(Photograph Courtesy of UP, via Twitter)

Report: UP To Run Ground-Based Conductor Pilot Program

Union Pacific (UP) this summer will test the use of ground-based conductors in western Nebraska, between North Platte and Morrill, and in Colorado and Wyoming, between Denver and Cheyenne, according to the Associated Press.

NextDecade Announces FID for Rio Grande LNG Phase 1

Texas-based energy company NextDecade Corporation (NextDecade) on July 12 announced that it has made a positive final investment decision (FID) for Phase 1 of its proposed Rio Grande liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, which consists of the construction of the first three liquefication trains, to be built at the Port of Brownsville.


UP, CN Put Biofuels to the Test with Train-Track Treadmills

When it comes to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Union Pacific (UP) and CN are aligned.

evo-rail, Nomad Digital and Alstom will deliver core rail-5G mmWave radio technology to Caltrain, which provides commuter rail service between San Francisco and San Jose, Calif. (Photograph Courtesy of Caltrain via Twitter)

Transit Briefs: Caltrain, Metro-North, SJRRC, VIA Rail

evo-rail teams with Alstom and Nomad Digital to bring rail-5G mmWave radio technology to Caltrain. Also, MTA Metro-North Railroad train inspectors could strike this fall; San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC) will receive $40 million from the California Transportation Commission (CTC) for a double-tracking project that has both freight and passenger rail benefits; and VIA Rail Canada is investing more than C$25 million on London, Ontario, station upgrades.

STB Initiates ‘First of its Kind’ Investigation Into Amtrak’s Sunset Limited On-Time Performance

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) on July 11 reported that the standard has been met for initiating an investigation into the on-time performance of Amtrak’s Sunset Limited long-distance service between New Orleans

BNSF’s top score places it among the leading companies dedicated to building diverse and inclusive work environments.

Amtrak, BNSF, CSX and UP Earn Spots on Disability Equality Index

Amtrak, BNSF, CSX and Union Pacific (UP) have each been recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and nonprofit Disability:IN, achieving high scores on the 2023 Disability Equality Index® (DEI).

On July 6, Metra Board Chair Romayne C. Brown and CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski joined Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and Rockford, Ill., elected officials to announce that the commuter railroad will operate state-supported passenger rail service to Rockford starting in late 2027. (Photograph and Caption Details Courtesy of Metra, via Twitter)

Chicago-Rockford Passenger Rail Service Returns

Partners Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Metra and Union Pacific (UP) will restore Chicago-Rockford, Ill., passenger rail service in late 2027. The Rebuild Illinois* capital plan includes $275 million for the project,

90% of BLET Members Ratify Quality of Life Agreement With UP

The six Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) General Chairmen announced June 29 that 90% of the union’s divisions representing locomotive engineers on Union Pacific (UP) have ratified an agreement with

At an event held in UP Center recognizing Mental Health Awareness Month are some of the Union Pacific Workforce Resources team members who collaborated to develop new employee mental health resources and training. (Caption and Photograph Courtesy of UP)

Company Mental Health Resources Are a ‘Business Imperative’

An employee’s mental health is impacted by their mental and emotional, physical, financial, work life, social, and family wellbeing. The COVID-19 pandemic helped bring conversations regarding mental health to the forefront within

Officials from the CSX TDSI terminal (New Boston, Mich.) were recently presented an award for the Highest Quality Review Score at the Association of American Railroads’ Damage Prevention and Freight Claims Conference. (CSX Photograph)

Class I Briefs: CSX, UP, CSX/NS, CPKC/CN

A CSX Total Distribution Services Inc. (TDSI) terminal in Michigan earned an Association of American Railroads (AAR) quality award. Also, Union Pacific (UP) is named a 2023 VETS Indexes 4-Star Employer, and will be the exclusive rail service provider for a new industrial rail park in Buckeye, Ariz.; Vertical Cold Storage closed on its acquisition of MWCold, an operator of two temperature-controlled warehouse facilities in central Indiana, one of which is served by CSX and Norfolk Southern (NS); and Avalon Advanced Materials purchased an industrial site in Thunder Bay, Ontario, with existing Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) and CN rail services, for its planned midstream lithium-hydroxide processing facility.