And Again, Hurricanes Disrupt Rail Service in Fla., Throughout Southeast

October 15, 2004 Todd DeFeo 0

Hurricanes Frances and Ivan dumped buckets of rain throughout the southeast and caused disruptions to railroads regionally. “Although the Railway recorded very strong volumes in July and August, the Railway’s preliminary assessment of Hurricane Frances’ impact to operations indicates that in September the Railway will experience reduced traffic levels, as well as clean-up expenses,” said Robert W. Anestis, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Florida East Coast Industries. Following Frances, a pair of special relief trains operated by CSX Transportation and Union Pacific Railroad made their way to Florida, providing fuel for emergency operations in the aftermath of the storm. The

Amtrak Says Farewell to Express Mail

October 15, 2004 The Cross-Tie 0

WASHINGTON – Amtrak will discontinue shipping mail for the U.S. Postal Service, saying the decision will improve passenger service. “Mail and express no longer makes business sense for Amtrak and has negatively impacted the quality of our passenger service, so the decision has been made to exit the business,” Amtrak President & CEO David L. Gunn said in a message to employees. “It is my intention to have all mail and express activity concluded by early October.” In addition to a notification given last week to the Postmaster General, Amtrak is advising officials in Florida, Ohio and Indiana that a