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  • U.S. freight railroads log another dramatic decline in traffic

    05/15/2020 7:26:25 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 25 replies
    Progressive Railroading Magazine ^ | May 14, 2020 | Progressive Railroading Magazine Staff
    U.S. freight-rail traffic plunged 22.1 percent to 412,549 carloads and intermodal units during the week ending May 9 compared with the same week a year ago, Association of American Railroads (AAR) data shows. Railroads logged 185,144 carloads, down 28.4 percent, and 227,405 containers and trailers, down 16 percent. None of the 10 carload commodity groups that AAR tracks on a weekly basis posted increases. Among the commodity group decreases posted during the week, coal was down 34,111 carloads to 46,515; motor vehicles and parts were down 14,876 carloads to 2,108; and metallic ores and metals were down 7,513 carloads to...
  • Senators warn of threats posed by Chinese rail companies

    02/22/2020 11:59:09 AM PST · by Twotone · 21 replies
    Axios ^ | February 20, 2020 | Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
    Two U.S. senators are urging the Federal Transit Authority to clarify a ban on Chinese rail manufacturers and to warn local transit authorities of potential national security threats from China, in a letter obtained by Axios. The big picture: The ban highlights a growing expansion of national security risks to include economic security, as the U.S. responds to Chinese government economic policies that many perceive as exploitative. Details: Dated Feb. 13 and addressed to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the letter from Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) cites confusion about the ban and urges the FTA to provide...
  • Duluth interchange project soars $100M over budget

    11/28/2019 8:29:31 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    The Duluth News Tribune ^ | November 25, 2019 | Brady Slater
    The Twin Ports Interchange reconstruction project through Lincoln Park soared $100 million over budget this month, forcing planners to defer indefinitely portions of the work scheduled for 2020-23. The $343 million project is scheduled to begin in May. Minnesota Department of Transportation figures released Monday at a regular public meeting about the project showed a $443 million price tag. "This is what happens with every big project," Duane Hill, district engineer based in Duluth, said Monday. "You have to manage it as you go along. We thought we did a good job initially coming up with a budget for this...
  • Industry Stakeholders React Positively to Biden's Infrastructure Plan

    11/20/2019 10:32:25 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    Transport Topics ^ | November 19, 2019 | Eleanor Lamb
    Presidential candidate Joe Biden has released an infrastructure plan that calls for $1.3 trillion in investment over 10 years. The plan, released Nov. 14, makes a pledge to update the nation’s freight infrastructure, from highways and canals to railroads and tunnels. Biden plans to spend $50 billion over the first year of his presidency to repair roads, highways and bridges. He proposes a new $40 billion, 10-year Transformational Projects Fund, which will provide substantial grants for projects that are too large to be funded through existing programs, such as a major port upgrade or new tunnel. Biden also plans to...
  • Why is Europe so absurdly backward compared to the U.S. in rail freight transport

    10/07/2019 5:25:12 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 68 replies
    Freight Waves ^ | 10/5/2019 | Vishnu Rajamanickam
    Over the last couple of months, major container lines and alliance carriers have been blanking several of their headhauls from Asia to Europe, citing weak peak season demand. Since July 2019, seasonal rates have been consistently lower year-on-year with container prices in China to North Europe lanes moving lower; there was a 21% decline this month compared to October 2018. Container lines blank their headhauls because it helps them marginally stabilize the declining container spot rates. However, this would come at the expense of North America, as every vessel withdrawn from the European market will mean a lost backhaul voyage...
  • China can 'very easily wipe out' US railroad system, Rep. Garamendi warns

    05/17/2019 9:31:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Fox Business ^ | May 17, 2019 | Julia Limitone
    Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., said the U.S. has another big problem on its hands when it comes to China: control of the rail system. “The Chinese rail company CRRC is establishing itself in America. It’s already wiped out the Australian rail industry. They could very easily do it in America,” he told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo on Friday. The Chinese state-owned corporation is also the world’s top passenger train maker, has very heavy subsidies to do competitive pricing, “way, way below any other price,” and is going to “take over the market” if the U.S. doesn’t act fast, Garamendi added....
  • "The Railroader" - Lessons learned from a lifetime of working on a historic American West railroad

    01/28/2019 5:05:15 PM PST · by CedarDave · 29 replies
    National Geographic Society ^ | January 25, 2019 | National Geographic Short Films
    Traveling for 64-miles along the border between Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad chugs its way up and over the 10,015 foot high Cumbres Pass. Built in 1880, the C&TS Railroad has revealed the staggering beauty of the American west for nearly a 140 years. Filmmakers Annie and Russell O. Bush tell the the story of those who built and maintain this American tradition through the lens of lifetime railroader John Bush in this powerful short.
  • How Amtrak Fails the National Parks and America

    08/11/2018 10:50:54 AM PDT · by Publius · 61 replies
    National Parks Traveler ^ | 8 August 2018 | Alfred Runte, Ph.D.
    The Last Train to Grand Canyon: How Amtrak Fails the National Parks — and America Editor's note: National parks historian Alfred Runte has over the years closely watched how Congress has managed and funded Amtrak. Although funding for Fiscal Year 2019 is halfway to being assured -- the Senate has approved $50 million for the railroad, but the House of Representatives has yet to take up the measure -- he reminds us that only weeks ago Amtrak’s board approved the scenario here. A stay of execution for the Southwest Chief aside, Dr. Runte continues to lobby for the trains Americans...
  • Another Economic Stat to look at: Railroads

    07/04/2018 10:07:13 AM PDT · by TMA62 · 17 replies
    One stat to look for in this growing economy is the weekly rail statistics report from the Association of American Railroads (AAR). I have attached the link. It is a weekly summary of car loadings compared to last year. (Note: the tax cuts were passed in January so it is a good comparison to last year.) Nearly everything is up in the 2-4 percent range. Petroleum (unit tank car trains) really up. The other big stat is intermodal (trailers on flatcars or double stack containers). Intermodal is around 6-8 percent growth from last year and is leading the recovery. The...
  • One of the World’s Largest Steam Locomotives Is About to Make a Triumphant Return

    06/16/2018 10:54:25 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 72 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | 06/12/18 | Justin Franz
    Hold onto your engineer caps, railroad history lovers. Seventy years after the First Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869, the steep Rocky Mountains of Wyoming and Utah were still giving the Union Pacific Railroad trouble. Despite having massive steam engines, the Union Pacific, one of the biggest railroads in America, still struggled to move heavy freight trains over the mountains and would often have to use multiple locomotives to get trains to their destination. This practice required more workers and more fuel. In 1940, the Union Pacific’s mechanical engineers teamed up with the American Locomotive Company to build one...
  • Want a $25,000 bonus? These railroad companies are desperate for help

    05/03/2018 2:29:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | May 3, 2018 | Kaitlyn Schwers
    What would it take to get you to work on the railroad? A little extra cash? How about a sign-on bonus of up to $25,000? That's what two major railroad companies are offering in an effort to recruit more workers in what The Wall Street Journal called "a historically tight labor market." The Journal said BNSF Railway, based in Fort Worth, Texas, and Union Pacific Corp. in Omaha, Nebraska, are filling jobs as the demand rises to ship more products across the western side of the country....
  • Offer infrastructure investors a share of the tax take

    04/17/2018 12:08:42 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | April 17, 2018 | Naoyuki Yoshino
    Asia needs more transport infrastructure. More than the state, which finances the lion's share, can fund. So what more can be done to bring in increased private capital, when investors have so far been mostly disappointed by the returns? Is there a way of breathing new life into the public private partnership (PPP), the most common vehicle for private infrastructure investment? We think so. Governments need to offer private sector investors more than they can hope to earn from ticket sales on railways or motorway tolls. They should consider sharing the extra tax revenues generated from the increased economic activity...
  • CSX train derailed, four cars fell into Susquehanna River amid wind storm

    03/04/2018 2:30:48 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 23 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 3/4/2018 | Jessica Anderson, Sean Welsh
    A CSX train derailed on a bridge over the Susquehanna River on Friday night, causing four empty rail cars to fall into the water below. The freight train headed to Richmond, Va., derailed between Cecil and Harford counties at about 8 p.m. Friday, CSX officials said in a statement. No injuries were reported, no hazardous materials were involved and there appears to be no environmental impact, officials said. Officials said the cause of the derailment remains under investigation, and could not say whether Friday’s strong winds caused the empty rail cars to come off the tracks.
  • Swiss rail car firm expected to bring 1,000 new jobs to northwest Salt Lake (Utah)

    10/15/2017 5:47:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    KSL-TV ^ | October 15, 2017 | Jasen Lee
    SALT LAKE CITY — A new manufacturing facility in the city's northwest quadrant is projected to bring 1,000 new jobs to the area over the next decade. Swiss-based railroad vehicle maker Stadler broke ground Friday on a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at 150 S. 5600 West, where the company will build and assemble trains for transit properties throughout the United States and North America. Stadler currently leases space from the Utah Transit Authority at its Warm Springs facility at 900 N. 500 West that employs 115 workers. The expansion project is scheduled for development over 10 years or less, depending on...
  • CSX rail hub to create 1,500 regional jobs (North Carolina)

    08/05/2017 5:21:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Wilson Times ^ | August 4, 2017 | Drew C. Wilson
    ROCKY MOUNT — An intermodal CSX rail hub proposed for Rocky Mount will bring 1,500 jobs to North Carolina. The facility, called the Carolina Connector Hub, is expected to be operational by December 2019. “Good transportation is essential to economic growth. You can take it to the bank,” said Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-Wilson, sponsor of the “Jobs First: Building for Our Future” forum held Friday. More than 100 people attended the event at the historic Helen Gay Train Station in Rocky Mount. Built in 1903, the station was acquired by the city of Rocky Mount in 1995 and restored in...
  • FRA to invite bids to replace Amtrak on certain routes

    08/05/2017 6:49:33 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 17 replies
    Progressive Railroading ^ | August 4, 2017 | Progressive Railroading
    The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has published a final rule for a new pilot program that would seek competitive bids from "eligible petitioners" to replace Amtrak as the operator of up to three long-distance routes. The rules fall under a provision of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act that requires the FRA to implement the pilot program. Published in the Federal Register last month, the final rule takes effect Sept. 5 and establishes a petition, notification and bid process by which the FRA will evaluate and select bids to provide passenger-rail service over particular long-distance routes. The rule also...
  • Teen Mob Attacks Train, Violently Robs Passengers, Here In America

    04/25/2017 4:07:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | April 24, 2017 | Bob Owens
    I’d almost expect something like this in a Third World country, but not here. A recent string of robberies on BART trains took a frightening turn when dozens of juveniles swarmed an Oakland station over the weekend and commandeered a train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries, witnesses told the transit agency. The incident — the first of its kind in recent memory — occurred around 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Coliseum Station. According to a police summary, witnesses said 50 to 60 juveniles flooded the station, jumped the...
  • Railcar interior maker to create 44 jobs in Henrietta (New York)

    04/24/2017 8:51:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    WXXI-TV ^ | April 24, 2017 | Randy Gorbman
    A maker of railcar equipment is coming to Henrietta and is expected to create 44 jobs. Rolen-Jinxin is a joint venture of companies from Spain and China. They have chosen a site in West Henrietta to locate their first U.S.-based operation. The company makes interior parts and other equipment for railcars. Rolen-Jinxin will create production, engineering and management jobs at the West Henrietta location. Empire State Development has offered tax credits worth up to $600,000. Monroe County is also offering incentives. The total project cost is close to $1 million. A company official, managing director David Parr, says that Rolen-Jinxin...
  • O'Hare western access fight flares up as Tollway sues

    11/24/2016 12:54:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | November 23, 2016 | Greg Hinz
    A dispute that threatens decade-old plans to build a western access road to O'Hare International Airport is headed to a federal agency, as the Illinois Toll Highway Authority sues the Canadian Pacific Railway. In a petition filed today, the tollway asked the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to allow it to force CP to sell or grant easements to the tollway for portions of railroad property immediately to the north of the railway's huge Bensenville Yards. The tollway indicated it also may eventually need access to the yard itself. The Surface Transportation Board is the federal agency that regulates railroads, and...
  • Car flies over three trains and lands on tracks in Belen (NM, video)

    10/14/2016 11:10:27 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 65 replies
    KRQE News 13, Albuquerque ^ | October 13, 2016 | Soyoung Kim and Haley Rush
    BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) – It was an incredible scene, and even more incredible the driver is still alive. Workers at the rail yard couldn’t believe their eyes when a car came flying out of nowhere — over three different trains. The car came flying down Baca which is a dead-end at 1st Street in Belen. Police said the driver hit this small embankment and landed on the other aside of those trains. They said the driver was doing almost 100 miles per hour down Baca Thursday morning. Police said there were no skid marks or indication of braking or slowing...