Analysis: ‘Big 4’ Revised STB Service Recovery Plans

The four largest U.S. freight railroad companies—BNSF, CSX, Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific—all reported, per the request of the Surface Transportation Board, supplemental information about their efforts to improve service and network fluidity. This is, of course part, of an ongoing STB service investigation with public hearings held back on April 26 and 27 of this year.

USDA to STB: ‘Move Forward’ With Private Railcar Rulemaking

The Petition for Rulemaking that would update the demurrage and accessorial rules governing the railroads’ use and handling of privately owned freight cars “is a step in the right direction,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in comments filed June 30 with the Surface Transportation Board (STB).

NTSB Chair Homendy and NTSB investigators, along with investigation party members, walk the accident scene of the June 27 grade crossing collision and derailment between an Amtrak passenger train and dump truck near Mendon, Mo. (Photograph and Caption Courtesy of NTSB, via Twitter, June 29)

NTSB Investigation of Amtrak Southwest Chief Derailment Under Way, BNSF Track Opens, Lawsuits Filed (UPDATED July 1)

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief train 4 traveling eastbound from Los Angeles to Chicago on June 27 derailed after striking a dump truck that was obstructing a public grade crossing in Missouri.

USDOT: $573MM Railroad Crossing Elimination Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) on June 30 released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the new Railroad Crossing Elimination Program. More than $573 million in grant funds will be available in Fiscal Year 2022.

Greg Regan, President of the Transportation Trades Department (TTD), AFL-CIO

TTD to Lawmakers: Boost STB Enforcement Authority on Common-Carrier Obligations

Transportation Trades Department (TTD), AFL-CIO President Greg Regan is urging a bipartisan group of lawmakers to support legislation reauthorizing the Surface Transportation Board (STB). His agenda: to clarify the railroads’ common carrier obligation and to provide “more effective mechanisms” for the STB to enforce it. Railway Age Capitol Hill Contributing Editor Frank N. Wilner weighs in.

Mueller was sworn in June 29 as the sixth MTA Chief of Police

People News: NYMTA, OneRail Coalition, STV, HDR

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has appointed a new MTA Chief of Police. Also, OneRail Coalition announced winners of Canby Awards, STV welcomed new key leaders throughout Texas, and HDR

The public comment period on KDOT's State Rail Plan draft will remain open for 30 days.

KDOT Requests Comments on State Rail Plan

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is requesting comments on its draft State Rail Plan, which provides an overview of freight rail networks in Kansas, commodity flows, economic data and information about

The Jake Awards are named for the late Lowell S. "Jake" Jacobson, President and General Manger of the Copper Basin Railway.

ASLRRA Names 2022 Jake Safety Award Winners

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) honored on June 29 364 member railroads with the Jake Safety Award for above-industry-average safety performance during 2021. Of the recipients, 20 are

Photograph Courtesy of CN, via Twitter

CN to IBEW: ‘Return to the Bargaining Table’

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) “has failed to respond to CN’s latest offer to resolve the ongoing strike, now in its 10th day,” the Class I railroad reported June 29, noting in a Twitter update that it is “maintaining normal rail operations across Canada.”

Mid-Coast Corridor Progress UCSD Viaduct progress on May 15, 2018 MCTC Pouring Frame 5 / Pepper Canyon Station stem and soffit pour.

Rail Group On Air: 2022 RT&S Top Projects, Part 1

RT&S, a Railway Age sister publication, takes a closer look at the Mid-Coast Corridor Projects in San Diego, Calif. The endeavor was on this year’s RT&S Top Projects list.