Hunter Harrison responds to Railway Age

CSX President and CEO E. Hunter Harrison, our two-time Railroader of the Year, reached out to me personally following publication of my blog, in this space, asking about the events at CSX since he took over the railroad. What I wrote was based solely on correspondence I received from various stakeholders. I promised Hunter that I would publish his response, unedited, and he could use as much space as needed:

Schneider, CSX re-up with multi-year deal

Intermodal and transport provider Schneider and CSX have signed a new multi-year agreement.

CSX restores Florida main line service; washouts delay other areas

CSX on October 11 updated service conditions, post-Hurricane Matthew:

Investment Results: CSXT and LIRC take to upgraded track

Starting September 1, train traffic on the Louisville and Indiana Railroad (LIRC) between Louisville, Ky., and Seymour, Ind. will begin moving at increased capacity, faster and more often.

GFRR deploys Railinc’s Interline Settlement System

The Georgia & Florida Railway, LLC (GFRR), an affiliate of OmniTRAX, Inc., “continues to make shipping by rail easy” with the implementation of Railinc’s Interline Settlement System (ISS) in partnership with Norfolk Southern, CSX Transportation and GE Transportation’s Digital Solutions business. ISS is the standard process in the rail industry to share revenue when two or more railroads handle a shipment. Additional OmniTRAX rail lines will convert to ISS in collaboration with the company’s Class I rail partners during the coming months.

GPA, CSX to establish Appalachian Regional Port

Governor Nathan Deal, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) and CSX Transportation signed a memorandum of agreement July 28, 2015 establishing the Appalachian Regional Port in Chatsworth, Ga. Its service will include North Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and parts of Kentucky.

CSX’s Eliasson: “Meaningful margin expansion”

Speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2015 Transportation Conference in Boston on May 14, 2015, CSX Chief Financial Officer Fredrik Eliasson said that, for the full year, CSX “continues to expect EPS growth in the mid-to-high single digit range, as well as meaningful margin expansion as the company makes progress toward a mid-60s operating ratio.”

RBMN hires V.P. Transportation & Safety

Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern (RBMN) Railroad appointed Thomas Cook as Vice President Transportation and Safety, the company announced on April 13, 2015.

“Aw shucks, we’re happy to help”

Ever hear of the Oyster Express? In the midst of a season filled with stories of railroads running special Santa trains all over the country to bring food, clothing, toys, and some Christmas cheer to needy people, a report came across my desk about a partnership involving CSX Transportation, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to restore an “oyster sanctuary.”
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SunRail rolling in central Florida

Central Florida’s new SunRail regional/commuter rail service has been in operation since May 1 along a 32-mile route comprised of 12 stations between DeBary and Sand Lake Road, near Orlando International Airport. The new service marks completion of the first phase of the $1 billion Central Florida Commuter Rail Transit (CFCRT) project.