BNSF President and Chief Executive Officer Katie M. Farmer (BNSF Photograph)

IANA Honoring Farmer for Intermodal Achievement

The Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) will present BNSF President and CEO Katie Farmer with its 2023 Silver Kingpin Award at the Intermodal EXPO, to be held Sept. 11-13 in Long Beach, Calif.


‘Railroad Happy Hour’ Report: Volumes Falling Short, Service Improving

At TD Cowen’s latest “Railroad Happy Hour,” leaders in the rail and logistics market said they continue to face a soft volume environment, though service improvements are a step in the right

NS Bid to Acquire CSR Still Faces Legislative Hurdle (Updated June 1, 2023)

Norfolk Southern is looking to purchase the 338-mile Class II Cincinnati Southern Railway (CSR), which it and its predecessor railroads have been operating under a 141-year-old lease agreement with its owner, the

Three Class I Railroads Named to Forbes’ Net Zero Leaders List

Three of the six Class I railroads have been named among the top 100 U.S. companies in Forbes’ first-ever sustainability ranking, with CSX placing in the top 10.

(Photograph Courtesy of UP, via Twitter)

UP, SMART-TD Ratify Agreement

Union Pacific (UP) and General 953, part of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers-Transportation Division (SMART-TD), have ratified a crew-consist agreement, maintaining two-person crews, SMART-TD reported May 31.

Now On Line: Railway Age June 2023 Digital Edition

Railway Age’s June 2023 issue is now available digitally, featuring the annual Guide to Equipment Leasing.

CN On Track to Lower Carbon Intensity

Canada’s largest railway, CN, has nearly 20,000 route-miles of track, moving more than C$250 billion of goods every year. As a leader in striving to reduce carbon intensity, the company has set

STB Issues Draft EA for UP’s Proposed Arizona Line

The Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) on May 31 released a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for Union Pacific’s (UP) proposed new six-mile single-track rail line in Mesa, Ariz. It analyzes the potential environmental and historic impacts of the line, which would link UP’s Phoenix Subdivision main line to industrial properties southeast of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

AAR: North American Rail Volume Down Through 21 Weeks

For the first 21 weeks of 2023 (ending May 27), total U.S. weekly rail traffic dipped 4.1% from the same point last year, according to the Association of American Railroads’ (AAR) May 31 report. Both Canada and the U.S. saw declines, while Mexico saw an increase.

Under FRA’s proposed rule for dispatcher certification, railroads would be required to have “formal processes for training prospective dispatchers, as well as verifying that each dispatcher has the requisite knowledge, skills, safety record, and abilities to safely perform all of the safety-related dispatcher duties mandated by federal laws and regulations, prior to certification.” (Union Pacific Photograph)

FRA Eyes Dispatcher, Signal Employee Certification

Freight railroads, Amtrak and commuter railroads would be required to develop certification programs for network dispatchers and signal employees under new Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) proposals.