Pacific Harbor Line

ASLRRA President Chuck Baker
Commentary

Supporting the Drive to Net Zero Emissions by 2050

ASLRRA PERSPECTIVE, RAILWAY AGE FEBRUARY 2024 ISSUE: Short line railroads are in business to provide shippers with reliable and competitive transportation service. Doing so requires constant attention to improving operating practices, upgrading infrastructure, and maintaining safety. While that is by necessity their focus, a growing number of short lines are also devoting serious time and resources to maximizing the environmental advantages inherent in rail transportation.

(ARH Photograph)

ARH Explores Rail Shuttle-Inland Port Concept

Chicago-based Anacostia Rail Holdings (ARH) on Jan. 31 released two new reports examining the feasibility and benefits of rail service operating to an inland port for intermodal containers destined within 150 miles

(Image Courtesy of BLET)

BLET, PHL Reach Retention Agreement (UPDATED)

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) on Jan. 26 reported securing a retention agreement, including up to $18,000 in bonus payments, for its approximately 200 members working at Anacostia Rail Holdings’ Pacific Harbor Line (PHL).

First responders training in an East New York subway tunnel. (Caption and Photograph Courtesy of ARH)
Commentary

Creating a Safer, More Secure Future

Ensuring workplace safety is a top priority for employees, customers, and Anacostia Rail Holdings (ARH). This is why all ARH railroads diligently implement comprehensive safety protocols, offer thorough training, and continually improve

“At the end of this decade, the Port of Long Beach will be on the cusp of not only operational transformation given our rail investment, but also environmental transformation—to a zero-emission port,” CEO Mario Cordero said during his seventh annual “State of the Port” address. (POLB Photograph)

Watch: POLB Prepares for ‘Year of Rail’

Port of Long Beach (POLB) CEO Mario Cordero on Jan. 17 gave a “State of the Port” address, highlighting rail facility modernization and air quality improvement efforts that will continue through 2024, as well as 2023’s cargo volume statistics.

Paducah & Louisville Railway, Inc. was one of five ASLRRA Southern Region members to earn a President’s Award in 2023. ASLRRA President Chuck Baker (right) and ASLRRA Southern Region Vice President Ben Tarbutton III (left) presented the award at this month’s Eastern & Southern Region Meeting. (ASLRRA Photograph)

ASLRRA Members Honored for Safety Performance

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) presented President’s Safety Awards to members at its Central and Pacific Region Meeting, held Sept. 26-28 in Long Beach, Calif., and at its Eastern and Southern Region Meeting, held Nov. 7-9 in Lexington, Ky.

(Photograph Courtesy of BNSF)
  • News

People News: Alstom, ARH, ARRC, GCRTA, Phoenix Valley Metro, RailState, Uber Freight

Alstom appoints a new Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Americas. Also, two Anacostia Rail Holdings (ARH) executives complete post-graduate degree programs; Alaska Railroad (ARRC) names a Director of External Affairs; Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) renews the contract of its CEO/General Manager; Valley Metro of Phoenix, Ariz., welcomes a new Chief Maintenance Officer; real-time network visibility provider RailState hires a Solutions Architect; and logistics firm Uber Freight appoints a former Norfolk Southern executive as Head of Intermodal.

Left to Right: Safety Person of the Year Raul Guerrero, a track inspector at the Texas North Western Railway; Safety Professional of the Year Austin Milton, Director, Safety & Training at The Indiana Rail Road Company; and Schlosser Distinguished Service Award winner Jack Dale Parliament, former President of the D&I Railroad, who passed away in October.

ASLRRA Honors Short Lines, Members at Annual Conference

At its Annual Conference and Exhibition, which took place April 2-4 in New Orleans, the American Short Line and Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has recognized three member railroads for innovative business success and one with Veterans and Environmental Awards, in addition to honoring two individual members with career-level safety awards and one posthumous Schlosser Distinguished Service Award.