As of March 21, NS has helped to remove 7,784 tons of waste soil from the East Palestine, Ohio, derailment site. (NS Photograph)

NS’s Shaw: ‘We Support Legislative Efforts to Enhance [Rail] Safety’

Ahead of a March 22 Senate hearing on “Improving Rail Safety in Response to the [Feb. 3] East Palestine Derailment,” Norfolk Southern (NS) President and CEO Alan H. Shaw has released his

(Screen grab courtesy of TTX YouTube video)

TTX to Deploy Telematics Hardware on Railcars

TTX announced that it will begin deploying telematics hardware on its railcars in support of its railroad owners’ “drive for efficiency and customer growth.”

​Aerial view of March 4 derailment. (Courtesy of Clark County Emergency Management Agency)​​

NTSB Issues Preliminary Reports on Three NS Derailment Investigations

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued preliminary reports on three ongoing Norfolk Southern (NS) derailments that occurred March 4, March 7 and March 9.

STB: Rail Cost Adjustment Factor Set for 2Q23

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has adopted for second-quarter 2023 the rail cost adjustment factor (RCAF), defined as “an index formulated to represent changes in railroad costs incurred by the nation’s largest railroads over a specified period of time.”

Sumner County Tennessee Emergency Communications Training Officer Brooke Elkins learns about AskRail. (Caption and Photograph Courtesy of AAR)

Railroads Expanding Access to AskRail

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has teamed with the Sumner County, Tenn., emergency management agencies on a pilot project that adds AskRail data to their dispatching system. AskRail’s railcar contents information and emergency response guides will help to “ensure all first responders have accurate, timely information in the event of a rail emergency,” AAR reported March 20.

Sweatt NMB Nominee to Replace Fauth

President Joe Biden March 20 nominated Republican Loren Sweatt to succeed Republican Gerald W. Fauth III on the National Mediation Board (NMB). Senate confirmation is required. Sweatt has served in various government

Unifor reaches tentative agreements with CN. (Photograph Courtesy of Unifor)

CN, Unifor Reach Tentative Agreements

CN on March 20 reported reaching new tentative collective agreements with Unifor, its largest union, covering approximately 3,000 Canadian employees working in departments such as Mechanical, Intermodal and Facility Management as well as in clerical positions.

“We need to make sure our first responders are ready to respond to emergencies involving pipelines and hazardous materials,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

PHMSA: More Than $25MM to Improve Hazmat and Pipeline Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced March 20 more than $25 million available in grant funding through its pipeline and hazardous materials (hazmat) safety programs for projects that will “train first responders, strengthen safety programs, improve safety, reduce environmental impacts, and educate the public on local safety initiatives.”

MxV Rail: Registration Now Open for 28th Annual AAR Research Review

MxV Rail announced March 20 that registration is now open for the 28th Annual Association of American Railroads (AAR) Research Review, which will take place in Pueblo, Colo., June 26-28, 2023, bringing together MxV Rail experts, leaders from Class I and short line railroads, university students, and suppliers from around the world.

CP, TCRC-MWED Reach Tentative Collective Agreement

Canadian Pacific (CP) on March 17 announced that it has reached a tentative collective agreement with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Maintenance of Employees Division (TCRC-MWED), which covers approximately 2,600 engineering services employees in Canada.