In reporting U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Sept. 15, 2018.The Association of American Railroads (AAR) noted that nine of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2017. Among them were petroleum and petroleum products, up 4,253 carloads to 13,335; chemicals, up 2,153 carloads to 32,650; and farm products excluding grain, and food, up 1,986 carloads to 16,583. Coal was the only commodity group that posted a decrease, down 3,457 carloads to 85,562.
The fare-free KC Streetcar recently logged its 5 millionth ride in less than 2-1/2 years of service.
Union Pacific late on Sep. 17 (following Wall Street close of business) announced a new operating plan, “Unified Plan 2020,” that “implements Precision Scheduled Railroading principles” that were deployed over the past 20-odd years at, in order, Illinois Central, CN, Canadian Pacific and CSX by the late E. Hunter Harrison.
With its funding plans clearer, South Florida passenger start-up Brightline is looking west for its next venture into private high speed rail.
A major new locomotive deal marks the latest chapter in Progress Rail’s long heritage of supplying customers in the Middle East.
After what the Association of American Railroads (AAR) termed “an exhaustive executive search,” the organization has chosen one of its own—Senior Vice President Government Affairs Ian Jefferies—to succeed President and CEO Ed Hamberger.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials held its second hearing of the year on Sept. 13 on implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC).
Wabtec Corp. today said it is progressing with its proposed merger with GE Transportation and filed a proxy statement with the SEC.
Ermewa Group, a European lessor of industrial railcars and tank containers, has contracted with Amsted Digital Solutions for an end-to-end telematics platform for Ermewa’s digitalization initiatives.
The largest U.S. railroad doesn’t just talk about being a good neighbor, it puts its money where its mouth is.