DOJ to STB: ‘Protect Rail Competition’ (UPDATED)

The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division on Jan. 24 reaffirmed its “support for the [Surface Transportation] Board’s review process and careful scrutiny of the competitive implications of the proposed transaction” that would merge Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS). The railroads respond.

From left to right: VP of Burns' Railroad and Transit Practice Tony Koltuv; Bentley Systems Chief Revenue Officer Brock Ballard; Bentley Systems Investor Relations Officer Eric Boyer; KCS LEAD–Operations and LRW Awards Chair Denise Williams; and Cummins Vice President and Chief Technical Officer Jim Fier.
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People News: Burns, Bentley Systems, KCS, SEPTA, Cummins

Tony Koltuv joins Burns Engineering (Burns) as Vice President of the company’s Railroad and Transit Practice. Also, Bentley Systems announces promotion of Brock Ballard to Chief Revenue Officer and Eric Boyer joining as Investor Relations Officer; The League of Railway Women (LRW) selects Kansas City Southern’s (KCS) LEAD–Operations Denise Williams as Awards Chair; the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) appoints Emmanuella Myrthil new Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer; and Jim Fier retires from Cummins Inc. after 36 years with the company.

KCS Holiday Express Raises More Than $215,000

Kansas City Southern (KCS) announced Dec. 19 that its 22nd KCS Holiday Express program raised more than $215,000 to benefit The Salvation Army in 20 communities across eight states where the train, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, stopped, welcoming almost 48,000 visitors.

KCS’s Shreveport Operation Receives ISO Certification

Kansas City Southern (KCS) on Dec. 13 announced that its Shreveport, La. Operation has received International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification for 14001 (Environmental) and 45001 (Occupational Health and Safety).

CSX President and CEO Joe Hinrichs (right) and CSX Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Diana Sorfleet (left) with Drive to Succeed winner Bridge and Building Foreman, Engineering David Zorn (middle).

Class I Briefs: CSX, CN, KCS

CSX announces winners of its third Drive to Succeed attendance campaign. Also, CN’s EcoChampions improve their efficiency by 30%; Kansas City Southern’s (KCS) Holiday Express attracts more than 6,700 visitors and announces challenge grant to benefit The Salvation Army.

Report: City of Washington, Iowa Accepts CP Crossing Closure Counteroffer

In a unanimous vote, the Washington (Iowa) City Council has accepted a counteroffer from Canadian Pacific (CP) that would allow the city to secure city funds and “municipal cooperation” for the proposed CP-Kansas City Southern (KCS) merger, which would “increase train traffic by more than 300% in the area,” the Southeast Iowa Union reported on Nov. 21.