalized to serve for many more years.

Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, has debuted legislation proposing that municipalities fund the design and construction of new GO Transit stations, according to The Canadian Press.

Transit Briefs: GO Transit, NYPD/NYMTA, PennDOT, REM

Ontario, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure eyes a new way of funding GO Transit stations. Also, an autonomous security robot will report for duty in the New York City Subway; Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Norfolk Southern (NS) finalize an agreement to expand Amtrak Pennsylvanian passenger rail service; and noise mitigation measures are being implemented on Réseau express métropolitain in Montreal.

Stefan Fuchs, Chairman of the Executive Board of FUCHS SE (left), and John Kasel, President and CEO, L.B. Foster Company (right)
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L.B. Foster, FUCHS Extend Partnership to Additional Rail Markets

L.B. Foster, a global technology solutions provider of products and services for the rail and infrastructure markets announced on Sept. 25 that its partnership with lubricant manufacturer FUCHS Lubricants Co. will be extended to additional rail markets in South America, Australia and China.