Now On Line: Railway Age’s May Digital Edition

The May 2021 issue of Railway Age is available digitally, covering topics from carbon neutrality and cybersecurity to the rebirth of streetcars, and showcasing the honorees of our second-annual Readers’ Influential Leaders poll.

UP Issues 2020 ESG Report

Union Pacific (UP) has released an annual report on environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives, outlining its new strategy, “Building a Sustainable Future 2030.”

“Growth in both international and domestic intermodal shipments was driven by increased retail sales and inventory replenishments by retailers, along with increased e-commerce activity,” BNSF said in its first-quarter 2021 earnings report.

BNSF Releases 1Q21 Earnings

For first-quarter 2021, BNSF posted revenues of $5.401 billion, virtually flat with the year-earlier period, and volumes of 2.449 million, led by Consumer and Agricultural products, the railroad reported May 3.

CN + KCS Proposal: Stakeholders Speak Out (UPDATED)

Customers and other stakeholders are voicing support as well as concerns to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) about CN’s proposed combination with Kansas City Southern (KCS), according to simultaneous press releases from CN and Canadian Pacific.

People News: Keolis Group, WSP USA, STV, Operation Lifesaver

Keolis Group makes Executive Committee appointments; WSP USA National Transit and Rail Leader receives Woman of the Year Award from the Northeast Florida Chapter of WTS International (WTSI); STV appoints Vice President; Operation Lifesaver, Inc., (OLI) announces new members of the Board of Directors and National Advisory Council.

The legislation would provide $500 million annually, from 2022-2026, to help state, local and Tribal governments plan and construct projects that would “improve safety or reduce congestion.”

Railroads Support Crossing Separation Legislation

U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to create a grant program for highway-rail grade crossing separation and other track relocation projects.

Once fully operational, UP’s new grain transload facility, collocated at Global IV in Joliet, Ill., will have the capacity to process 50,000 containers per year.

UP Expanding Chicago Intermodal Terminal

Union Pacific (UP) began construction this month on a grain transload facility collocated at the Global IV terminal in Joliet, Ill., to increase ag shipper connections to empty containers and the railroad’s West Coast port terminal network.

CN’s Bid for Kansas City Southern, with JJ Ruest and Rob Reilly: RAIL GROUP ON AIR PODCAST

One month after Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern announced their intent to merge into CPKC (Canadian Pacific Kansas City), CN made a counter-offer it said is a “superior proposal” that “will

EagleRail Container Logistics says its new system will move containers along an overhead track, and over other infrastructure, to replace the drayage truck model and alleviate port congestion.

Supply Side: EagleRail, National Steel Car, Alstom, Retlif

EagleRail Container Logistics will launch later this year an automated, overhead container transfer system for ports and intermodal operations; National Steel Car has temporarily suspended manufacturing after employees tested positive for COVID-19; work is under way for Alstom’s railcar facility expansion in Hornell, N.Y.; and Retlif Testing Laboratories has completed a yearlong cybersecurity compliance project for increased protection of rail and transit product testing.

People News: CN, NS, Bluejay Capital, STV

The CN Board of Directors appointed Roberta Louise Jamieson and Murray Sinclair as Co-Chairs of the Indigenous Advisory Council (IAC); Norfolk Southern (NS) elevated Frank Voyack to Vice President of Government Relations, succeeding Marque Ledoux; Bluejay Capital Partners hired Pierre-Luc Mathieu as Managing Partner; and STV promoted Paul Menaker to Vice President.