STB Arbitration Program Sidelined

The Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) arbitration program for small rate disputes will not go forward as written in its Dec. 19, 2022, rule.

BLET Logs Four Tentative Agreements, One Ratified Contract

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) has reported reaching tentative agreements with Canadian Pacific’s Soo Line, Kansas City Southern (KCS), Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern (DM&E), and Union Railroad; and unanimously ratifying a new collective bargaining agreement with Illinois Railway.

CP 4Q22: ‘Well Positioned to Execute a Historic Year’ in 2023 (Updated, Cowen)

“We finished the year with the people, capacity and resources in place to meet the needs of our customers today and are well-positioned to make history in 2023,” Canadian Pacific (CP) President and CEO Keith Creel reported Jan. 31 during the railroad’s quarterly earnings announcement.

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.

Railway Age’s 2023 ‘Fast Trackers’ 25 Under 40 Honorees

Railway Age is pleased to announce the 25 “Fast Trackers” selected for this year’s 25 Under 40 awards program.

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.

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, KCS, NS, UP Ranked Among ‘America’s Most Responsible Companies’

CSX, Kansas City Southern (KCS), Norfolk Southern (NS), and Union Pacific (UP) have earned spots on Newsweek magazine’s fourth-annual list of America’s Most Responsible Companies.

R.J. Corman Awarded Switching Service Operations Contract

R.J. Corman Railroad Switching Company, LLC, a subsidiary of R.J. Corman Railroad Group, announced that it has been awarded a five-year contract to provide Sasol with switching service operations to the company’s Lake Charles Chemical Complex in Westlake, La., beginning Dec. 1.