U.S. rail intermodal volume outpaces carloads in Week 15

April 19, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/19/2018) U.S. railroads reported a 4.3 percent increase in traffic for the week ending April 14, logging 534,198 carloads and intermodal units compared with the same week last year, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Intermodal volume outpaced growth in carload activity during the week, with railroads moving 276,075 containers and trailers, up…

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Washington state panel OKs funds for rail-crossing improvements

April 18, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/17/2018) The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) has approved more than $30,000 in grant funding for rail-crossing upgrades in Auburn. Auburn city officials requested the funds to improve safety at the C Street SW crossing, according to a UTC press release. The grants will be used to cover the cost to install median…

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CSX posts record first-quarter earnings

April 18, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/18/2018) CSX Corp. yesterday announced first-quarter 2018 earnings that surpassed analysts’ estimates and a profit that nearly doubled compared with a year ago, as the Class I continued to cut costs and advance its scheduled railroading model. CSX reported record Q1 2018 net earnings of $695 million, or 78 cents per share, compared…

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TCRC gives 72-hour strike notice at CP Rail

April 18, 2018

(Source: Canadian Press, April 17, 2018) CALGARY — The union representing about 3,000 conductors and locomotive engineers at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. says it has formally served the company with a 72-hour notice of an intent to strike. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference cites a lack of progress at the bargaining table but says talks…

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RRB Q&A: Comparison of benefits under Railroad Retirement and Social Security

April 17, 2018

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, April 2, 2018) CHICAGO — Employers and employees covered by the Railroad Retirement Act pay higher retirement taxes than those covered by the Social Security Act, so that railroad retirement benefits remain higher than social security benefits, especially for career employees who have 30 or more years of service. The…

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Mudslide halts rail service between Seattle, Everett

April 17, 2018

(Source: Associated Press, April 16, 2018) SEATTLE — A 20-foot-wide mudslide on the BNSF Railway lines has shut down all commuter-rail service between Seattle’s King Street Station and Everett. Full story: San Francisco Chronicle Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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Requests for Information: Automation in the Railroad Industry

April 16, 2018

The FRA is requesting information on the future of the Automation of the Railroad Industry.  Now is the time to contact them and voice your concerns with the automation of trains with no crews onboard.  Please take the time to read the information below and voice your concerns as it only takes a minute by…

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CP: ‘Significant gap’ remains in TCRC, IBEW negotiations

April 16, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/16/2018) Canadian Pacific and two of its unions — the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference – Train & Engine (TCRC) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) — are working through the collective bargaining process, the Class I announced late last week. However, a “significant gap” remains between the railroad and the unions. If an agreement cannot…

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Trump nominates Homendy to serve on NTSB

April 16, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/13/2018) President Donald Trump this week announced his intention to nominate Jennifer Homendy of Virginia to serve on the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Homendy is being nominated to serve the remainder of a five-year term on the board. She currently serves as Democratic staff director of the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and…

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