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

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.

VIA Rail Reaches Tentative Agreement With Unifor

February 16, 2021

VIA Rail Reaches Tentative Agreement With Unifor

VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) has reached tentative agreements for a two-year contract renewal of the collective agreements with Unifor, the union representing more than 2,400 VIA Rail employees in stations, on board trains, in maintenance centres and administrative offices.

Newark Liberty Airport AirTrain Replacement Advances

February 15, 2021

Newark Liberty Airport AirTrain Replacement Advances

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is taking the next step toward replacement of the AirTrain at Newark Liberty International Airport with the publication  of the Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) of the project and commencement of a 30-day period of public review and comment.

Solar Farm Designed to Lower SEPTA’s Carbon Footprint Now Operational

February 12, 2021

Solar Farm Designed to Lower SEPTA’s Carbon Footprint Now Operational

A stride in decarbonization in Pennsylvania was made recently with the commercial operation of a 17.5 megawatt solar farm in Franklin County, Pa. The project, Elk Hill Solar 2, developed under a power purchase agreement between the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and Lightsource bp, is helping advance energy and sustainability priorities for both SEPTA and the Commonwealth. The solar farm was developed, and is owned and operated by Lightsource bp.

MBTA Announces Names of New Stations as Part of Green Line B Branch Station Consolidation Project

February 11, 2021

MBTA Announces Names of New Stations as Part of Green Line B Branch Station Consolidation Project

The MBTA today announced that the new stations constructed during the upcoming B Branch Station Consolidation project will be called Babcock Street Station and Amory Street Station. This station modernization project will consolidate four B Branch stops (BU West with St. Paul Street and Pleasant Street with Babcock Street) into two fully accessible, brand new stations. With longer platforms and protection from the roadway, the consolidated stations will improve safety and save time for riders traveling on Commonwealth Ave.