CN Orders “Progressive, Methodical” Shutdown of Eastern Canada Operations

CN announced Feb. 13 that it “has been forced to initiate a disciplined and progressive shutdown of its operations in Eastern Canada. This includes stopping and safely securing all transcontinental trains across our Canadian network, and may imminently lead to temporary layoffs within the company’s Eastern Canadian operational staff.”

TriMet Selects Parametrix to Finish ‘A Better Red’

TriMet has selected Parametrix to complete the final design of “A Better Red,” which aims to increase on-time performance of the MAX light rail system by double-tracking the existing Red Line from Gateway Transit Center to Portland International Airport.

BNSF Announces new Logistics Center

BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) recently announced its newest logistics center, Logistics Center North Houston at Cleveland. Once completed, the rail-served development is aimed at helping businesses increase their reach and speed to the densely populated Houston market and surrounding area.

Capitol Corridor Sets Another Ridership Record

The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) released its Annual Performance Report for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19), which highlights five straight years of record-breaking ridership and revenue. Ridership on Northern California’s popular intercity passenger rail service hit an all-time high of 1,777,136 riders and $38.03 million in revenue.

OLI Releases Crossing-Safety Video

A new safety video released by Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) is targeting professional drivers of cement, dump and garbage trucks and their employers to prevent devastating collisions between these vehicles and trains at railroad crossings across the U.S.

Magee Set to Serve as VLS CEO

VLS Recovery Services has appointed John Magee as Chief Executive Officer. He replaces Mike Dilick, Founder of VLS, who has transitioned to an oversight and advisory role as a member of the VLS Board of Directors.

Rail Union Ordered to Bargain on Crew Consist

This is about a railroad labor union committed to serving its dues paying members, and a rail industry losing its core revenue traffic—coal—and now facing off against omnipresent low-cost, non-union truckers for the trailers and containers comprising much of the railroads’ future traffic base. It’s about new technology—the product of knowledge that for centuries has transformed the nature, quality and quantity of work. In this instance, the technology is Positive Train Control (PTC), a safety overlay system substituting artificial intelligence for engineer inattention or distraction. PTC, as does most new technology, creates job redundancies.

Farewell, R42s. You Served New York City Well

MTA New York City Transit retired the last remaining R42 subway cars from service on Feb. 12, 2020, ending a 51-year run that began in May 1969. The cars have been used on all NYCT B Division lines, each accumulating more than seven million service miles. After a sendoff ceremony at the New York Transit Museum, the official last run took place on the A line from Euclid Ave. to 207 St. and back.

Glimmers of Hope for U.S. Rail Traffic Dimming

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ended Feb. 8, 2020, and, for this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 485,329 carloads and intermodal units, down 6.6% compared with the same week last year.

PHL Promotes Company Stalwart Perri to VP

Pacific Harbor Line (PHL) has promoted Stephane Perri to Vice President.