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

Rapidly Escalating Riots Effect Railroad Operations

May 31, 2020

Rapidly Escalating Riots Effect Railroad Operations

Rapidly escalating riots and looting, stemming from protests over the death of George Floyd, are having an effect on railroad operations in many urban areas throughout the country.

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $1.25 Million in Funding Available for Real-Time Transit Infrastructure and Rolling Stock Condition Assessment Demonstration Program

May 29, 2020

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $1.25 Million in Funding Available for Real-Time Transit Infrastructure and Rolling Stock Condition Assessment Demonstration Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA)  announced the availability of $1.25 million in funding to demonstrate and evaluate innovative technologies and designs to improve the state of good repair for transit agencies. The competitive grant funds are provided through the Public Transportation Innovation Program.

CSX Honored with a 2020 Halo Award for Social Impact

May 28, 2020

CSX Honored with a 2020 Halo Award for Social Impact

CSX’s Pride in Service initiative was recognized with Engage for Good’s 2020 Gold Halo Award for Employee Engagement.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $302.6 Million in ‘State of Good Repair’ Grants

May 27, 2020

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $302.6 Million in ‘State of Good Repair’ Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced the recipients of more than $302 million in grant funds under the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program (Partnership Program) to help repair and rehabilitate railroad infrastructure across the country. The grants will fund 12 projects in nine states

Milwaukee-Chicago Amtrak Hiawatha Service Returns June 1

May 27, 2020

Milwaukee-Chicago Amtrak Hiawatha Service Returns June 1

Beginning June 1, Amtrak and our partner state transportation departments are restoring a Hiawatha Service round-trip between Milwaukee and Chicago in response to anticipated increased demand

Weekly Rail Traffic for the Week Ending May 23, 2020

May 27, 2020

Weekly Rail Traffic for the Week Ending May 23, 2020

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 23, 2020. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 428,715 carloads and intermodal units, down 19.2 percent compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending May 23 were 190,639 carloads, down 27.5 percent compared with the same week in 2019, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 238,076 containers and trailers, down 11.2 percent compared to 2019

MTA Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad Announce Essential Service Plan Enhancements as Long Island and Hudson Valley Begin Phase 1 Reopening

May 26, 2020

MTA Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad Announce Essential Service Plan Enhancements as Long Island and Hudson Valley Begin Phase 1 Reopening

MTA Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi and MTA Long Island Rail Road President Phil Eng today announced details on service enhancements under the MTA Essential Service Plan associated with the Phase 1 reopening of the mid-Hudson Valley today, Tuesday, May 26, and Long Island on Wednesday, May 27.

Supplemental Funding Needed to Maintain Minimum Amtrak Service Levels

May 26, 2020

Supplemental Funding Needed to Maintain Minimum Amtrak Service Levels

Amtrak submitted a letter to Congress outlining an additional $1.475 billion in supplemental funding needed in FY 2021. This additional funding is necessary for Amtrak to operate minimum service levels across the passenger rail network and continue capital investments for the future.

CN Announces New Intermodal Rail Service Between Moncton and Halifax

May 22, 2020

CN Announces New Intermodal Rail Service Between Moncton and Halifax

CN announced today that, in collaboration with the Halifax Port Authority, stakeholders, ocean carriers, and customers, it will now offer integrated solutions through its Moncton yard aimed at reducing short-haul trucking in Halifax.