BNSF Receives National Achievement Award for Commitment to Community Safety

FORT WORTH, Texas — BNSF Railway Company has been honored by TRANSCAER (National Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response) for its commitment to helping communities prepare for and respond to possible hazardous materials transportation incidents. BNSF was one of eight companies to receive TRANSCAER’s 2009 National Achievement Award for supporting the TRANSCAER initiative and extending beyond the geographic boundaries of any one region. This is the 10th time the National TRANSCAER Task Group has selected BNSF for this award for continuing dedication to emergency preparedness and community outreach. In addition, Brock Lowman, BNSF, manager, HazMat Response, was recognized with the

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Signs Agreement to Acquire FreightLink; Expands Rail Operations in South Australia and the Northern Territory

GREENWICH, Conn. — Genesee & Wyoming Inc. said it has signed an agreement to acquire the assets of FreightLink Pty Ltd, Asia Pacific Transport Pty Ltd and related corporate entities $277.2 million, plus the assumption of debt with a carrying value of $1.4 million. In addition, GWI expects to incur transaction-related expenses of $19.1 million, principally related to the payment of stamp duty (an Australian asset transfer tax). The acquisition of FreightLink is contingent upon customary closing conditions, including the receipt of certain governmental approvals. GWI expects to close the acquisition and to commence operations in the fourth quarter of

EPA Recognizes BNSF Logistics for Outstanding Environmental Performance

SPRINGDALE, Ark. — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized BNSF Logistics with its outstanding environmental performance designation in the SmartWay Transport Partner program. BNSF Logistics has been a SmartWay Transport Partner since 2005 and activities under its annual program objectives have generated the highest score possible — 1.25. “Our customers demand environmentally and financially sustainable solutions from their supply chain partners,” stated Eric Wolfe, BNSF Logistics vice president and general manager. “Customers are taking a long-term view of decisions they are making today and seeking partners who can present modal alternatives that benefit the environment. Our expertise in providing

Kawasaki Rail Car to build new Metrorail cars

WASHINGTON — Metro’s Board of Directors approved a contract to have Kawasaki Rail Car Inc. manufacture 428 new generation Metrorail cars known as the Series 7000 cars at a cost of $886 million. The cars will address Metro’s number one safety priority to replace its oldest rail cars (Series 1000).

CTA to Extend Testing of Prototype Rail Cars on Green Line

CHICAGO — The CTA announced that the 5000-series prototype rail cars most recently being tested on the Green Line have been temporarily removed from service so that engineers can install and test a modification to the braking system. The 10 prototype rail cars were tested out-of-service since last fall and began in-service testing April 19th on the Red Line and moved to the Green Line on May 17.

1 2 3