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North American Rail Solutions Acquires Tri Innovations

North American Rail Solutions (NARS) on June 20 announced that it has acquired Calgary, Alberta-based Tri Innovations Consulting, Ltd., a full-discipline engineering company focused on energy, transportation, agriculture and renewable spaces.

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AAR: North American Rail Volume Up Through Week 24

Through the first 24 weeks of 2024 (ending June 15), total North American carload and intermodal traffic rose 2.0% from the same point last year, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR). The U.S., Canada and Mexico all experienced gains.

Aerial view of Pier B, courtesy of Port of Long Beach.

POLB Sets $760MM Budget for FY 2025

The Long Beach (Calif.) Board of Harbor Commissioners has signed off on a $760 million budget for the Port of Long Beach’s (POLB) 2025 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2024, according

“Looking ahead, I anticipate a moderate increase in cargo as we move into summer and we recapture business by delivering the top-notch customer service that makes us the Port of Choice,” POLB CEO Mario Cordero reported June 13. (POLB Photograph)

Intermodal Briefs: POLB, Port NOLA, Georgia Ports, Ports of Indiana

Cargo was down in May at California’s Port of Long Beach (POLB) due to “[s]hifting trade routes and canceled voyages.” Also, intermodal rail volumes at the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) rose more than 15% year-to-date, when comparing January through May; Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) in May logged a 22% increase in container volume over the same month last year; and Ports of Indiana seeks to develop multiple international container terminals in the state.

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TSB Releases Final Transportation Occurrence Stats for 2023

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has published its final annual statistical summaries from 2023 on transportation occurrences (accidents and incidents) in the rail, air, marine, and pipeline sectors, showing accidents were down from the previous year for all sectors but air.

Pictured, Left to Right: WSP’s Jerry Jannetti, Sofia Berger and Jannet Walker-Ford. (WSP Image)
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People News: RMG, WSP

Todd Whitmore and Zach Christinson join the executive team at Rail Modal Group (RMG), an Albany, N.Y.-based integrated intermodal transportation services provider. Also, engineering, environment and professional services firm WSP realigns its U.S. business.

Pictured: Chemvest Holdings US Inc.’s 13.7-acre dual rail-served site in Gulf Inland Logistics Park. (Liberty Development Partners Photograph)
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Chemvest Holdings US Buys Rail-Served Site in Texas

Liberty Development Partners has sold a 13.7-acre, dual rail-served tract within a Texas industrial park to Chemvest Holdings US Inc., which is expanding its operations and accessibility to the Gulf Coast region for transloading industrial products.