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

CN Announces its Plan to Introduce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for all Employees in Canada

September 9, 2021

CN Announces its Plan to Introduce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for all Employees in Canada

CN  announced that vaccination against COVID-19 will be mandatory for all its employees in Canada. CN’s vaccination policy will apply to all employees and new hires in Canada, and its wholly owned subsidiaries.

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending September 4, 2021

September 8, 2021

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending September 4, 2021

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending September 4, 2021. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 494,415 carloads and intermodal units, down 3 percent compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending September 4 were 228,203 carloads, up 2.6 percent compared with the same week in 2020, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 266,212 containers and trailers, down 7.3 percent compared to 2020.

Progress Rail Approves B20 Biodiesel Fuel for Use in EMD® Engines

September 8, 2021

Progress Rail Approves B20 Biodiesel Fuel for Use in EMD® Engines

Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company, is committed to offering sustainable solutions by providing products that facilitate fuel transition, increase operational efficiency, and reduce emissions. To help customers achieve their climate-related goals, Progress Rail has approved the use of up to 20% biodiesel blend (B20) across its range of 645 and 710 series engines.

Kansas City Southern Board of Directors Determines Proposal from Canadian Pacific Railway Could Reasonably Be Expected to Lead to a “Superior Proposal”

September 7, 2021

Kansas City Southern Board of Directors Determines Proposal from Canadian Pacific Railway Could Reasonably Be Expected to Lead to a “Superior Proposal”

Kansas City Southern  (“KCS”)  announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously determined, after consultation with the Company’s outside legal and financial advisors, that the unsolicited proposal received from Canadian Pacific Railway Limited  on August 31, 2021, to acquire KCS in a cash and stock transaction valued by CP at $300 per KCS share could reasonably be expected to lead to a “Company Superior Proposal” as defined in KCS’s merger agreement with CN.

Amtrak Midwest Service Changes

September 7, 2021

Amtrak Midwest Service Changes

Amtrak MidwestSM network service modifications were made due to reduced travel demand during the COVID-19 pandemic were in partnership with the Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri state transportation departments, from March 13, 2020 and ending Sept, 6, 2021.

National Park Foundation Celebrates Grand Opening of Pullman National Monument Visitor Center and State Historic Site Grounds

September 2, 2021

National Park Foundation Celebrates Grand Opening of Pullman National Monument Visitor Center and State Historic Site Grounds

Pullman National Monument, located in Chicago, Illinois, will officially open its visitor center doors and state historic site grounds on Labor Day weekend, September 4 and 5, 2021. The celebratory weekend will feature tours, interpretive programming, and a host of events and activities organized by a variety of partners throughout the Pullman neighborhood.

Rail Traffic for August and the Week Ending August 28, 2021

September 2, 2021

Rail Traffic for August and the Week Ending August 28, 2021

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending August 28, 2021, as well as volumes for August 2021. U.S. railroads originated 934,762 carloads in August 2021, up 4.1 percent, or 36,815 carloads, from August 2020. U.S. railroads also originated 1,085,345 containers and trailers in August 2021, down 3.3 percent, or 37,603 units, from the same month last year.

Tropical Storm Ida Impacts NJ Transit Service

September 2, 2021

Tropical Storm Ida Impacts NJ Transit Service

NJ Transit is experiencing  service suspensions, delays and detours due to the significant impacts from Tropical Storm Ida  throughout New Jersey.

KCS Comments on Surface Transportation Board Decision  Regarding Voting Trust For Combination With CN

September 1, 2021

KCS Comments on Surface Transportation Board Decision Regarding Voting Trust For Combination With CN

Kansas City Southern today issued the following statement in response to the Surface Transportation Board’s (“STB”) decision to deny the use of a voting trust in connection with the definitive merger agreement between CN and KCS.

STB Rejects Use of Voting Trust in Proposed Merger between CN and KCS

September 1, 2021

STB Rejects Use of Voting Trust in Proposed Merger between CN and KCS

The Surface Transportation Board on Tuesday announced a unanimous decision rejecting the use of a voting trust agreement in connection with the proposed transaction between Canadian National Railway (CN) and Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS).