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Short Line/Regional

STB Plans Colo. Public Hearing

The Surface Transportation Board announced a public hearing to be held in Conejos, Colo., on a proposal by the San Luis and & Rio Grande Railroad to transfer onto railcars containers of contaminated dirt and debris from trucks originating at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The Board has instituted a declaratory order proceeding to determine whether the Board’s jurisdiction preempts the land-use code of Conejos County, Colo., where the transloading would take place. The public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Hall, 6631 County Road 13, Conejos, Colo.

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Rail Blog

Sometimes, you are prepared; other times you are not

Railfanning wasn’t on my mind, but perhaps it should have been. Having just pulled out of the parking lot, I noticed the familiar flashing red lights at the railroad crossing just ahead. I gunned it, so I would reach the crossing in time to watch the train pass by. (For starters, how man people speed up so they can wait at a grade crossing?) After stopping, I asked my fiancé for her camera. I was set. The only problem: Her camera didn’t have a memory card in it. I then reached for my camera. I quickly realized it was in

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Amtrak

Critical for Northeast Corridor to Remain a Public Asset, Says Amtrak President Joe Boardman

NEW YORK – Amtrak president Joe Boardman participated in a roundtable discussion regarding high-speed rail in the Northeast Corridor hosted by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman U.S. Representative John Mica. Mr. Boardman made the following statement: “It is critical for the Northeast Corridor to remain a public asset for the generations of Americans that are depending on our collective leadership to secure their future. It is about connecting the major metropolitan communities of the Northeast, and also connecting the Northeast to the rest of the United States. “As a result of Amtrak’s stewardship and improvement of the Northeast Corridor infrastructure, train speeds have increased from

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CSX

CSX and Environmental Defense Fund Work to Improve Energy Efficiency

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — CSX Corp. said its continued participation in Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) Climate Corps for 2011.  EDF Climate Corps places top MBA students in companies to develop practical, actionable energy efficiency plans that cut costs and greenhouse gas emissions. As a result of its participation in the program last year, CSX and the company’s fellow identified savings of more than $160,000, 1.5 million kWh of electricity (enough to power 140 homes), and 940 metric tons of CO2 (equivalent to removing 150 SUVs from the road) annually. “CSX’s commitment to the environment has enabled the company to drive great results

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Commuter Rail

Hersman: Investigations Highlight Need for New Perspective on Safety Culture

WASHINGTON — National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman said accident investigations highlight the need for a new perspective on safety culture, record-keeping and aging infrastructure. In a speech to the audience at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) conference, Hersman discussed four investigations across all modes of transportation. She highlighted several accidents that claimed the lives of dozens and encouraged attendees to embrace lessons learned to prevent future accidents. “If you’re going to build a transportation project that’s going to stand for decades, the foundation of future operating decisions may well be based on the original documentation. Make sure your records stand the test of time,” Hersman said. Hersman

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Canadian Pacific

CP: Fourth Quarter Revenue Increased 13 Percent

CALGARY — Canadian Pacific Railway announced its fourth-quarter and full-year 2010 results, and revenue in the fourth-quarter increased 13 percent with gains across all lines of business. Reported net income in the fourth-quarter was $186 million, an increase of 27 per cent and diluted earnings per share was $1.09 for the quarter and $3.85 for the full year. Adjusted diluted earnings per share was $1.12 for the quarter and $3.87 for the full year. “Fourth quarter saw double digit revenue growth, a continuation of our year-to-date trend,” said Fred Green, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We delivered an improvement in

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CSX

CSX to Invest $2 Billion to Strengthen Its Rail Network

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — CSX Corp. will invest $2 billion to increase the quality, flexibility and capacity of its rail network, the company announced as part of its quarterly and full-year earnings report. That’s on top of the $1.8 billion the company invested in 2010, a year in which operating income was $3.1 billion. “CSX believes in the ability of the U.S. economy to continue growing and is committed to supporting its customers as that occurs,” saidMichael J. Ward, CSX chairman, president and chief executive officer. “This is an important time for CSX and other companies to take stock in what we need to do

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Norfolk Southern

Norfolk Southern Reports 2010 Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results

Norfolk Southern Corp. reported fourth-quarter 2010 net income of $402 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, 31 percent higher compared with $307 million, or $0.82 per diluted share, for the same quarter of 2009. Fourth-quarter 2010 results benefited from a $34 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, change in estimate affecting deferred income taxes. Net income for 2010 was $1.5 billion, or $4.00 per diluted share, an increase of 45 percent, compared with $1.0 billion, or $2.76 per diluted share, in 2009. “During 2010 we profitably grew the business, invested in the franchise, generated significant levels of cash, and produced attractive returns for our shareholders,” said CEO Wick Moorman. “We

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Norfolk Southern

Norfolk Southern Increases Dividend

NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern Corp. said its Board of Directors today voted to increase the regular quarterly dividend on the company’s common stock by 11 percent, or 4 cents per share, from 36 to 40 cents per share. The increased dividend is payable on March 10 to stockholders of record on Feb. 4.

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Canadian National

CN Reports Q4 2010 Income

MONTREAL — CN reported its financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2010. Fourth-quarter and full-year 2010 highlights — Net income for the final quarter of 2010 was C$503 million, or C$1.08 per diluted share, versus fourth-quarter 2009 net income of C$582 million or C$1.23 per diluted share. — Q4-2010 net income increased by 19 per cent over comparable adjusted 2009 net income of C$424 million, with Q4-2010 diluted earnings per share (EPS) up 20 per cent over adjusted diluted EPS of C$0.90 for the final quarter of 2009. — Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased