Shenandoah Seeks Qualified Operator of Existing NS ‘B Line’

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Transportation Preservation Corporation (Shenandoah), in partnership with the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Historic District, has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a professional, qualified rail operator for the

N.C., VPRA Seek to Acquire NS Assets for Passenger Use (UPDATED, 6/26)

The City of Charlotte, N.C., and the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) have each filed separate petitions for exemptions to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to acquire and operate certain assets of

NTSB Releases East Palestine Summary; AAR, NS Respond (Updated June 26)

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on June 25 held a public meeting in East Palestine, Ohio, site of the Feb. 3, 2023 derailment of a Norfolk Southern freight train that resulted

A new Amtrak station in Brattleboro, Vt., is being built to improve accessibility; it will have the state’s first-ever level boarding train platform. (Rendering Courtesy of Amtrak)

Transit Briefs: Amtrak, MBTA, Metrolinx, Chicago RTA, Sound Transit, SEPTA, TriMet

Amtrak breaks ground on new Brattleboro, Vt., station and platform upgrades. Also, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) teams with Tufts University on a new university pass pilot; Metrolinx’s Eglinton Crosstown LRT in Toronto edges toward completion and Eglinton Crosstown West Extension marks a milestone; Chicago’s Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) advances the launch of an integrated day pass for Metra, CTA and Pace riders; Sound Transit riders in Seattle, Wash., can now add an ORCA fare card to their Google Wallet; and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) increase rules’ enforcement.

People News: ACTA, STV, AAR, NTSB

The Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) elects Tim McOsker as Board Chair. Also, STV elevates senior transportation leaders to support the growing Texas/Mountain Region; Union Pacific’s (UP) Sanjay Verna becomes the new Chairperson of the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Quality Assurance Committee; and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Member J. Todd Inman welcomes a new team to his staff.

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CN Eyes Expansion of ‘In-Train Wheelset Replacement Program’

CN subsidiary Illinois Central (IC) has petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for a waiver of compliance to add a new location to its “in-train wheelset replacement program,” according to an FRA notice in the Federal Register’s June 25 edition. The program currently operates under a waiver at a facility in Fulton, Ky., and has been “a resounding success,” the railroad told FRA.

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NJ Transit, BLET Enter ‘Cooling-Off Period’ (UPDATED)

The National Mediation Board (NMB) has confirmed “that, pursuant to the Railway Labor Act, New Jersey Transit Rail Operations (NJ Transit) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) were released

In August 2021, the STB Office of Environmental Analysis issued a Final EIS for the project, identifying the 88-mile Whitmore Park Alternative as the environmentally preferred route for the Uinta Basin Railway, one of three analyzed. It would extend from two terminus points in northeastern Utah’s Uinta Basin near Myton and Leland Bench to a connection with the existing Union Pacific Provo Subdivision near Kyune (see map above).

Will SCOTUS Review Uinta Basin Railway Case? (UPDATED 6/24)

Utah’s Seven County Infrastructure Coalition in March petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appellate court’s decision that “derailed” the Uinta Basin Railway project, according to Colorado Newsline. SCOTUS on June 24

“We heard first-hand from firefighters that were responding to the Norfolk Southern derailment in East Palestine that they and other first responders need hazardous materials train consists as soon as an incident occurs,” PHMSA Deputy Administrator Tristan Brown reported during the June 24 announcement of the agency’s final rule requiring railroads to provide train consist information. (PHMSA Photograph)

PHMSA Finalizes Rail Safety Rule to Aid First Responders in Hazmat Incidents

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on June 24 reported finalizing a new rule that would require railroads “to proactively provide” real-time, electronic information about rail hazmat shipments to first

Gov. of Canada Protects Federally Regulated Workers, Bans Use of Replacement Workers

Minister of Labor Seamus O’Regan on June 21 welcomed royal assent of legislative changes to support federally regulated employees when it comes to “accessing the benefits and protections they’re entitled to, maintaining