Railway Age Announces 2021 ‘Fast Trackers’ 20 Under 40 Honorees

Railway Age is honoring 20 “Fast Trackers” from a pool of more than 100 strong nominations for this year’s 20 Under 40 awards program.

Dr. Allan M. Zarembski is Research Professor and Director of the Railroad Engineering and Safety Program at the University of Delaware, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Now Enrolling: UD Graduate Certificate in Railroad Engineering Program

The University of Delaware (UD) is accepting applications for its Graduate Certificate in Railroad Engineering program, 2021-22 academic year. Professionals and engineering graduates may enroll; GREs (Graduate Record Examinations) are not required.

Rail Group On Air: 2021 Railroader of the Year Keith Creel, Canadian Pacific

Railway Age’s 58th Railroader of the Year, Canadian Pacific President and CEO Keith Creel, talks with Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono about his career, and his mission at CP, in this audio version

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.

Through the Rail-Ready Sites program, OmniTRAX and the City of Washington Economic Development office are marketing three initial properties that can be combined into one site along the GWRC.

OmniTRAX: Growing Georgia Business

Denver-based OmniTRAX is linking rail-served properties along its 16-mile Georgia Woodlands Railroad (GWRC) with customers interested in locating in the Washington, Ga., area.

Acting Secretary of Transportation Steven G. Bradbury

Bradbury Acting U.S. SEC DOT

Following Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s resignation, effective Jan. 11, Steven G. Bradbury is Acting Secretary of Transportation in accordance with the Department’s established order of succession.

With funding through Pennsylvania's Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP), railroads and shippers will advance 26 improvement projects across the state.

PA Approves $31.3MM Rail Infrastructure Investment

The Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission has approved distribution of $31.3 million for 26 freight rail improvement projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP).

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.