Trump Administration shelves coal plan: Report

Amid economic and political pushback, the Trump Administration has quietly put plans to revitalize the coal industry on the back burner, according to a published report.

Rail a critical link as planners honor Port NOLA’s strategic vision

With rail as a central piece, the Port of New Orleans saw its development plans honored as it transforms the busiest U.S. Gulf maritime gateway.

$2.4M FRA safety grant for short lines

Proving grant funding isn’t just for infrastructure, an industry support organization will get a large check to help improve safety.

ASLRRA, Rockwell Collins partner on PTC

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has selected Rockwell Collins to assist tenant short lines in creating safety-related documentation required to obtain permission to operate over a host railroad’s Positive Train Control (PTC)-equipped territory. ASLRRA said this is “the next step in our plan to provide a suite of services for short line railroads equipping for PTC.”

Railway Interchange 2019 open for business

Exhibit space and sponsorships are now open for sale at Railway Interchange 2019, the largest railway exhibition and technical conference in North America. Indoor and outdoor exhibits will be available at the Minneapolis Convention Center and BNSF Railway’s Northtown yard, respectively. Exhibits will be open September 22-24.

Garden City port intermodal

Intermodal, crude lead AAR volumes higher in September

September’s change of seasons didn’t cool off the year-long rise in U.S. rail freight commodities and intermodal traffic.

Rail supply industry contributed $74.2B to GDP

A new report from Oxford Economics has found that the railway supply industry’s total contribution to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017 was $74.2 billion, which highlights the industry’s significant economic impact, said industry stakeholders.

BNSF, CSX launch LA-Ohio intermodal service

BNSF and CSX will launch a container-only direct-rail domestic and international intermodal service between Los Angeles and CSX’s Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal in North Baltimore, Ohio, on Oct. 29, 2018. The new service will run eastbound and westbound with departure offerings five days per week in each direction.

Aurizon taps Trimble for analytics

Aurizon, Australia’s largest rail freight operator, has contracted with Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Trimble Rail Solutions for the company’s R2M remote diagnostic and P2M planning and performance management systems.

Zmudzinski joins WSP

Robert Zmudzinski has been appointed Vice President and National Rail Systems Engineering Manager in the New York office of WSP USA, with responsibility for leading the firm’s transit and rail systems engineering team and support business development across the U.S.