Amtrak Apologizes to MARC Passengers

WASHINGTON – On June 21, MARC Train 538 lost power soon after leaving Washington Union Station, resulting in loss of air conditioning and “uncomfortable conditions for passengers” who waited about two hours for a resolution. “On behalf of Amtrak, I extend my most sincere apologies to the passengers of Train 538 for having to withstand unacceptable conditions and inconveniences during this service disruption,” President and CEO Joseph Boardman said. “We fell short of providing the service we strive to deliver. “In conjunction with the Maryland Transit Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration we are conducting a thorough investigation of the

CP, TSI Sign Productivity and Performance Agreement

VANCOUVER — Canadian Pacific and TSI Terminal Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Global Container Terminals, have entered into an agreement to enhance the future flow of containers through the Vancouver gateway. “This agreement moves us down the path of a high performance, efficient and reliable supply chain,” said Michael Moore, President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Container Terminals. “We will measure performance changes, share best practices, and work cooperatively toward growth for the benefit of our mutual customers.” TSI is the largest container terminal operator in Canada, handling more than 70 per cent of the containerized cargo that moves

Eco-Friendly Intermodal Cranes Will Improve Efficiency and Aid Economic Competitiveness

TOLEDO, Ohio — CSX has joined with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and the National Gateway to celebrate today the arrival of five new ultra-efficient intermodal cranes at the Port of Toledo. The cranes are bound for the new Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal in North Baltimore, Ohio. “These cranes represent a major part of the revolution in environmentally-friendly freight transportation taking place in this region,” said Peter Craig, terminal superintendent, CSX Intermodal. “Once installed, the cranes will reduce emissions and improve the efficiency of our operations throughout the Midwest, while increasing the economic competitiveness of the entire country.” Manufactured by

Union Pacific Railroad’s Legendary Steam Locomotive To Be Part of Centennial Celebration

OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific Railroad’s historic steam locomotive, No. 844, will travel to Milliken, Colo., from its base in Cheyenne, Wyo., to help the community celebrate its centennial and the railroad’s history and heritage. The “City of Milliken Centennial Special” will depart Cheyenne on June 25 at 5 p.m. and arrive in Milliken at 7:30 p.m. No. 844 will be on public display at the Broad St. crossing in Milliken on June 26 beginning at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., before it departs Milliken at 7 p.m., arriving back in Cheyenne at 10:30 p.m. “This will be the first

Amtrak is Working on the Railroad in Chicago

CHICAGO – Amtrak is using $115 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to improve tracks, buildings and control systems in Chicago this construction season, as part of a $1 billion construction program to fund capital projects designed to rebuild the critical infrastructure of America’s Railroad. “We are investing in our infrastructure in Chicago to improve our operations and support the growing demand to travel by Amtrak,” said President and CEO Joseph Boardman. He noted America’s intercity passenger railroad posted a ridership increase of more than seven percent nationally in the last nine months, including double-digit increases

Amtrak: National Rail Plan Needs to Recognize the Value of Amtrak’s Intercity Passenger Rail Network

WASHINGTON – Amtrak is urging the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to be bold and unambiguous in its vision for the future of the national rail system, including the Amtrak network, as it develops a long-range National Rail Plan (NRP). “Amtrak’s existing national intercity passenger rail system should be recognized in the NRP as the foundation for the development of an expanded network of high-speed and conventional rail services spanning key corridors across the United States,” said Amtrak Vice President, Policy and Development Stephen Gardner. Gardner explained that Amtrak is America’s intercity passenger railroad and the only high-speed rail service provider

BNSF to Replace Burlington Bridge Approach Spans Construction of Lift Span Begins This Summer

FORT WORTH — BNSF Railway Company will begin work this month on replacing seven approach spans on the Mississippi River bridge at Burlington, Iowa. Construction of the new approaches will complement a separate construction project that began last year to replace the bridge’s swing span with a new lift span over the navigation channel. Construction of the replacement approach spans will use new reinforced concrete foundations with 250-foot steel bridge spans. When combined with the replacement of the movable span over the navigation channel, the entire bridge will have been rebuilt to 21st century engineering standards. “The Burlington Bridge is

CN, TSI Terminal Systems Reach Supply Chain Collaboration Agreement

MONTREAL — CN and TSI Terminal Systems Inc. (TSI) announced a supply chain collaboration agreement aiming to enhance service levels to their mutual customers and draw greater volumes of container traffic over Port Metro Vancouver. A MOU has been signed that will drive strong mutual focus on system efficiencies, improved communication, and close monitoring of their gateway performance. The CN-TSI pact is a companion to CN’s recent supply chain collaboration agreement with Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) designed to promote balanced accountability among all Port stakeholders. TSI is the largest container terminal operator in Canada, handling approximately 70 per cent of

STB to Hold Hearing on Service Denial

WASHINGTON — The Surface Transportation Board will hold a public hearing on July 29 on a case that centers on whether a railroad may deny service to coal shippers who do not follow the railroad’s rules on coal dust dispersal. The case, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation—Petition for Declaratory Order, Docket No. FD 35305, raises the issues of whether BNSF Railway Co. may establish rules regarding coal dust dispersion from coal trains operating over its lines and if it can refuse to provide rail service to shippers who do not comply with its rules. The Board will decide if this constitutes

Axion Power to Work With Norfolk Southern on Battery-Driven Locomotive Project

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — Axion Power International said it will launch a development program with Norfolk Southern Corp. to develop a battery management system that would allow rail locomotives to operate on battery power and recharge their batteries through regenerative braking. “Railways are the most fuel-efficient method of transporting freight, moving a ton of freight 457 miles on a single gallon of fuel,” Axion Power Chairman & CEO Thomas Granville said. “The ability to run locomotives on electricity is well-established, although the standard means of doing so to date has either been a third rail or an overhead connection –

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