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

April 5, 2018

(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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BNSF said worker was too obese for job in rail yard; Judge lets ADA discrimination suit continue

April 5, 2018

(Source: Cook County Herald, April 4, 2018) CHICAGO — A federal judge has said a man who had been denied employment by a railroad because he was too obese can continue his lawsuit accusing the railroad company of disability discrimination. Full story: Cook County Herald Thursday, April 5, 2018

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U.S. grain industry dealing with diminished rail service

April 5, 2018

(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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LA Port to get new container staging facility

April 4, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/03/2018) A new $130 million container staging facility designed to boost productivity will be constructed on Terminal Island at the Port of Los Angeles. The Harbor Performance Enhancement Center (HPEC) — a public-private partnership dedicated to facilitating freight movement and supply-chain efficiencies — has reached an agreement with Macquarie Principal Finance to provide capital for…

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BLET members ratify Amtrak contract

April 4, 2018

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, April 3 — By better than a 9-to-1 margin, members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with Amtrak on April 2, 2018. The final tally was 90.5% in favor and 9.5% against, with nearly 65% of eligible members casting a ballot. The five-year deal…

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G&W’s board adds Carter, Hostetler

April 4, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/04/2018) Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) announced the appointments of Bruce Carter and Cynthia Hostetler to its board. Their appointments expand the number of G&W board directors to 12, 11 of whom are independent directors, company officials said in a press release. In conjunction with the new appointments, Richard Allert and Hans Michael…

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Seattle Mayor Durkan halts streetcar project over cost concerns

April 3, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/02/2018) Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has halted all work related to the Center City Connector streetcar project pending an independent review of its proposed cost. Last week, Durkan called for an independent technical review of the proposed costs of the project. In conducting a preliminary assessment, it was discovered that the project could face…

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Free e-learning program from Operation Lifesaver provides crossing safety training for first responders

April 3, 2018

(Source: Operation Lifesaver press release, April 2, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Every day, 80,000 emergency response vehicles travel the nation’s roads; there are 200,000 railroad crossings on those roads. National rail safety nonprofit Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) wants to help first responders safely travel to emergencies and stay safe when responding to rail-related incidents with…

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CP, CSX, UP respond to STB’s rail-service concerns

April 2, 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/02/2018) Canadian Pacific, CSX Corp. and Union Pacific Railroad last week responded to the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) request for Class Is to provide the board with their 2018 service plans in response to shippers’ complaints about deteriorating freight-rail service. In his report to the board, CP President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Creel said the railroad’s…

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