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

Kinston Railroad Commences Rail Operations

August 4, 2022

Kinston Railroad Commences Rail Operations

Kinston Railroad (KNR), a wholly owned subsidiary of Jaguar Transport Holdings (Jaguar), began rail operations on Aug. 1. KNR acquired leasehold rights to approximately 6 miles of track owned by the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

Rail Traffic for July and the Week Ending July 30, 2022

August 4, 2022

Rail Traffic for July and the Week Ending July 30, 2022

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 30, 2022, as well as volumes for July 2022. U.S. railroads originated 906,903 carloads in July 2022, up 0.2 percent, or 2,213 carloads, from July 2021. U.S. railroads also originated 1,033,906 containers and trailers in July 2022, down 3 percent, or 32,094 units, from the same month last year. Combined U.S. carload and intermodal originations in July 2022 were 1,940,809, down 1.5 percent, or 29,881 carloads and intermodal units from July 2021.

Amtrak Debuts Decorative Locomotive to Celebrate “Beyond King Tut” Exhibition in Washington, D.C., and Boston

August 3, 2022

Amtrak Debuts Decorative Locomotive to Celebrate “Beyond King Tut” Exhibition in Washington, D.C., and Boston

Amtrak is the official transportation partner for a new exhibition “Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience,” the new exhibition produced in partnership with the National Geographic Society. Amtrak invites passengers and history buffs to conveniently travel via train to Washington, D.C., or Boston to experience the magic and mystery of ancient Egypt. To promote “Take the Train to Tut,” a specially-wrapped Amtrak locomotive will power Amtrak Northeast Regional service operating on the Northeast Corridor between Washington, D.C., and Boston. The locomotive is wrapped in vinyl and painted gold and black, and features an image of King Tut, and the message, “Go Beyond the Mask,” representing a nod to the learning opportunities awaiting guests at the exhibition. The exhibition centers on the life and times of one of history’s most well-known pharaohs. The locomotive will travel through Sept. 30.

Groundbreaking for the New Portal North Bridge

August 2, 2022

Groundbreaking for the New Portal North Bridge

Governor Phil Murphy, alongside United States Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin S. Corbett, and several federal, state, and local officials and project partners gathered yesterday to celebrate the official physical groundbreaking of the new Portal North Bridge. Construction of the new Portal North Bridge will greatly reduce gridlock caused by critical operation and maintenance issues of the existing 110-year-old swing bridge and improve service, reliability, and capacity for rail travel along the Northeast Corridor. The bridge is a major part of the larger Gateway Program, the nation’s most important infrastructure project, and a testament to the prioritization of critical infrastructure investments by the Murphy and Biden administrations.

More WMATA Trains, Shorter Waits Coming to Blue, Orange and Silver Line Passengers Beginning Today

August 1, 2022

More WMATA Trains, Shorter Waits Coming to Blue, Orange and Silver Line Passengers Beginning Today

As of August 1st, Blue, Orange and Silver line WMATA subway trains will arrive every 15 minutes on weekdays, matching service on the Green and Yellow lines. For most passengers, the wait for a train will be no longer than 5-8 minutes, as most stations are served by at least two if not all three lines.

CP Reports Strong Q2 Results; Momentum Accelerating in Second Half of the Year

July 29, 2022

CP Reports Strong Q2 Results; Momentum Accelerating in Second Half of the Year

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited announced its second-quarter 2022 results, including revenues of $2.20 billion, reported operating ratio (“OR”) of 60.6 percent, adjusted OR1 of 59.7 percent, reported diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) of $0.82 and core adjusted diluted EPS1 of $0.95.

Amtrak Service West of Albany Temporarily Suspended

July 29, 2022

Amtrak Service West of Albany Temporarily Suspended

Due to a potential safety concern with a non-Amtrak, privately owned building located near the tracks, Empire Service West of Albany and the Lake Shore Limited are temporarily suspended

SEPTA and Wawa Announce Station Naming Rights Agreement

July 28, 2022

SEPTA and Wawa Announce Station Naming Rights Agreement

SEPTA’s newest Regional Rail station will bear the name of a hometown institution thanks to a naming rights agreement announced today. The new Wawa Station will officially open for service on Sunday, August 21.

MTA Preliminary Budget Forecasts Fiscal Cliff Closer and Looms Larger as Ridership Recovery Delayed

July 28, 2022

MTA Preliminary Budget Forecasts Fiscal Cliff Closer and Looms Larger as Ridership Recovery Delayed

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) released its preliminary 2023 budget and four-year financial plan, including a reforecast of ridership recovery conducted by McKinsey & Company. The documents project the MTA fiscal cliff presented in February 2022 will occur in 2025, one year earlier than previously forecasted, with federal COVID-19 relief aid largely exhausted by 2024.

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending July 23, 2022

July 28, 2022

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending July 23, 2022

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 23, 2022. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 498,901 carloads and intermodal units, down 0.8 percent compared with the same week last year.
Total carloads for the week ending July 23 were 232,565 carloads, up 1.1 percent compared with the same week in 2021, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 266,336 containers and trailers, down 2.5 percent compared to 2021.