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Keep up to date on the latest railroad news from the northeastern United States and Canada, edited by Carl Perelman.

SEPTA Board Approves Five-Year Strategic Plan

February 25, 2021

SEPTA Board Approves Five-Year Strategic Plan

The SEPTA Board today approved a five-year Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2021 through 2026. The plan – “SEPTA Forward: A Vision for a Stronger Future” – provides a framework for the Authority’s recovery from COVID-19 and sets a vision for future growth.

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending February 20, 2021

February 24, 2021

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending February 20, 2021

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending February 20, 2021. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 377,904 carloads and intermodal units, down 21.7 percent compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending February 20 were 171,642 carloads, down 26.3 percent compared with the same week in 2020, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 206,262 containers and trailers, down 17.4 percent compared to 2020.

Want To Upgrade To Amtrak Premium Services? BIDUP

February 23, 2021

Want To Upgrade To Amtrak Premium Services? BIDUP

All Amtrak passengers enjoy roomy seats and legroom. But for those who want a more premium experience – with even more comfort and amenities. Amtrak passengers now can make BidUpSM offers for upgrades to Business Class or First Class.

MBTA Sets Direction for Spring 2021 Commuter Rail Schedules

February 22, 2021

MBTA Sets Direction for Spring 2021 Commuter Rail Schedules

The MBTA set the direction today for Spring 2021 Commuter Rail schedules, focusing on preserving access, matching service to ridership and passenger needs, and providing more operational flexibility. Responding to feedback from riders and communities, weeknight service after 9 p.m. will largely remain, particularly where ridership has returned more than in other areas and on transit-critical lines.

Genesee & Wyoming Announces 2020 U.S. Industrial Development Results

February 22, 2021

Genesee & Wyoming Announces 2020 U.S. Industrial Development Results

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) announced 2020 U.S. industrial development results, with 45 new projects representing $1.6 billion in customer investments expected to generate more than 800 new jobs in communities served by G&W’s freight railroads.

Amidst Financial Crisis, MTA Urges Swift Passage of the American Rescue Plan and Calls on Congress to Deliver $8 Billion in Federal Relief

February 18, 2021

Amidst Financial Crisis, MTA Urges Swift Passage of the American Rescue Plan and Calls on Congress to Deliver $8 Billion in Federal Relief

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today urged Congress to quickly pass the American Rescue Plan, including delivering an additional $8 billion in federal relief for the agency amidst its ongoing financial crisis. The MTA continues to face a cumulative deficit of $8 billion through 2024 and is urgently requesting additional Federal assistance to power the region’s recovery from the pandemic in the years to come.

Norfolk Southern Terminates Project On Former Chattahoochee Brick Company Site

February 18, 2021

Norfolk Southern Terminates Project On Former Chattahoochee Brick Company Site

Norfolk Southern Corporation today announced it has terminated plans to build a rail transfer facility on the site of the former Chattahoochee Brick Company in Atlanta. Norfolk Southern’s decision comes after the City of Atlanta filed a petition for preliminary injunction last week with the federal Surface Transportation Board.

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending February 13, 2021

February 17, 2021

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending February 13, 2021

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending February 13, 2021. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 480,483 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.3 percent compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending February 13 were 211,420 carloads, down 7 percent compared with the same week in 2020, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 269,063 containers and trailers, up 6.9 percent compared to 2020.

Allegheny Valley Railroad Opens New Rail-Served Transload Terminal

February 17, 2021

Allegheny Valley Railroad Opens New Rail-Served Transload Terminal

Allegheny Valley Railroad Company (AVR), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carload Express, Inc., received its first rail shipments at its new Glenwood Transload Terminal in Pittsburgh, PA last week.  This facility features a 40-Ton capacity Mi-Jack™ TraveLift® traveling gantry crane that can load and unload multiple railcar spots directly to truck or to ground storage.  

Norfolk Southern Names Hunt Cary As Vice President Operations Efficiency

February 16, 2021

Norfolk Southern Names Hunt Cary As Vice President Operations Efficiency

Norfolk Southern  announced that its board of directors has elected Hunt Cary, a 28-year railroad veteran, as vice president operations efficiency.