Short Lines & Regionals

Between now and 2039, nearly $13 trillion will be needed for rail, transit, highways, bridges, drinking water, stormwater, wastewater, electricity, airports, seaports and inland waterways. But if the U.S. keeps pace with planned spending—currently totaling $7.3 trillion—it will face a $5.6 trillion investment gap by 2039, the ASCE report found.

ASCE: ‘Close the Infrastructure Investment Gap’

Inadequate U.S. infrastructure improvements could lead to a decline of more than $23 trillion in business productivity and a loss of $10.3 trillion in GDP over the next two decades, according to a recently released American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) economic study.

AAR: Intermodal Double-Digit Gains Continue

For the week ending Jan. 9, 2021, total U.S. rail traffic was 525,253 carloads and intermodal units—up 4.7% from the comparable week of 2020, ending Jan. 11—based on a double-digit intermodal gain, according to an Association of American Railroads (AAR) Jan. 13 report. Total carloads of 235,404 fell 1.6% vs. the comparable week in 2020, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume of 289,849 containers and trailers rose 10.4% vs. 2020.

Peter Anastor, Director, Office of Rail, Michigan Department of Transportation (left); Kristin Steiner, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Sales, Transit Wireless; Mark Boyle, Vice President, R.J. Corman Railroad Services LLC.

People News: MDOT Rail Director; R.J. Corman VP; Transit Wireless Sales Leader

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) named Peter Anastor, Director, Office of Rail; R.J. Corman Railroad Services LLC promoted Mark Boyle to Vice President, succeeding Rick Johnson, who transitions to Advisor; and Transit Wireless hired Kristin Steiner as Head of Strategic Partnerships and Sales.

RBMN: Growth in the Time of COVID

In the midst of a COVID-19-driven substantial economic slowdown that impacted North American 2020 freight rail traffic, Class II Reading & Northern Railroad (RBMN)—Railway Age’s four-time Regional Railroad of the Year (2002, 2011, 2015, 2020)—posted another banner year, breaking previous records for carloadings and freight revenue.