April 19, 2014

STB to consider partial rail reregulation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Surface Transportation Board says it will hold a hearing Dec. 9 to review certain exemptions from economic regulation afforded railroads – specifically, commodity exemptions, boxcar exemptions and intermodal trailer and container exemptions. The exemptions from STB rate and service oversight were first imposed in 1976, and modified in 1980 following substantial [...]

Up, up and up go rail freight shipments

Rail freight loadings continue to show improvement, reports the AAR in releasing carloading data for the week ending Oct. 16. Total U.S. carloadings increased by more than 10 percent over the same week in 2009. Intermodal loadings were up by more than 15 percent over the comparable week in 2009. Fourteen of the 19 carload [...]

UTU seeks collaborative safety, security plan

By UTU International President Mike Futhey The recent tragic, senseless and violent murder in New Orleans of CSX conductor Fred Gibbs, and wounding of the train’s engineer (a potential witness whose name is being withheld), accelerates an already urgent need for better workplace safety and security measures for rail, transit and motor coach facilities and [...]