“Our role as a company is to move the goods that power the economy, and while a recovery is under way, many are still feeling the economic impact of the pandemic,” NS Director of Corporate Giving LaSandra Boykin said. That’s why NS is partnering with food banks “as a way to help make a difference by feeding and assisting those in need.”

NS: Delivering Donations to Local Communities

Norfolk Southern (NS) is providing $400,000 in grants to 31 food banks across states in its service area.

The STB determined that CSX was among the Class I’s achieving a rate of return on net investment equal to or greater than the agency’s calculation of the average cost of capital for the freight rail industry, a sign of revenue adequacy. CSX was also found to be revenue adequate for 2019 and 2018.

STB: Five Class I’s Revenue Adequate for 2020

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has found five of the seven U.S. Class I railroads to be revenue adequate for 2020: BNSF, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Soo Line (the U.S. affiliate of Canadian Pacific) and Union Pacific.

In January 2013, NS opened the Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility in Greencastle, Pa., as part of its Crescent Corridor initiative. While the railroad halted operations in 2019 “for business reasons,” market conditions have changed and it will reopen on Sept. 10.

NS: Greencastle, Pa., Intermodal Terminal Going ‘Back Online’

Norfolk Southern (NS) will reopen its intermodal terminal in Greencastle, Pa., this September to boost capacity and “help ease supply-chain congestion that has slowed the flow of commerce across all modes of the U.S. transportation sector,” the railroad reported on Aug. 13.

BNSF Hobart Yard

Why STB’s Inquiry Is a Public Service to Intermodal Shippers

Jim Blaze takes a technical look at the Class I’s responses to the STB’s inquiry on intermodal from his experience dating back to 1968.

Among the achievements NS marked in its ESG report are making approximately $850 million in new infrastructure investments and spending $166 million with diverse suppliers in 2020.

NS Publishes ESG Report

Norfolk Southern (NS) has issued its 14th annual corporate responsibility report under a new name that it says better reflects its sustainability commitment.

Wabtec Delivers Locomotive Overhaul No. 1,000

Wabtec on Aug. 6 celebrated modernizing its 1,000th locomotive in North and South America with delivery to Norfolk Southern (NS) of AC44C6M 4463, a rebuilt 1998-vintage GE Dash-9.

STB Will Consider Amtrak Gulf Coast Case

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) on Aug. 6 concluded that the matter of Amtrak providing Gulf Coast service over host freight railroads CSX and Norfolk Southern (NS) “is ripe for adjudication.”

“Leveraging the strong and diverse book of business we have developed, we will build upon our success in the creation of long-term, sustainable value for our customers and shareholders,” NS Chairman, President and CEO James A. Squires said July 28 during a second-quarter 2021 earnings announcement.

NS 2Q21: Record Quarterly Results (Updated, Cowen)

Norfolk Southern (NS) in second-quarter 2021 delivered “another solid performance of sequential operating ratio improvement,” Chairman, President and CEO James A. Squires said July 28 during an earnings announcement. Revenue and volume rebounded from last year, he reported, up 34% and 25%, respectively.

NS has committed to achieving a 42% reduction in “scope 1 and 2” GHG intensity by 2034 from a 2019 base year.

NS: GHG Emissions Target Greenlighted

The Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) has approved Norfolk Southern’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target, which aligns with the Paris Agreement on climate change.

More than 300 people rode Amtrak’s Gulf Coast Inspection Train (pictured) from New Orleans to Jacksonville, Fla., in February 2016, as part of an ongoing effort to restore passenger rail service along the Gulf Coast, which was disrupted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and never resumed. (Marc Glucksman, Amtrak)

CSX, NS to STB: Deny Amtrak Request

CSX and Norfolk Southern (NS) are calling on the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to deny “as moot” Amtrak’s renewed request for an interim order requiring the Class I railroads to provide track access between New Orleans and Mobile so Amtrak can prepare for proposed Gulf Coast service.

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