Amtrak President and CEO Stephen J. Gardner (right) recognized CP President and CEO Keith Creel with an award for earning an “A” on the Amtrak 2021 Host Railroad Report Card, which ranks Class I railroads for keeping its trains on time. The two are pictured at Amtrak Chicago Union Station.

Amtrak Issues 2021 Host Railroad Report Card

Amtrak has issued a 2021 Host Railroad Report Card, ranking the Class I railroads for keeping Amtrak intercity passenger trains on time, and presented an award to Canadian Pacific (CP) for earning its sixth-consecutive “A” grade.

In September 2021, VIA Rail Canada took delivery of the first of 32 new Siemens trainsets, and on Nov. 30, revealed it to the public; testing started in December. (Photograph Courtesy of VIA Rail Canada)

Canada Commits to Passenger Rail Revival With HFR Certainty

Canada’s public passenger railway VIA Rail has been pulled back from pandemic-induced oblivion by a federal government now framing the scheme for a dedicated, electrified right-of-way linking Quebec City and Toronto as a certainty for the first time since the project was first revealed in 2015.

DOJ Weighs in on Reciprocal Switching

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has submitted comments to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) on reciprocal switching, in advance of STB’s March 15-16 hearing on the subject that has divided freight railroads and many of their major customers.

Amtrak-CN Case Moves Forward at STB

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has issued a procedural schedule for Amtrak and CN to submit further evidence and arguments in their dispute over establishing reasonable terms and compensation for Amtrak to use the Class I railroad’s facilities and services.

Jaguar Launches MER

Jaguar Transport Holdings on March 1 began operating the 60-mile Missouri Eastern Railroad (MER), its seventh short line.

CN Pushing for KCS Line Divestiture

CN has officially asked the Surface Transportation Board (STB) “to condition any approval of a Canadian Pacific-Kansas City Southern merger on the divestiture of the KCS line from Kansas City, Missouri to Springfield and East St. Louis, Illinois (the Kansas City Speedway) to CN, pursuant to the STB’s statutory authority to order ‘the divestiture of parallel tracks’ as a merger condition.”

Outlined in purple is the site of the second container terminal proposed in Prince Rupert, B.C., located south of the existing Fairview Terminal. (CNW Group/DP World)

Port of Prince Rupert Eyes Second Terminal

Logistics firm DP World and Prince Rupert Port Authority in British Columbia have agreed to assess the feasibility of a second container terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert, which would add up to 2 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of annual capacity; the Port is served by CN.

CP-KCS Merger Proceeding Moves Forward

BNSF and CN last month told the Surface Transportation Board (STB) they may request limited overhead trackage rights and a line divestiture, respectively, due to the proposed merger of Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS).

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Rail Equipment Market: The Cowen Insight

Cowen and Company on Feb. 15 held a webinar with five expert panelists addressing the current state and outlook for the rail, locomotive, and railcar leasing and manufacturing markets.

On Feb. 1, CN started renewable fuels testing on the Bessemer & Lake Erie (B&LE) portion of its network, which operates in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

CN, Progress Rail, REG Launch Renewable Fuels Testing

CN, in partnership with Progress Rail and Renewable Energy Group (REG), earlier this month reported starting “100% renewable fuel testing in Pennsylvania.”