Government, Business, Technology, Safety

New Rule to Thwart Railroad Efforts to Cut Train Crews

Train A train crossing in California. (Art Wager/Getty Images)

OMAHA, Neb. — Railroads will be required to maintain two-person crews under a new rule announced July 27 that will thwart industry efforts to cut crews down to one person.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
July 27, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

ATA Asks Federal Leaders to Assist in Rail Negotiations

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American Trucking Associations called on federal elected leaders to ensure ongoing freight rail workforce negotiations avoid disrupting key aspects of the nation’s supply chain.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 27, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Railroad, Union Labor Fight Moves Toward Biden Intervention

BNSF BNSF is one of the railroads stuck at an impasse with its union workers. (Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg News)

Major railroads, including Union Pacific Corp. and BNSF Railway Co., and their unions remain at an impasse after a government board ended efforts to mediate a settlement, a move that will likely force President Joe Biden’s administration to intervene and prevent a strike that could cripple an already-strained U.S. supply chain.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
June 15, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

New Battle Emerges Between Rail Giants CN, CP Over KCS

KCS A Kansas City Southern de Mexico train. (Whitney Curtis/Bloomberg News)

A wrinkle has emerged in the yearlong, multibillion-dollar battle between rival railroad giants Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. over which of the Class I railroads will own and operate the smaller, but strategically important, freight carrier Kansas City Southern.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
March 2, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics, TCA

‘Alabama-USA Corridor’ Rail Work to Improve Supply Chain Infrastructure

‘Alabama-USA Corridor’ Rail Work to Improve Supply Chain Infrastructure An Alabama road construction sign. (Alabama DOT)

The Jan. 4 announcement appears to be a significant step in that direction. According to the governor’s office, the overall concept calls for $231.6 million in investment in rail projects “to upgrade economic development infrastructure in central and southern Alabama.”

Lawrence Specker | Alabama Media Group
January 6, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Expansion Underway for Baltimore’s Howard Street Tunnel

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan "This is a continuation of our concerted efforts to make the Port of Baltimore much more competitive with other ports for the extremely sought-after containerized cargo market," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says. (MAR-2 News via YouTube)

Federal officials, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and a host of other stakeholders said expansion of the 126-year-old, 1.7-mile Howard Street Tunnel in Baltimore is long overdue.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
November 30, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Concerns Mount Over CN, KCS Rail Merger as Timetable Set for Regulatory Review

KCS A KCS train in Mexico. (Kansas City Southern)

The Surface Transportation Board is taking public comments until June 28 on the proposed multibillion dollar merger of Class I freight rail companies Canadian National and Kansas City Southern.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
June 14, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Railroads Told to Turn Over Evidence in Fuel Surcharge Suit

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In a move that could help speed up the path to a trial, a District of Columbia federal judge ruled in a multidistrict federal lawsuit that more than 200 shippers are entitled to pursue certain evidence to support their allegation that the four largest Class I railroads may have conspired to fix fuel surcharge prices.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 2, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Railroads Achieve Full Positive Train Control Implementation, FRA Says

Railroad engineer using PTC technology A Union Pacific engineer using PTC technology. The technology is operational across the 57,536 railroad route miles as required by federal law, the FRA said Dec. 29. (Union Pacific)

The country’s freight and passenger railways are operating with automatic braking system technology, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 11, 2021

American Railcar Industries Changes Name to American Industrial Transport

AITX Background via AITX launch video/Vimeo, Logo via AITX website

Railcar leasing and repair company American Railcar Industries has changed its name to American Industrial Transport, the company announced July 21.

July 21, 2020