Bipartisan support emerges for Senate railroad safety bill

By STEPHEN R. GROVES for A bipartisan consensus that Congress should act to toughen regulations on railroads emerged Wednesday as senators heard fresh testimony on the fiery hazardous train derailment last month on the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. Both Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee peppered Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw with questions about […]

Workers say it’s time to nationalize the railroad

Railroad workers point to corporate greed as the root cause of the recent influx of dangerous train derailments by Alexandra Martinez for Over a dozen trains have derailed across the U.S. in fewer than three months. On Feb. 3, a Norfolk Southern train derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, causing multiple explosions, toxic chemical leaks, and controlled burns that […]

U.S. Approves $31 Billion Merger of Two Big Railroads

Canadian Pacific’s acquisition of Kansas City Southern will create a railroad that links Canada, the United States and Mexico. By Niraj Chokshi and Mark Walker got A federal regulator on Wednesday approved a Canadian freight railroad’s plan to buy an American competitor, a $31 billion deal that will make the railroad the first to operate across North […]

Union Pacific names CSX Transportation executive to senior operations position

Brian Barr to become UP’s senior vice president of transportation on April 15 Union Pacific today named longtime CSX Transportation executive Brian Barr as its senior vice president of transportation. Barr, who is currently senior vice president of network planning and services at CSX, will join UP on April 15. He will report to Eric […]

Reba Mae Inman 

Dec 31, 1943 – Mar 11, 2023 Reba Mae Inman entered into rest at her home on Saturday, March 11, 2023, surrounded by her loving family at the age of 79 Years, 2 Months, and 11 Days. She was born December 31, 1943 in Arcadia, Missouri, to the late Marvin and Fay (Reed) Swaringim. Reba […]

St. Louis fire chief warns railroads to hand over life-saving supplies

By Chris Hayes and Kayla Shepperd for St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson says he’s been battling for about a decade for the railroads to bring critical safety supplies closer to the city. He said there’s no question we’ll need those supplies. “It’s not if, it’s when. We know it’s going to happen,” Jenkerson […]

Americans Want Tighter Railroad Regulations After The Ohio Train Derailment

By Cooper Burton For Last Saturday, a Norfolk Southern freight train derailed in Springfield, Ohio, taking out power for over 1,000 people and prompting authorities to issue a temporary shelter-in-place order for nearby residents. And no, this wasn’t the one that generated headlines with images of billowing clouds of smoke and toxic runoff in nearby streams. That was the other train that […]

‘Crafting an illusion’: US rail firms’ multimillion-dollar PR push

Norfolk Southern, the company behind the Ohio train crash, and other rail firms spent millions on marketing and lobbying By Adam Lowenstein for Six children, smiling and laughing, sit at a table with lunch boxes open in front of them. “Hey guys! My dad can stop a train with his finger,” one brags. “My […]

Union Pacific to seek new CEO after hedge fund prods board of directors

By Bill Stephens | February 26, 2023 for Soroban Capital touts former COO Jim Vena as replacement for CEO Lance Fritz A hedge fund, arguing that Union Pacific ranks dead last in every important operating metric, has asked the railroad’s board of directors to replace current CEO Lance Fritz with former Chief Operating Officer Jim Vena. […]

Union Pacific will replace rail CEO amid hedge fund pressure

By  JOSH FUNK The Associated Press Union Pacific announced plans Sunday to replace its CEO later this year after a hedge fund that holds a $1.6 billion stake in the railroad went public with its concerns about his leadership. The managing partner of Soroban Capital Partners, Eric Mandelblatt, said in a letter that the Omaha, […]

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