Mike Schwark (Photograph Courtesy of Mike Schwark)
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CN-IANR Merger Proposal: ‘Value Add’ for Ag

To be competitive and profitable, agricultural producers across the country are focusing on their cost of production, managing margins, and being forward-thinking on their grain and livestock marketing. In Iowa, and most any state, a piece to the puzzle that literally links all of these is rail. 

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FTA Awards $343MM for Station Accessibility Projects

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on May 28 reported that eight transit systems in eight states will share $343 million to make their rail stations “more accessible and in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards” by installing elevators, renovating platforms for level boarding, improving signage, and improving visual and audio systems.

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FRA Issues Nonavailability Waiver of Buy America Requirements for Brightline West Project

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on May 24 reported issuing a waiver of its Buy America requirements to the Nevada Department of Transportation (NVDOT) for the planned Las Vegas-to-Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., high

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NS Agrees to Resolve Federal Derailment Claims, Investigations

Norfolk Southern (NS) on May 23 reported reaching an agreement on a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and U.S. Department of the Interior

STB Publishes Annual Deflator Factor for Railroads

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) on May 23 published the annual deflator factor and inflation-adjusted railroad revenue thresholds for 2023.

USDOT Issues RFI for Potential Applications of AI

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Infrastructure (ARPA-I) on May 22 announced that it is seeking potential applicants of Artificial Intelligence (AI) across all modes of transportation, as well

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FTA: $10.5MM Available for TOD Planning

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on May 23 reported that approximately $10.5 million in Fiscal Year 2024 competitive grant funds are available to support local planning and investment near transit hubs, with a focus on projects that plan for affordable housing.

FRA said its three recently finalized reports on the “safety and performance of long trains” include findings from tests conducted on air brake racks (pictured) and the air brake system of a stationary train to examine how the length of long trains affects air brake system behavior and performance. (Photograph Courtesy of FRA)

FRA Finalizes Research Reports on Long Trains

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on May 22 announced that it has finalized three reports on the “safety and performance of long trains,” which have been submitted to the National Academy of

Trade Associations Urge Treasury to Finalize, Publish Clean Fuels Production Credit Guidance

Twenty-five trade associations, including the including the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), Association of American Railroads (AAR) and Clean Fuels Alliance America, on May 15 sent a letter to

House Passes Rolling Stock Protection Act (UPDATED, 5/23)

The U.S. House of Representatives on May 21 passed H.R. 3317, the Rolling Stock Protection Act, “closing a loophole” allowing taxpayer dollars from being used to purchase railcars made by CRRC (China Railway Rolling Stock Corp.).

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