Archive for April 5, 2018

Idaho panel sets hearing on BNSF bridge proposal

(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/05/2018) BNSF Railway Co. has filed an application to construct a second train bridge next to and west of an existing train bridge across Lake Pend Oreille and Sand Creek in Idaho. The Idaho Department of Lands has scheduled public hearings on the application for May 23, according to a department press release. BNSF’s project…

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U.S. rail traffic up 5 percent in March

(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/05/2018) U.S. carload traffic rose 3.6 percent to 1,050,653 units and intermodal volume increased 6.5 percent to 1,082,239 containers and trailers last month compared with traffic in March 2017. Combined, U.S. carload and intermodal traffic climbed 5 percent to 2,132,892 units for the month compared to a year ago, according to Association for American…

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UP’s Fritz to STB: “Stabilize service, reverse downward trend”

(Source: Railway Age April 4, 2018) Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief Union Pacific has responded to the Surface Transportation Board’s March 16 blanket letter requesting information on Class I railroad 2018 service outlook. In a March 28 letter to STB Chairman Ann Begeman and Vice Chairman Deb Miller, UP Chairman, President and CEO Lance Fritz stated that…

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U.S. grain industry dealing with diminished rail service

(Source: World-Grain.com, April 4, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Grain and Feed Association said the railroad oversight board has taken positive steps to push Class I railroads to reverse three months of decreasing rail service quality and “excessive charges” that shippers and receivers of grains, oilseeds and grain products say shifted supply chains to…

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