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

September 8, 2020

CN Joining The Commtrex Marketplace

Canadian National  is pleased to announce that it has joined The Commtrex Transload Marketplace, offering customers one-stop access to CN’s unique tri-coastal rail network and its extensive range of transloading distribution services across Canada and the U.S.

LIRR Unveils New Technology That Identifies Least Crowded Trains Before Riders Leave Home

September 8, 2020

LIRR Unveils New Technology That Identifies Least Crowded Trains Before Riders Leave Home

Long Island Rail Road officials today unveiled a first-of-its-kind planning tool that allow passengers to choose trains based on recent crowding data. LIRR is the first transit agency globally to deploy the crowding data feature, which empowers passengers with information so accurate and precise that they never have to second guess the best time to use the system.

CSX DERAILMENT RESULTS IN AMTRAK ELECTRIC OUTAGE

September 8, 2020

CSX DERAILMENT RESULTS IN AMTRAK ELECTRIC OUTAGE

Due to a CSX freight train derailment at Oak Point Yard in the Bronx, N.Y., all Amtrak service has been suspended between New York and New Haven.  Four freight cars had derailed and one hit a catenary pole, causing an electrical outage. 

Labor Union Issues Statement Concerning Amtrak Layoffs

September 3, 2020

Labor Union Issues Statement Concerning Amtrak Layoffs

Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), has issued a statement concerning Amtrak’s announcement of furloughs beginning October 1.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Makes Historic Announcement on America’s Freight System

September 3, 2020

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Makes Historic Announcement on America’s Freight System

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced the release of the first-ever National Freight Strategic Plan (NFSP). It is the latest effort by the Department and the Trump Administration to strengthen America’s economic competitiveness. The NFSP lays out a vision for long-term investments in infrastructure, the workforce, and other essential parts of the freight system.

NJ Transit’s Safety Education Program Goes Virtual For Back To School

September 3, 2020

NJ Transit’s Safety Education Program Goes Virtual For Back To School

NJ TRANSIT is keeping up with the times by taking its Safety Education Program virtual. Schools are encouraged to request the free SAFETY RULES! presentation, now conducted over Zoom, to educate students on the need for safe behavior and caution around trains and light rail vehicles.

Amtrak Expands Carry-on Bike Program on Northeast Regional and Northeast State Supported Trains

September 3, 2020

Amtrak Expands Carry-on Bike Program on Northeast Regional and Northeast State Supported Trains

Amtrak has expanded its Carry-on bike program for most Northeast Regional departures, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, allowing passengers to store their bike inside of the passenger coach in a designated space. In addition, Amtrak has worked with its various Northeast state partners to offer the program on its State-Supported trains.

Rail Traffic for August and the Week Ending August 29, 2020

September 2, 2020

Rail Traffic for August and the Week Ending August 29, 2020

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending August 29, 2020, as well as volumes for August 2020. U.S. railroads originated 898,227 carloads in August 2020, down 14.9 percent, or 156,797 carloads, from August 2019. U.S. railroads also originated 1,122,954 containers and trailers in August 2020, up 3 percent, or 33,115 units, from the same month last year

Amtrak Partners with RB, The Makers of Lysol®,  To Further Strengthen Hygiene Protocols

September 2, 2020

Amtrak Partners with RB, The Makers of Lysol®, To Further Strengthen Hygiene Protocols

Amtrak is building on its commitment to the safety and wellbeing of travelers by announcing a partnership with RB, the makers of Lysol. As part of this new partnership, germ-kill experts and microbiologists from RB will help Amtrak strengthen its comprehensive disinfection protocols for Amtrak trains, stations and Metropolitan Lounges. The partnership will launch in stations served by the Northeast Corridor and Pacific Surfliner trains, before expanding across the Amtrak network.

Norfolk Southern’s Living Shoreline Initiative Is Good For The Environment, The Community, And Business

September 1, 2020

Norfolk Southern’s Living Shoreline Initiative Is Good For The Environment, The Community, And Business

Oysters, river otters, shore birds, and other wildlife have a new place to call home along an industrial stretch of the Elizabeth River that Norfolk Southern has reclaimed as a living shoreline.

The innovative sustainability project, completed recently, has transformed a stretch of severely eroded shoreline at the railroad’s Lamberts Point terminal into a green oasis in an area where ship repair and port businesses operate. The initiative advances significant environmental, community, and business goals.