Month: November 2021

Union Pacific asks regulators to delay, extend review of CP-KCS merger

Chemical shippers also seek longer comment period By Bill Stephens for WASHINGTON – Union Pacific has asked federal regulators to delay and extend their review of the proposed merger of Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern. UP wants the Surface Transportation Board to treat the CP-KCS merger application as if it were filed on […]

Norfolk Southern service deteriorates amid crew shortages

By Bill Stephens for Railroad steps up hiring efforts in tight job market ATLANTA — Norfolk Southern’s service has deteriorated over the past six weeks amid crew shortages and operational changes, according to shippers and connecting railroads. Some expressed concern that the railroad is teetering on the brink of a meltdown as train speed falls, […]

Railroads fight with unions in court over vaccine mandates

Another major railroad has gone to court to determine whether it has the authority to require all its employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus By JOSH FUNK AP Business Writer for OMAHA, Neb. — Another major railroad has gone to court to determine whether it has the authority to require all its employees […]

The perils of precision scheduled railroading

‘Many things go undetected and it’s starting to show’ By Joanna Marsh for Although almost all of the Class I railroads have been deploying precision scheduled railroading (PSR), an operational model that seeks to streamline operations, for several years already, a number of issues keep the debate over its value alive. The railroads have argued that […]

Richard F. Nelson 1937-2021

Richard F. Nelson age 84 of Clinton, Iowa, passed away Wednesday Nov. 3, 2021 at his daughter’s home in Sioux City, Iowa. Funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Monday Nov. 8th at the Pape Funeral Home, Clinton. Visitation will be held Monday 10:00 AM until the service hour at the Pape Funeral Home. Burial […]

STB allows Minnesota shipper’s complaint against Union Pacific to proceed

Filing alleges reduced service violates railroad’s common carrier obligation Published by WASHINGTON — The Surface Transportation Board will allow a Minnesota company to proceed with its complaint against Union Pacific that alleges service reductions by the railroad violate UP’s common carrier obligation and constitute unreasonable practices. In a decision issued Tuesday, the board granted […]

Family sues Union Pacific, City of Houston over teen’s cancer death

By Briana Zamora-Nipper, Community Associate Producer for A Houston woman filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Union Pacific Railroad and the City of Houston over her nephew’s death from leukemia. After battling leukemia for five years, her nephew Corinthian Giles died in July 2021 at age 13. On Wednesday, Latonya Payne, the teen’s legal […]

Rail regulators should continue 40 years of success, not return to failed policies

BY STEVE POCIASK, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR for The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill Over the last four decades, the railroad industry’s productivity has increased 159 percent and real prices of ship goods have plummeted 44 percent. Why? In large part thanks to reforms passed by a […]

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November 2021