Freight

(Photograph Courtesy of CP via Twitter)

CP Delivers Grain-Haul Record, Community Support

Canadian Pacific (CP) on Feb. 2 reported moving 2.29 million metric tons (MMT) of Canadian grain and grain products in January 2023, setting a new record for the month, despite rain delays in Vancouver. Also, the Class I railroad has chosen BC Children’s Hospital Foundation as the primary charity partner of its 2023 Women’s Open golf tournament.

From Left to Right: ASLRRA Chairwoman Judy Petry; RTA CFO Kevin Bueso; and INRD Director, Safety and Training Austin Milton.
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People News: ASLRRA, RTA, INRD

American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) Chairwoman Judy Petry retires from Farmrail. Also, Chicago’s Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) welcomes Kevin Bueso as new Chief Financial Officer (CFO); and Indiana Rail Road (INRD) promotes Austin Milton to Director, Safety and Training.

ASLRRA now offers an Advocacy section of its website with separate pages for important freight rail issues.

ASLRRA Promotes Advocacy Online

As part of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s (ASLRRA) mission to advocate on behalf of its members with regulators and legislators, it has unveiled advocacy pages on its website, covering the small-road position on a number of key topics.

North Dakota, Wisconsin Develop State Rail Plans

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has published an updated and, for the first time, combined State Freight and Rail Plan (SFRP). Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) draft Wisconsin Rail 2050 is now available for review and comment.

Commentary

Real-Time Tracking: What Are We Waiting For?

“AEI (Automatic Equipment Identification) technology is 40 years old and tells us where our shipment was. What we need is a technology that tells us where our shipment is, and a more

Nehls Chairing Rail Subcommittee

Texas Republican Troy E. Nehls, who represents the state’s 22nd Congressional District (Fort Bend County) and is in his second term, has assumed chairmanship of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee

“Rail traffic began 2023 much the same way we ended 2022—demonstrating reasons for both optimism and caution,” said AAR Senior Vice President John T. Gray.

AAR: ‘The Worst January for Intermodal Since 2013’

“It was the worst January for intermodal since 2013 with major retailers cutting back on inventories and consumer spending—especially on goods—having contracted,” Association of American Railroads (AAR) Senior Vice President John T. Gray reported on Feb. 1.

Antonio Marquez, conductor, San Antonio, Tex. (Photograph Courtesy of UP)
Commentary

Military Prepared Marquez for Life on the Rails

How do Union Pacific (UP) employees provide safe and reliable service year-after-year in a 24/7 outdoor factory? Conductor Antonio Marquez credits his 18-year reportable injury-free career to situational awareness and knowing what’s required to safely complete each job.