Julie Gascon, President and CEO, Montreal Port Authority (CNW Group/Port of Montréal Photograph)

Julie Gascon to Lead MPA

The Montréal Port Authority (MPA) has appointed Julie Gascon as President and CEO, effective Feb. 12, 2024.

(BNSF Photograph)

AAR: U.S. Rail Traffic Uptick Continues in Week 47

For the week ending Nov. 25, 2023 (Week 47), total U.S. rail traffic was 415,332 carloads and intermodal units, rising 2.4% from the prior-year period, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported Nov. 29. It is the third consecutive week of gains for carloads and intermodal containers and trailers combined.

Since implementing Yard Planner in early September, Norfolk Southern said it has seen improvements in the predictability of its Norris Yard operations. (NS Photograph)

NS Debuts ‘Yard Planner’ to Boost Safety, Service

Norfolk Southern (NS) is implementing Wabtec’s Yard Planner technology at Norris Yard in Birmingham, Ala., “to improve our operational consistency and increase on-time delivery of freight to our customers,” the Class I

EPA Eyes Air Emissions Reporting Requirement Revisions (UPDATED 11/27)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing changes to its Air Emissions Reporting Requirements, which would involve state, local and certain tribal air agencies providing emissions data using different approaches and owners/operators of some facilities reporting additional emissions data. Update: The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has submitted comments in response to the proposal.


North American Freight Forum Under Way

The North American Freight Forum (NAFF), created by Philadelphia-based Strategic Rail Finance Chairman and CEO Michael Sussman, uses an interesting, different approach to try to link the energy and environmental impact characteristics

HCPHC Hosts Groundbreaking for Port Bienville Railroad Storage Yard

Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission (HCPHC), local officials and industry representatives gathered on Nov. 15 for the groundbreaking of the new Port Bienville Railroad Storage Yard at the McDonald Business Center in Bay Saint Louis, Miss.

(BNSF Photograph, near Louisville, Nebraska, along the Platte River, 2019)

FRA Issues Safety Advisory on Weather-Related Accidents/Incidents

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has released a safety advisory recommending six actions that railroads take “to reduce weather-related accidents/incidents and improve the efficiency of the national rail network during severe weather events.”

STB’s Oberman Announces Departure

In a category 5 hurricane force stunning announcement, Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairperson Martin J. Oberman announced late on Nov 16 that he will not seek renomination to a second term (his

Greenbrier Multi-Max Plus™: Versatility in Motion

The versatile, bilevel Multi-Max Plus™, designed and built by The Greenbrier Companies, addresses the constantly changing requirements of transporting motor vehicles by rail. Specifically designed to carry tall cargo vans such as the Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Stellantis Ram ProMaster, GMC BrightDrop and Rivian EDV 700 and built on our low-level flatcar frame, it has the tallest allowable car height in the industry—Plate K, 20 feet, 2 inches above top-of-rail—a 14-inch height advantage over traditional 19-foot Plate J bilevel auto racks. Unique, rapidly adjustable decks on both ends of the Multi-Max Plus make it “deck-compatible” with Plate J bilevel auto racks, thereby maximizing loading flexibility.

Union Pacific’s Todd Hackel (white shirt) attended the grand opening of the Kansas City facility with Dana Transport representatives Kim Feager, Dennis Lawless and Shawn Hensley. (Caption and Photograph Courtesy of UP)

UP Transforms Property Into Rail Transload Facility for Plastic Pellets

An unused Union Pacific (UP) rail yard located in the heart of Kansas City has a renewed lease on life with the recent opening of a rail transload facility in a critical Midwest transportation corridor.