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CPKC Stadium opened March 16 for the KC Current, the professional women’s soccer team in Kansas City, Mo. (Screen Grab Courtesy of CPKC via LinkedIn video post)

Now Open: CPKC Stadium, Home of KC Current

One of the first stadiums purpose-built for a women’s professional sports team opened March 16 under the banner of Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC), which last fall reported signing a 10-year naming rights agreement with the National Women’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) Kansas City (KC) Current.

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.

BNSF, BMWED Ratify Paid Sick Leave Deal

The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division-International Brotherhood of Teamsters (BMWED) on Oct. 31 reported ratifying an agreement with BNSF that includes paid sick days.

Overhead photograph of the accident location in Houston, Tex., outside the Greens Port Industrial Park. Watco-subsidiary WDRL provides switching service for the facility. (Courtesy of NTSB; Source: Google Earth)

NTSB Releases Report on 2021 Houston Shoving-Movement Accident

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a report and three safety recommendations on shoving movements following its investigation of the Oct. 29, 2021, accident involving a Watco Dock and Rail LLC (WDRL) conductor killed when a train collided with a combination vehicle at a grade crossing in Houston, Tex.

“Looking forward, we are confident that the breadth of our products and technologies combined with our ability to maintain resiliency during economic uncertainty will provide us with a solid foundation for growth and continued momentum as we close out this year and move into 2024,” Wabtec President and CEO Rafael Santana said during an Oct. 25 financial presentation.

Wabtec 3Q23: ‘Strong’ Results, Full-Year Guidance Raised

Despite “an increasingly volatile macro-economic environment,” Wabtec delivered a “strong” third quarter, as evidenced by increased growth in sales, margin, earnings and operating cash flow, Wabtec President and CEO Rafael Santana said during an Oct. 25 financial presentation. Sales were up 22.5% from the prior-year quarter, driven by the Freight and Transit segments, which experienced double-digit growth.

Wabtec has landed a “multi-million-dollar” order from Kawasaki Rail Car for brakes and couplers that will be used on MTA New York City Transit’s 640 new R211 rapid transit cars. The 640 cars were ordered in 2022 as an option to a 2018 base order for 535 cars (pictured).
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Supply Side: Wabtec, FourKites

Wabtec Corporation is supplying brakes and couplers for 640 MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) R211s on order with Kawasaki Rail Car Inc. Also, supply chain visibility provider FourKites updates its AI-enabled Slot Manager system.

IANA: Intermodal Challenged in 2Q23

Total intermodal volumes fell 10.4% year-over-year in second-quarter 2023, according to a recent report by the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA). All segments showed declines, including domestic containers, down 6.3%; international containers, down 13.2%; and trailers, down 20.1%.

Future site of Ridley Island Export Logistics Project (RIELP) (CNW Group/Prince Rupert Port Authority)

Intermodal Briefs: PRPA, ITS Logistics, POLB

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) begins construction on C$750 million Ridley Island Export Logistics Project (RIELP). Also, ITS Logistics releases its October forecast; and the Port of Long Beach (POLB) achieves its strongest September on record.