Amtrak Awards Construction Contract for East River Tunnel Rehabilitation

Amtrak will begin major rehabilitation of the East River Tunnel—a critical link on the Northeast Corridor (NEC)—in New York City later this year following the award of a construction contract to a Skanska E-J ERT Joint Venture (JV).

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The Clock is Ticking: Railroads and the Net-Zero 2050 Goal

The Class I railroads set ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the past 5-10 years, but a review of recent data shows mixed progress at best. Two of these

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CN Partners With First Responders to Keep Communities Safe

Local training in Memphis—and across CN’s network—focuses on emergency preparedness.

Mexico’s Next President Continues Passenger Train Revival

President-elect Claudia Sheinbaum will focus on routes from Mexico City to the north.

Transit Briefs: BART, PANYNJ, Metro-North

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) releases its annual Sustainability Report. Also, the majority of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s (PANYNJ) PATH riders are now using the commuter rail’s new tap-and-go fare payment system; and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Metro-North Railroad unveils its fifth heritage locomotive.

Marier Appointed TSB Chairperson

The Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board (TSB, Canada’s equivalent of the U.S. NTSB) has a new incoming Chairperson: Yoan Marier, a TSB member since September 2020. His appointment to a

(Photographs Courtesy of CN, left, and CPKC, right)

Canadian Class I’s, TCRC Bargaining Updates (Updated July 15)

Separate negotiations with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) have been under way at intervals for CN and Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC), with the assistance of federal conciliators.

PHL, BLET Division 214 Ratify Contract

Anacostia Rail Holdings subsidiary Pacific Harbor Line (PHL) and 145 members of BLET (Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen) Division 214 (Long Beach) have ratified a three-year extension of their current Collective

NS Releases Latest Progress Report

Norfolk Southern (NS) on July 11 released its latest “Forging a Better Tomorrow” report, detailing the Class I’s progress on “advancing its first Climate Transition Plan (CTP), enhancing safety and investing in its communities.”

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Has STB’s Primus a Pro-Labor Agenda?

NEWS ITEM: Robert E. Primus, named by President Biden in May to succeed Martin J. Oberman as Surface Transportation Board (STB) chairperson, last week scheduled a public hearing in Washington for Sept.

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