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Acting FRA chief Hall resigns

Heath Hall, the acting administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, the nation’s rail safety watchdog, resigned Feb. 11 amid allegations that he was working a second job as a public relations consultant.

Carloads fall despite economic gains

In January, U.S. railroads originated 1,217,405 carloads, down 3.4% from the same month in 2017, and 1,310,141 containers and trailers, up 3.5%, according to the Association of American Railroads. Combined U.S. carload and intermodal originations were 2,527,546, up 0.1% from January 2017.

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Biarri Rail lands Boss MP Loco contract with KCS

Biarri Rail, a Victoria, Australia-based global provider of planning and scheduling software for freight railroads, has landed a major North American contract with Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS) for Boss MP Loco, its cloud-based locomotive master planning software. The company has a U.S. office in Chicago led by CEO Tom Forbes.