MRL helper locomotives assist at the rear end of a BNSF grain train climbing Bozeman Pass, west of Livingston, Mont. (Photo and caption by Bruce Kelly)

MRL Rails Returning to BNSF (Updated)

After more than 30 years of operating BNSF-owned main line between Huntley, Mont., and Sandpoint, Idaho, Montana Rail Link (MRL) reported on Jan. 10 that it is ceasing its long-term lease with the Class I.

Now On Line: January Railway Age Digital Edition

Railway Age’s January 2022 issue is now available digitally. It features a cover profile of Canadian Pacific President and CEO Keith Creel and Kansas City Southern President and CEO Patrick J. Ottensmeyer—the recipients of Railway Age’s 2022 Railroader of the Year Award, the 59th annual.

ASLRRA President Chuck Baker

ASLRRA to USDOT: Allow Greater Use of Tech, Skip Crew-Size Mandates

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) is among those who have submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s draft strategic framework.

Pictured: Hope Patrick, Engine Hostler, CN, Winnipeg, MB. (Photo Courtesy of CN)

CN Issues Sustainability Report

CN has released its eighth “Delivering Responsibly Sustainability Report” outlining its ESG (environmental, social and governance) performance.

WMATA 7000-Series Cars Sidelined, Again

The Washington Metrorail Safety Commission on Dec. 29 ordered Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) to pull from service its 7000-series rapid transit cars; it is the second time in as many months the order has been made.

WMATA 7000-Series Rapid Transit Cars: Courtesy Wikipedia

WMATA Pauses 7000-Series Car Ramp Up

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has paused bringing on line additional 7000-series rapid transit cars, following an update to the cars’ service restoration plan.

Extended: Comment Period for CPKC Environmental Review Scope

The public now has until Jan. 3, 2022 to provide comments on the scope of environmental review for the proposed Canadian Pacific-Kansas City Southern merger, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) reported on Dec. 17.

STB OKs Uinta Basin Railway Project

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) on Dec. 15 approved the construction and operation of the Uinta Basin Railway in Utah; STB Chairman Martin Oberman was the sole dissenter.

(Photo: William C. Vantuono)

Transport Canada Proposes Amendments to Dangerous Goods Transport Regs

Transport Canada has published proposed amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations to ensure employers understand the level of training required for compliance.

WMATA 7000-Series Rapid Transit Cars: Courtesy Wikipedia

WMATA 7000-Series Cars to Resume Service

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) 7000-series rapid transit cars will start returning to service this month under a “metered release” plan, the agency reported on Dec. 14.