(NS Video Screenshot, Courtesy of NS via Twitter and LinkedIn)

Watch: NS Debuts Updated Operating Plan

Norfolk Southern (NS) on June 27 announced a new operating plan that it says will drive service, productivity and growth.

Official groundbreaking for CSX’s 63rd Street container storage yard took place June 21. The Chicago yard is slated to open in December 2022. (Photograph Courtesy of CSX)

CSX Boosting Chicago Intermodal Capacity

CSX has broken ground on a $25 million-plus container storage facility in Chicago to support its 59th Street and Bedford Park intermodal terminals.

The Port of Savannah handled more than 519,000 TEUs in May.

Intermodal Roundup: Port of Savannah, Port of Los Angeles Hit Record Highs

The Georgia Ports Authority’s (GPA) Port of Savannah moved an all-time high 519,390 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in May, breaking the previous record of 504,350 set in October 2021. GPA’s May volumes

Political Pedantry, NIMBY Nervousness, Maritime Mendaciousness

Recently, three filings with the Surface Transportation Board in opposition to the Canadian Pacific-Kansas City Southern merger application came across the transom that strike me as odd. One is from a California Congresswoman. The second (multiple letters, actually) is from a Chicago region group called The Coalition to Stop CPKC. The third—and strangest—is from three Federal Maritime Commissioners.

AAR: Carloads Rise a Little, Intermodal Falls a Lot

U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 18, 2022 (Week 24) was 501,207 carloads and intermodal units, down 2.5% compared with the same week last year. Total carloads were 232,921, up 0.4%, while U.S. intermodal volume of 268,286 containers and trailers fell 4.9%. Year-to-date, carloads improved an almost negligible 0.02%, but intermodal dropped 6.3%, compared to the prior-year period.

The Middle Georgia Megasite—adjacent to Georgia Highway 96 in Peach County—will be served by Norfolk Southern, which can access the Port of Savannah and Port of Brunswick in less than five hours. (Map Courtesy of Development Authority of Peach County, Ga.)

Industrial Development Briefs: NS, Watco

The state of Georgia and the Development Authority of Peach County purchased a 1,113-acre industrial development site to be served by Norfolk Southern (NS). Also, Bartlett, a Savage Company, kicked off construction of its $375 million, Watco-served soybean crushing plant in southeast Kansas.

Carolina Worrell Returns to Railway Age

Carolina Worrell has returned to the editorial staff of Railway Age after a six-year absence, rejoining as Senior Editor and working alongside Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono and Executive Editor Marybeth Luczak.  Worrell

Kenny Rocker, EVP of Marketing and Sales for Union Pacific (right), is featured on the June 15 edition of the Port of Long Beach’s monthly video series with Executive Director Dr. Noel Hacegaba.

Watch: POLB, UP Talk Supply Chain Challenges

Port of Long Beach (POLB) Deputy Executive Director Dr. Noel Hacegaba and Union Pacific Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales Kenny Rocker cover how the port and Class I are addressing supply chain congestion and partnering to help relieve it as well as information sharing and offering customers “optionality” in the June 15 installment of POLB’s “Supply Chain Insight” video series.

Kari Gonzales of MxV Rail (center) and members of the Ricardo team visit the H2ICE test cell at Ricardo’s Shoreham Technical Center. (Caption and Photograph Courtesy of Ricardo)

For Ricardo and MxV Rail, a Strategic Alliance

U.K.-based Ricardo and MxV Rail (formerly Transportation Technology Center, Inc., or TTCI) have signed a strategic alliance agreement that will bring together the two company’s engineering and testing capabilities.

Rail Insights 2022: STB Chair Oberman, Itzkoff to Engage in ‘Spirited Discussion‘

At Railway Age’s Eighth Annual Rail Insights Conference, to be held virtually June 23, Surface Transportation Board Chairman Marty Oberman and Railway Age Contributing Editor Don Itzkoff talk about STB’s oversight of the rail industry.