November 29, 2015

Honoring our Vets: a history of Veterans Day


World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations [...]

STB to hold meetings on reporting rail service data


The Surface Transportation Board announced today that its staff will hold informal meetings with stakeholders between November 16, 2015 and December 7, 2015, on proposed rules for reporting railroad service performance data in the pending proceeding United States Rail Service Issues, EP 724. The meetings will enable the STB to better assess what types of [...]

FRA releases options for investment in NEC

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Seeks input from public, stakeholders before Jan. 30, 2016 for final vision WASHINGTON – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today released a Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for NEC FUTURE, FRA’s long-term investment framework for the Northeast Corridor (NEC) between Washington, DC and Boston, Mass. “Over the next 30 years, an additional six million people [...]

Great Lakes to offer flights between Pueblo and Denver


Great Lakes Airlines will begin six-day-a-week air service between Pueblo and Denver International Airport on Sunday. The airline will operate single flights Sunday through Friday using a twin-turboprop, 30-passenger Embraer 120 airplane with a flight attendant. The service will not operate on Saturdays, Pueblo airport officials said. Read more from The Pueblo Chieftan.

Canadian Pacific explores take over of NS


Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd., the second-biggest railroad in Canada, is exploring a takeover of  U.S.carrierNorfolk SouthernCorp. in a fresh attempt to consolidate the NorthAmerican industry,according to people familiar with the matter.The shares surged on the news. Canadian Pacific is raising financing and has held early-stage merger talks with Norfolk Southern, which is valued at about [...]

Keystone pipeline defeat could translate to rail gains


President Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline Friday could come with a heavy side of tank cars. Canadian energy companies need about a dozen crude-laden trains each day to replace the volume of oil that could have been transported through KXL. Now that TransCanada Corp.’s Alberta-to-Gulf-Coast pipeline has been denied, however, it’s clear [...]

Get PTC done ASAP, FRA’s Feinberg advises


The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will soon unveil its expectations for railroads to meet the newly extended Dec. 31, 2018, deadline for positive train control (PTC) implementation, FRA Administrator Sarah Feinberg told members of the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) last week. Feinberg urged railroads not to make the extension their primary focus, but to focus on [...]

OSHA issues final rule on retaliation, whistleblowing


WASHINGTON - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a final rule establishing procedures and time frames for handling employee retaliation complaints under the National Transit Systems Security Act (NTSSA) and the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA). The final rule is effective Nov. 9, 2015. NTSSA establishes protections against retaliation for public transportation agency employees who engage in whistleblowing activities related [...]

House passes long-term transportation bill

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The U.S. House passed a six-year surface transportation reauthorization and reform bill that calls for more than $300 billion in federal funding for highway, transit and rail programs. If approved by the full Congress and signed by President Obama, the bill would become the first long-term transportation law passed since 2005. The Surface Transportation Reauthorization [...]

NS unveils new locomotives in Chicago


CHICAGO – Norfolk Southern joined local and state officials to dedicate a new fleet of environmentally friendly, rail yard locomotives for Chicago today at its 47th Street intermodal facility. The engines are branded “Eco” locomotives for their operating efficiencies in reducing emissions and fuel consumption. More than $19 million in grant funding through the federal [...]