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CP to serve as Yang Ming's Canadian rail carrier

Rail News Home Canadian Pacific 5/31/2019 Rail News: Canadian Pacific
image Canadian Pacific and Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. have signed a three-year agreement calling for the Class I to serve as the company's rail carrier out of the Port of Vancouver."This agreement is a testament to our service, to our network capacity and room to grow at our inland terminals and to the tireless work we put in to understand our customers and create win-win solutions for the supply chain and the broader economy," CP President and Chief Operating Officer Keith Creel said yesterday in a press release.Effective Jan. 1, 2020, CP will handle all of Yang Ming's Vancouver traffic, which will be moved out of the Global Container Terminal's Deltaport.The agreement positions Yang Ming to connect with key North American customers due to CP's growing network of transload facilities, its live-lift operation at Portal, North Dakota, and its fast transit times between Vancouver and the Twin Cities, Chicago and beyond, CP officials said.

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Louisville & Indiana promotes Kramer to VP

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image Jeremy KramerPhoto – Louisville & Indiana Railroad

Louisville & Indiana Railroad (LIRC) has promoted Jeremy Kramer to vice president.

In his new role, Kramer will be responsible for railroad transportation processes including train operations, dispatching, locomotive maintenance and Clagg Bridge operations, according to an LIRC press release.

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Canada Infrastructure Bank to invest up to CA$2B in GO Transit expansion

Rail News Home Passenger Rail 5/31/2019 Rail News: Passenger Rail
image The GO Transit investment is the first time the Canada Infrastructure Bank has invested almost 10 percent of its total capital.Photo – GO Transit Twitter

Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) yesterday announced it will invest up to CA$2 billion in financing to expand GO Transit in the greater Toronto and Hamilton area of Ontario.

The expansion will create a two-way, all-day rapid transit service on core segments of the GO Rail network. 

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TransLink survey shows support for Surrey Langley SkyTrain

Rail News Home Passenger Rail 5/30/2019 Rail News: Passenger Rail
image The proposed Surrey Langley SkyTrain project would extend the Expo Line from Surrey to Langley along the Fraser highway.Photo – TransLink

TransLink last week announced that 85 percent of residents in Surrey and Langley, British Columbia, who responded to a survey support a proposed SkyTrain line extension from the King George Station in Surrey to Langley. 

Last month, TransLink collected 21,267 survey responses, with nearly 17,000 from residents in Surrey and Langley, according to a TransLink press release. 

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CSX to speed up trains on Alabama-Georgia line

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image Effective June 1, CSX will increase the authorized freight train speed from 25 mph to 40 mph at multiple locations on its line from Alabama to Georgia.Photo – CSX Facebook

Effective June 1, CSX will increase the authorized speed of freight trains by 15 mph at multiple locations on its line from Montgomery, Alabama, to Waygross, Georgia. 

The increase from 25 mph to a maximum 40 mph will help reduce wait times for motorists at highway-rail intersections and improve the efficiency of rail operations, CSX officials said in a press release. 

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Savannah port, St. Louis Regional Freightway partner to offer lower-cost rail service

The Port of Savannah and the St. Louis Regional Freightway have forged a partnership to create a new connection between the St. Louis region and the largest single-terminal container facility in the Western Hemisphere.

The port is investing $3 billion to increase its containerized cargo capacity from 5 million to 8 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) by 2028. An important component of the plan is a new $220 million rail terminal that will be the largest on-terminal rail facility in North America by 2020. The port's investment is aimed at accelerating the nation's third busiest container gateway to better support retailers and manufacturers in distributing more goods to and from the Midwest.

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CSX to speed up trains on Alabama-Georgia line

Rail News Home CSX Transportation 5/30/2019 Rail News: CSX Transportation
image Effective June 1, CSX will increase the authorized freight train speed from 25 mph to 40 mph at multiple locations on its line from Alabama to Georgia.Photo – CSX Facebook

Effective June 1, CSX will increase the authorized speed of freight trains by 15 mph at multiple locations on its line from Montgomery, Alabama, to Waygross, Georgia. 

The increase from 25 mph to a maximum 40 mph will help reduce wait times for motorists at highway-rail intersections and improve the efficiency of rail operations, CSX officials said in a press release. 

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LA Metro completes southern Blue Line upgrades

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image The end of work on the southern section of the Blue Line marks the halfway point of LA Metro’s $350 million New Blue line upgrade project.Photo – LA Metro

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) yesterday announced that the southern section of the Blue Line between the Compton and Downtown Long Beach stations will reopen on June 1. 

The opening follows the completion of upgrades to the line’s tracks, overhead power lines and train control, as well as the addition of switches. Upgrades also included the installation of new digital customer information screens and signage at stations. 

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U.S. rail carload, intermodal traffic fell in Week 21

U.S. rail traffic volume dropped 6.7 percent to 527,966 carloads and intermodal units during the week ending May 25 compared with the same week last year, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data.

Total carloads for the week slipped 5 percent to 259,953 units, while intermodal volume fell 8.3 percent to 268,013 containers and trailers.

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Amtrak slates $72 million in station improvements for 2019

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image Amtrak’s fiscal-year 2019 program includes $21.5 million in large-scale work at 23 stations in 17 states.Photo – Amtrak

Amtrak earlier this week revealed details of a $72.5 million initiative to make customer-focused train station improvements across its network this year. 

The fiscal-year 2019 program includes $21.5 million in large-scale work at 23 stations in 17 states, and $51 million at 30 locations in 18 states to comply with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), according to an Amtrak press release. 

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CREATE partners complete BNSF Western Avenue Corridor project

A BNSF Railway Co. project designed to eliminate train delays in the Chicago region was completed this month as part of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program (CREATE), the Class I and other program partners announced yesterday.

Known as WA4, the project involved adding new tracks and creating a new direct connection between BNSF's Corwith and Cicero yards. The project also provided new connections between the CN Freeport Subdivision and the Western Avenue Corridor along which BNSF, Norfolk Southern Railway, CSX and Union Pacific Railroad operate, according to a CREATE press release.

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FRA: Railroads made significant PTC progress in Q1

As of March 31, positive train control (PTC) systems were in operation on 48,050 of the nearly 58,000 route miles subject to the federal mandate, which is a 3 percent increase from where railroads were in their implementation status as of 2018's end, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced yesterday.

In addition, railroads are conducting advanced field testing, known as revenue service demonstration (RSD), on another 341 route miles, FRA officials said in a quarterly report on PTC implementations.

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Rail supplier news from Allied Track Services, Alstom, McMillen Jacobs, Encore Rail, Pettibone and Clarendon (May 29)

Allied Track Services and Tron Construction and Mining formed a joint venture to provide full-service railroad, industrial and civil construction service to Canada's rail industry. Tron-Allied JV will offer increased training, employment and economic opportunities for indigenous people in Canada, according to a joint press release. Tron is a First Nations-owned company and has a working partnership with other First Nation entities. 

Alstom has delivered the first train of 30 destined for automatic circulation on the Lyon Metro in France. The train will start dynamic night-time tests on the Lyon network at the end of May, according to an Alstom press release. In a separate announcement, Alstom officials said they have entered into a contract to supply 27 fuel cell trains to RMV’s subsidiary fahma by 2022.

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Canada's railways endorse locomotive video, voice recorder regs

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 5/29/2019 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation
image Marc BrazeauPhoto – Railway Association of Canada

The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) announced this week it welcomes Transport Canada's publication of proposed regulations specifying technical requirements for rail companies to install video and voice recording devices in locomotives.

"Canada's railways have long advocated for the implementation of locomotive voice and video recorders on trains," said RAC President and Chief Executive Officer Marc Brazeau in a press release. "Allowing railways to use on-board voice and video recordings in the context of proactive safety management will be instrumental in the rail industry’s efforts towards accident prevention."

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San Gabriel trench named transportation project of the year

The California Transportation Foundation named the San Gabriel trench as the Project of the Year out of more than 60 nominations at its 30th Annual Transportation Awards.

The $293.7 million project resulted in the lowering of a 1.4-mile section of railroad track in a 30-foot-deep, 65-foot-wide trench through San Gabriel, California. Roadway bridges were constructed at four hazardous at-grade crossings and railroad bridges were built over two storm channels, according to a San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) press release.

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BART police combat cellphone theft, opioid overdoses

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police this week began an anti-theft outreach campaign to help riders keep cellphones and other electronics safe. 

From Jan. 1 through April, 402 electronic item thefts within the BART system were reported. In April alone, 105 items were stolen, according to a BART press release. 

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STB: Class I employment level fell in April

U.S. Class Is employed 144,223 people in mid-April, down 0.5 percent since mid-March and down 1.19 percent compared with April 2018's count, according to Surface Transportation Board (STB) data.

On a month-over-month basis, four out of six employment categories posted decreases. They were: executives, officials and staff assistants, down 1.24 percent to 7,830 employees; professional and administrative, down 0.73 percent to 11,341; maintenance of equipment and stores, down 0.85 percent to 26,254; and transportation (train and engine), down 0.87 percent to 61,139.

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CTA begins tie replacement on Green and Pink lines

Rail News Home Maintenance Of Way 5/29/2019 Rail News: Maintenance Of Way
image Chicago Transit Authority crews will replace deteriorated rail ties and track components that are beyond their useful life on the Green and Pink lines.Photo – CTA

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) last week began renewing stretches of track along the Green Line as part of the FastTracks program, a multiyear $179 million investment in track and electrical improvements.

The track work will require 14 weekend service disruptions scheduled to take place through the summer into fall on the south branch of the Green Line and along the shared Green and Pink Line tracks between the Loop and Ashland Avenue in downtown Chicago, according to a CTA press release. 

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Lonegro departs CSX; Boone named interim CFO

Rail News Home CSX Transportation 5/29/2019 Rail News: CSX Transportation
image CSX Corp. announced yesterday that Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Frank Lonegro has left the company. Vice President of Marketing and Strategy Kevin Boone will serve as interim CFO, company officials said in a press release.CSX President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Foote thanked Lonegro for his leadership and contributions to the Class I for 19 years. Since joining CSX in 1999, Lonegro served stints as president of CSX Technology, vice president of mechanical, VP of internal audit and associate general counsel."Over the last few years, Frank has played a key role in helping create significant value for CSX shareholders," Foote said.Lonegro stated: "It has been a distinct privilege to work alongside the great professionals at CSX, especially through the recent transformation, which has set the company on an unparalleled path to success.”CSX has initiated a search for Lonegro's replacement, with Boone serving in the role until a permanent CFO is named.Boone joined CSX in September 2017 as VP of corporate and chief investor relations officer. Most recently as VP of marketing and strategy, Boone led a new marketing team focused on fundamental market research and data analysis to identify and advance high-priority growth strategies, CSX officials said.

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Lonegro departs CSX; Boone named interim CFO

Rail News Home CSX Transportation 5/29/2019 Rail News: CSX Transportation
image CSX Corp. announced yesterday that Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Frank Lonegro has left the company. Vice President of Marketing and Strategy Kevin Boone will serve as interim CFO, company officials said in a press release.CSX President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Foote thanked Lonegro for his leadership and contributions to the Class I for 19 years."Over the last few years, Frank has played a key role in helping create significant value for CSX shareholders," he said.Lonegro stated: "It has been a distinct privilege to work alongside the great professionals at CSX, especially through the recent transformation, which has set the company on an unparalleled path to success.”CSX has initiated a search for Lonegro's replacement, with Boone serving in the role until a permanent CFO is named.Boone joined CSX in September 2017 as VP of corporate and chief investor relations officer. Most recently as VP of marketing and strategy, Boone led a new marketing team focused on fundamental market research and data analysis to identify and advance high-priority growth strategies, CSX officials said.

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