Business, Logistics, TCA

Railroad Workers Being ‘Ground to Dust,’ AFL-CIO Head Says

A Union Pacific train A Union Pacific train. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram via Tribune Content Agency)

Efforts by national freight rail carriers to increase efficiency are having the opposite effect, a union official said July 12. Demoralized workers are leaving the industry, causing delays and damage to the national supply chain, said Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO.

Harrison Mantas | Fort Worth Star-Telegram
July 14, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

White House Won’t Yet Step Into Rail, Port Talks

Stephen Lyons and Gene Seroka Supply chain envoy Stephen Lyons (left) talks with Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. (Port of LA via YouTube)

The White House is monitoring labor talks in the logistics industry as unions representing 115,000 rail workers and 22,000 West Coast dockworkers negotiate fresh contracts, but won’t get directly involved in either bargaining process now, its supply chain envoy said.

July 13, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

New Mexico Pursues Opportunity for Rerouted Rail Line

border backup Truckers block the entrance into the Santa Teresa Port of Entry in Ciudad Juarez going into New Mexico on April 12. (Omar Ornelas /The El Paso Times via Associated Press)

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico is highlighting its support for proposals that would route an international rail line through its Santa Teresa port of entry, capitalizing on Mexico’s unease with disruptions along the Texas portion of the U.S. border with Mexico.

Morgan Lee | Associated Press
May 5, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Rail Unions Seek Mediator With Talks ‘Completely Stalled’

Union Pacific freight trains in Dupo, Ill. Union Pacific freight trains in Dupo, Ill. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Labor unions representing about 100,000 U.S. railroad workers say contract negotiations have broken down after more than two years of talks with several carriers.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
January 24, 2022
Business, Safety

Thieves Raiding Rail Cargo Containers in Los Angeles

Shredded boxes and packages at a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles Shredded boxes and packages at a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles Jan. 14. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/Associated Press)

LOS ANGELES — Thieves have been raiding cargo containers aboard trains nearing downtown Los Angeles for months, taking packages belonging to people across the U.S. and leaving the tracks blanketed with discarded boxes.

January 14, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Kentucky Directs $2.5 Million to Freight Rail Projects

rail crossing Meinzahn/iStock/Getty Images

In an effort to boost multimodal freight transportation, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced $2.5 million in awards to improve at-grade rail crossings.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
July 2, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Rail Industry Defends Safety Record Amid Staffing Cuts

Trains at Norfolk and Southern Railroad's Conway Yard in Conway, Pa.

OMAHA, Neb. — Even as railroads are operating longer freight trains that sometimes stretch for miles, the companies have drastically reduced staffing levels, prompting unions to warn that moves meant to increase profits could endanger safety and even result in disasters.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
May 17, 2021

New York Gov. Cuomo Announces $87 Million in Rail, Port Funding

Gov. Andrew Cuomo "These targeted investments allow us to modernize our state’s aging rail and port infrastructure, helping to spur economic growth and ensure we remain competitive in today’s global economy.”(Gov. Andrew Cuomo via YouTube)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the availability of $87 million for port and rail improvements in an effort to enhance the state’s trade corridors,

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 12, 2021
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Railroads Install Crash-Prevention System Ahead of US Deadline

A Norfolk Southern freight train rolls through downtown Pittsburgh. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press) A Norfolk Southern freight train rolls through downtown Pittsburgh in March 2018. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

U.S. railroads have completed installation of an automated crash-prevention system that covers 57,536 miles of freight and passenger tracks ahead of an end-of-year deadline that was previously extended, the Federal Railroad Administration announced Dec. 29.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
December 29, 2020
Business, Logistics

Rail Cargo Posts First Gain in Two Years as Consumer Goods Surge

CSX freight locomotives pull a train. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News) CSX freight locomotives pull a train. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

U.S. railroads are back, with freight volume posting the first quarterly gain in two years.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
December 29, 2020