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

Amtrak and Partners Break Ground on New Brattleboro Station and Platform Upgrades

June 25, 2024

Amtrak and Partners Break Ground on New Brattleboro Station and Platform Upgrades

Amtrak, in conjunction with the town of Brattleboro, state of Vermont, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), New England Central Railroad (NECR) and the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), broke ground today on a new Brattleboro Station and the state’s first-ever level boarding train platform.

Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Requirements for Freight Railroads to Provide Hazmat Information to First Responders

June 24, 2024

Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Requirements for Freight Railroads to Provide Hazmat Information to First Responders

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced a final rule to protect firefighters and improve public safety. The final rule requires railroads to proactively provide first responders with real-time, electronic information about rail hazmat shipments to the primary Public Safety Answering Point (for example, a 9-1-1 call center or emergency responder phone app such as the AskRail Mobile App as soon as the railroad is aware of an accident or incident involving hazardous materials.

NJ Transit Cuts Ribbon For Grand Reopening of Fully Renovated Elizabeth Rail Station

June 21, 2024

NJ Transit Cuts Ribbon For Grand Reopening of Fully Renovated Elizabeth Rail Station

On Tuesday, June 18, NJ TRANSIT officially cut the ribbon on the fully renovated Elizabeth Station which includes additional platform capacity and access with upgraded elevators and additional staircases, new station buildings and a renovated public plaza.

Weekly Rail Traffic for the Week Ending June 15, 2024

June 20, 2024

Weekly Rail Traffic for the Week Ending June 15, 2024

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 15, 2024. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 493,138 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.4 percent compared with the same week last year.

Norfolk Southern Safety Advancements

June 18, 2024

Norfolk Southern Safety Advancements

Norfolk Southern Corporation released a 2024 Midyear Safety Report, highlighting substantial advancements to enhance railroad safety. Norfolk Southern is committed to keeping our employees and communities safe. Our progress to become the gold standard of safety is the direct result of engaging employees, safety advisors, customers and communities — all to further the company’s safety culture.

Update on Progress of  MBTA South Coast Rail Project

June 17, 2024

Update on Progress of MBTA South Coast Rail Project

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) provided an update on the progress of the South Coast Rail project, including a new milestone reached that brings the project closer to completion.

CSX Making Important Infrastructure Enhancements at Its Cumberland, Maryland Yard

June 14, 2024

CSX Making Important Infrastructure Enhancements at Its Cumberland, Maryland Yard

CSX has undertaken an important project to improve the infrastructure at its Cumberland, Maryland rail yard. This strategic initiative aims to reconfigure the yard for enhanced safety and productivity, enabling the railroad to more efficiently manage increased traffic destined for the Midwest.

Amtrak Releases Fiscal Year 2023 Sustainability Report

June 14, 2024

Amtrak Releases Fiscal Year 2023 Sustainability Report

A newly released fiscal year (FY) 2023 Sustainability Report details Amtrak’s progress toward Net-Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2045. In FY23 Amtrak replaced more than a million gallons of fossil-fuel with renewable diesel, began integrating climate resilience and sustainability design measures into capital projects and finalized plans to host its first clean energy generation facility.

June 13, 2024

Weekly Rail Traffic for the Week Ending June 8, 2024

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 8, 2024. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 489,916 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.1 percent compared with the same week last year.