U.S. passenger railroad Amtrak to increase trains as demand returns

By David Shepardson for reuters.com U.S. passenger railroad Amtrak said on Monday it is boosting train service ahead of an expected busy summer travel season and as rail demand returns, with high gasoline prices encouraging more people to take trains. Amtrak said it planned to operate about 80% of pre-pandemic level Northeast Regional train departures […]

Canadian regulators propose more detailed requirements for reporting railroad performance metrics

By Bill Stephens for trains.com Railroads would have to report local service data as well as locomotive and crew availability Class I railroads operating in Canada would be required to report additional performance and staffing metrics under a proposal Canadian regulators unveiled on Friday. Transport Canada’s move was announced on the same day that the Surface Transportation […]

STB to Class I’s: ‘Industry-Wide Transparency, Accountability, and Service Improvements’

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief for railwayage.com On May 5—a little more than a week after its April 26-27 “Urgent Issues in Freight Rail Service” hearing—the Surface Transportation Board, voting unanimously, has issued updated, more-comprehensive rules for reporting performance and employment metrics. The eight-part regulations, which mostly affect the “Big 4”—BNSF, CSX, Norfolk Southern […]

STB to Require Four Class Is to Submit Plans on How to Fix Service Crisis

By Justin Franz for railfan.com The U.S. Surface Transportation Board announced Friday that all seven Class I railroads will have to submit reports on rail service, performance and employment, and four of them will need to provide plans on how they will get service back on track.  The request for more information and transparency comes […]

Unrehearsed, Unpolished, Inexperienced

Written by David Nahass, Financial Editor for railwayage.com FINANCIAL EDGE, RAILWAY AGE MAY 2022 ISSUE: Sports journalists say they don’t root for teams; they root for stories. At “Financial Edge,” the circumstance is the same. There always needs to be something to write about. Nonetheless, at its heart, “Financial Edge” roots for the railroads. The […]

What’s Next For Class I Railroads After That Tense STB Hearing?

By Justin Franz for railfan.com After a fiery two-day hearing in Washington D.C., about the ongoing Class I service crisis, many in and out of the rail industry are asking “What’s next?”  After receiving an avalanche of complaints from shippers and railroaders about the state of rail service, the U.S. Surface Transportation Board demanded that […]

Rail Decline May Turn Into National Security Issue

Shippers, unions and the STB believe cost cutting has gotten out of hand. By David Sparkman for mhlnews.com The service deterioration on the nation’s Class 1 railroads is approaching the point of becoming a national security issue, shippers informed the Surface Transportation Board (STB) at hearings held April 26-27, where they described how it already […]

Should the freight rail industry be overhauled?

‘There’s probably no elegant solution to structurally fix rail service’ By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com Service disruptions at the Class I railroads have come to a head in recent weeks, and shippers and the unions representing rail workers are clamoring for changes to the freight rail industry of a magnitude to match the disruptions. Some […]

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