‘Young Professionals’ Conference: Expanding Your Skillset

Railway Age’s second annual “Young Professionals” virtual conference will include concrete advice on how to expand your skills and grow your career in the freight and passenger rail industry. Our 25 Under

This map shows the lines of Genesee & Wyoming-owned Meridian & Bigbee Railroad (MNBR) in relation to other rail lines in the territory and the principal geographic points in the region traversed. (Map Courtesy of CPKC)

STB Issues Final EA on Proposed CSXT, CPKC Acquisitions of Ala., Miss. Rail Line

The Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Office of Environmental Analysis on May 3 issued a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for CSX Transportation’s request to acquire and operate the assets comprising the rail line

“This record growth [in fiscal year 2024’s third quarter] is a direct result of our innovative logistic solutions during supply chain disruptions as shippers focus on diversifying their trade lanes,” Port NOLA President and CEO and New Orleans Public Belt (NOPB) CEO Brandy D. Christian said during a May 2 announcement (Port NOLA Photograph)

For Port NOLA, ‘Record’ Container Growth

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) on May 2 reported moving a total of 133,845 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) during fiscal year 2024’s third quarter, representing a 19% increase year-over-year and a

Valley Regional Transit CEO Elaine Clegg standing outside the Boise, Idaho, Depot. (Caption and Photograph Courtesy of Valley Regional Transit)

Biden Nominates Clegg for Amtrak Board

Valley Regional Transit CEO Elaine M. Clegg has been nominated to be a member of the Amtrak Board of Directors by President Joe Biden, who also nominated career railroader Ronald L. Batory.


USDOT Issues RFI on Potential Applications of AI

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Advanced Research Projects Agency—Infrastructure (ARPA-I) is seeking input from interested parties on the potential applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in transportation, as well as “emerging challenges and opportunities in creating and deploying AI technologies in applications across all modes of transportation.”

Now On Line: Railway Age May 2024 Digital Edition

The May 2024 issue of Railway Age is available digitally, featuring the honorees of our fifth-annual Readers’ Most Influential Leaders poll, plus Railinc’s locomotive report and MxV Rail R&D.

Duos Technologies Group

Duos Granted Patent for RIP® Technology

Duos Technologies Group, Inc. (Duos), through its subsidiary Duos Technologies, Inc., announced May 2 that it has been granted another patent for its Railcar Inspection Portal (RIP®) technology.

“Having a library, public restrooms, a community center, and a kitchen all under one roof—and only steps away from Skagit station—will be a major benefit for the people of Mount Vernon,” USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg said May 1. “This is the first of what we hope will be many TOD loans that will make vital resources more accessible to more people, especially historically overlooked communities.” (Screen Shot of the Mount Vernon Library Commons Project from a city of Mt. Vernon, Wash., video)

USDOT Closes First Loan Supporting TOD

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) on May 1 reported that its Build America Bureau has approved the first transit-oriented development (TOD) TIFIA loan, which will support a Mt. Vernon, Wash., project located a short walk from the Amtrak-served Skagit Station.

STB Finalizes Reciprocal Switching Rule (UPDATED, 5/7)

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) on April 30 reported adopting Reciprocal Switching for Inadequate Service, STB Docket No. EP 711 (Sub-No. 2), by unanimous vote, implementing new regulations at 49 CFR part 1145, which it said “sets forth a path for shippers and receivers to petition the Board for the prescription of a reciprocal switching agreement.” The final rule “is designed to promote adequate rail service,” according to the STB. Board Member Robert Primus concurred with a separate expression, noting “I am voting for the final rule because something is better than nothing.” Frank N. Wilner, Railway Age Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, weighs in and provides a reciprocal switching “primer.”

CTA Sets CN, CPKC 2024–2025 VRCPIs

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has set its determination of the Volume-Related Composite Price Index (VRCPI) for CN at 1.9281 and Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) at 1.8760 for the 2024–2025 crop year beginning