“We are extremely excited about the growth opportunity we have unlocked with our partner, Union Pacific, in the north-south corridor between Mexico, the U.S. and Canada, utilizing the Falcon Premium service product,” said Phillip Yeager, Hub Group’s President and CEO, on July 27. “Hub Group continues to expand our capabilities and deliver service, integrity and innovation to our customers’ supply chains.” (Hub Group Photograph)

Class I Briefs: UP, NS, CSX

Union Pacific (UP) reports on LinkedIn and Twitter that partner Hub Group “will leverage their growing fleet with our improved premium service product to now serve all of North America’s automotive production facilities.” Also, Norfolk Southern (NS) surprises Atlanta (Ga.) Public Schools with two $50,000 donations; and CSX celebrates its “heritage of passion and dedication” with a railroader family that reaches back four generations.

NS, SMART-TD Launch New Initiatives Aimed at Conductor Training

Norfolk Southern (NS) and the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers—Transportation Division (SMART-TD) announced July 26 that they are partnering to launch several new initiatives to “further enhance the training program for conductor trainees and increase compensation for conductors who helped provide this important training.”

NS 2Q23: Profit Down on Derailment Response Charge (Updated, TD Cowen Insight)

Norfolk Southern (NS) on July 27 reported second-quarter 2023 financial results reflecting a $416 million charge associated with its ongoing response to the Feb 3 derailment in eastern Ohio. Including that charge,

(Western Pennsylvania Photograph Courtesy of Norfolk Southern, via Twitter)

NS Delivering $1MM to The Pittsburgh Foundation

Norfolk Southern (NS) is contributing to The Pittsburgh (Pa.) Foundation $250,000 for Lawrence and Beaver county nonprofits and first responders and a $750,000 endowment fund that will benefit local nonprofits in perpetuity.

Screenshot Courtesy of CSX, via LinkedIn

Class I Briefs: CSX, NS, BNSF

CSX’s team at Fruit Growers Express reaches 1,000 days incident free. Also, Norfolk Southern (NS) awards more than 100 scholarships to its employee’s children; and BNSF is recognized with the Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERG Award.

New York MTA and union officials are testing “no standing” zones at Harlem’s 125th Street and Lexington Avenue subway station to help prevent rider assaults on conductors. (Screen Grab From Spectrum News NY1 Video)

Transit Briefs: NYMTA, Sound Transit, VPRA, WMATA

New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is testing “no standing” zones on New York City Transit (NYCT) subway platforms to help eliminate rider assaults on conductors. Also, Seattle’s Sound Transit is beginning simulated service on the Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension; Jacobs will deliver general engineering consulting services for passenger rail under the Transforming Rail in Virginia infrastructure program; and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) mulls expansion options.

NS Releases Annual ESG Report

Norfolk Southern (NS) on July 12 released its annual Environmental, Social, Governance report, highlighting the railroad’s “long-term strategy to balance service, productivity and growth; initiatives to enhance rail safety; and the company’s ongoing efforts in East Palestine, Ohio.”

CSX’s NaLonda Beckom, Dia Harris, Tiffany Stevens and Stephanie Toliver (pictured left to right) recently graduated from the National African American Women’s Leadership Institute. (CSX Photographs)

Class I Briefs: CSX, NS

Four CSX employees complete a leadership development program run by the National African American Women’s Leadership Institute. Also, a Norfolk Southern (NS) police officer has graduated from the FBI National Academy.

“In cooperation with federal, state, and local authorities, Norfolk Southern is advancing environmental recovery efforts in East Palestine,” reports the Class I, which says it has “reconstructed both mainlines after successfully excavating the impacted soil under the removed tracks and transporting it off-site.” (NS Photograph, June 18, 2023)

NS Reaches East Palestine Remediation Milestone

Norfolk Southern (NS) on June 26, nearly five months after the East Palestine, Ohio derailment, reported completing remediation of both tracks that run through the village, with rail traffic slated to resume “a normal schedule


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