Government, Business, Technology, Safety

US Senate Committee Examines Freight Rail Operations

Train Tracks steverts/Getty Images

Freight and passenger rail executives are scheduled to appear before the Senate Commerce Committee on Oct. 21.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 20, 2020
Government, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Report: Key Changes Needed to Prevent Fiery Rail Crashes

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

A prestigious scientific organization on Oct. 11 called for more frequent and better inspections of freight railroad tracks to prevent potentially catastrophic oil and ethanol train crashes.

Joan Lowy | Associated Press
October 12, 2017
Business, Logistics, TCA

CSX Rail Hub in North Carolina Expected to Create 1,500 Jobs

CSX Train Timothy Vogel/Flickr

An intermodal CSX rail hub proposed for Rocky Mount will bring 1,500 jobs to North Carolina.

August 7, 2017
Business, Equipment, Logistics

GE to Cut 575 Jobs at Century-Old Locomotive Plant

A General Electric Train Doug Benz/Bloomberg News

General Electric Co. plans to end most locomotive manufacturing at a century-old Pennsylvania factory as the company looks to cut costs amid a sharp downturn in the domestic rail market.

Rick Clough | Bloomberg News
July 31, 2017

Port of Vancouver's Rail Speeds Err on Side of Safety

Courtesy of Columbia Riverkeeper via Reuters

Hundreds of things could go wrong with the thousands of locomotives pulling millions of tons of cargo across the country every day. So the Port of Vancouver maintains its 38 miles of track at a higher-than-needed level to keep accidents to a minimum.

Brooks Johnson | The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.
June 9, 2016
Government, Business

FRA Offers Grants for Grade-Crossing Safety Features

Miles Davis/Flickr

The Federal Railroad Administration is soliciting applications for $10 million in competitive grants available to states to improve highway-rail grade crossings and track along routes that transport energy products such as crude oil and ethanol.

September 2, 2015

FRA Says it Will Levy Fines for PTC Violations, Effective Jan. 1

Feinberg via Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

The Federal Railroad Administration signaled that effective Jan. 1 it would begin levying fines against freight and passenger railroads if their positive train control projects are not completed.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
June 29, 2015
Business, Fuel

Lower Speed Limits Part of Safety Proposal for Oil Trains

Sam Beene/Flickr

Trains carrying crude oil will be restricted to a 40 mph speed limit in populated areas such as New York under an order by the U.S. Department of Transportation in response to a series of derailments.

Jim Snyder | Bloomberg News
April 17, 2015
Business, Fuel

Oil Train Derails in Illinois

A BNSF Railway Co. train carrying 103 cars of crude oil derailed in rural Illinois March 5 and U.S. regulators said a fire had broken out. There were no reports of injuries.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
March 6, 2015
Business, Logistics

Intermodal Rail Volume Drops 15.7%

U.S. rail intermodal traffic fell for the third straight week, declining 15.7% in the week ended Feb. 21 compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported.

February 25, 2015