Pictured: The first of 11 CN trains hauling wind turbine units to Oyen, Alberta. (Photograph Courtesy of CN)

Class I Briefs: CN, CSX

CN recently delivered 11 units trains of wind turbine components to support the installation of four different wind farms in southern Alberta. Also, CSX is supporting eastern Kentucky relief efforts following widespread flooding late last month.

“We are proud to support so many outstanding infrastructure projects in communities large and small, modernizing America’s transportation systems to make them safer, more affordable, more accessible, and more sustainable,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said during the FY22 RAISE program grant announcement.

First Look: Rail-Related RAISE Grantees for FY22

More than $332 million in FY 2022 RAISE (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) program grants will be distributed among 23 freight and passenger rail-related projects in 17 states, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) report released Aug. 11.

Team members (from left to right) Martin Ertz, Josh Saltz and Jessica Codr accept their awards for the Hack! 2022 event from UP Senior Vice President and CIO Rahul Jalali. (Photo Courtesy of UP via Twitter)

Class I Briefs: UP, CSX

Union Pacific Railroad (UP) honors winners of its Hack! 2022 event. Also, CSX employees distribute school supplies to more than 2,000 children of military families. UP UP on Aug. 4 awarded the

Hays Thomas Watkins, 96 (Updated)

Hays Thomas Watkins, former CSX Chairman and CEO, died July 29, 2022 in Richmond, Va. He was 96.

2022 John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence Award Winner Jamie Helmer with (from left to right) NS's Tom Schnautz, Matt Gernaud, Josh Raglin and David Schoendorfer. (Photo Courtesy of AAR, via Twitter)

NS’s Jamie Helmer Receives 2022 John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence Award

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) announced on July 27 that it has named Norfolk Southern (NS) Director of Fuel Efficiency Jamie Helmer as recipient of the 2022 John H. Chafee Environmental

Bright Pink 2 and Bright Green 2 arrived on July 21 at Brightline’s Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Orlando. Photo by Jim Pearson via Brightline.

Passenger Rail Briefs: IDOT, Brightline, LA Metro

Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) releases results of a feasibility study and public survey for the proposed Peoria-to-Chicago passenger rail route. Also, Brightline welcomes two more trains to Orlando and a new

Since June, Amtrak has completed accessibility-improvement projects at stations in Ashland, Va. (pictured); Westerly, R.I.; and Homewood, Ill., as part of a multi-year effort to bring its more than 500 stations into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. (Photograph Courtesy of Amtrak)

Amtrak, CSX, UP Earn Spots on Disability Equality Index

Amtrak, CSX and Union Pacific (UP) have each been recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and nonprofit Disability:IN, achieving high scores on the 2022 Disability Equality Index® (DEI).

CSX on July 20 reported that it would continue to increase its transportation headcount “to restore service and capture increasing rail volume” in 2022. It will also maintain its full-year capex target of some $2 billion. (Photograph Courtesy of CSX)

For 2022, CSX Targeting ‘Double-Digit’ Revenue, Operating Income Growth (UPDATED, Cowen)

“Though volatile commodity prices and persistent inflation have added uncertainty to the economy, our efforts remain focused on adding the resources needed to deliver improvements in our network performance, lift customer satisfaction and develop new rail service solutions to drive meaningful growth over the long term,” reported James M. Foote, President and CEO of CSX, during the Class I railroad’s July 20 release of second-quarter 2022 financials, which included net earnings and volumes that were flat with the previous-year period.

The New York MTA has named Rosemonde Pierre-Louis of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University (NYU) and Roger Maldonado of Smith Gambrell LLP as Co-Chairs of its Blue-Ribbon Panel to combat fare and toll evasion. (Photograph Courtesy of NYCT)

People News: AllTranstek, CSX, New York MTA

Steve McCullough, Jim Dinell and Mike Tait have transitioned to new roles at AllTranstek, LLC, a North American third-party, non-asset-based rail fleet management provider. Also, CSX’s Arthur Adams and Norfolk Southern’s (NS) D’Andrae C. Larry have earned spots on Savoy magazine’s 2022 list of Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America; and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has appointed two Co-Chairs for its Blue-Ribbon Panel to combat fare and toll evasion.

Time Out: Preparing for Round 9

The battle over Amtrak’s proposal to run two daily round trips between Mobile and New Orleans is far from over. It is about to heat up again after a two-month lull, but the STB announced on July 11 that the relative calm (at least as far as the public will notice) will last a little longer.