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STB chair blasts Class I railroads for head count reductions

Subpar rail service interferes with US’ ability to compete internationally, Oberman says CHICAGO — The Class I railroads must increase their head count levels because doing so not only will bolster rail service but benefit the U.S. economy overall, Surface Transportation Board Chair Marty Oberman said to a crowd of rail shippers and rail employees […]

Analysis: Can U.S. railroads bounce back from a dismal decade?

By Bill Stephens for New management incentives for service and growth are an encouraging sign Well, this isn’t a pretty picture. From 2013 to 2022 U.S. industrial production eked out 3% growth, overall economic output increased 57%, and truck tonnage grew 26%. Yet volume on the big four U.S. railroads increased by an average of just 2% […]

Engineers frustrated with rails even as others get sick time

By JOSH FUNK for Tens of thousands of engineers remain frustrated with the lack of paid sick time and the demands railroads like BNSF are making in negotiations despite the deals that have been made this year for most of the other rail unions. The lack of sick time and other quality of life concerns about the demanding schedules train […]

CPKC announces deal with Knight-Swift to handle Mexico shipments

Service will connect Mexico to US and Canada for intermodal freight By Noi Mahoney for Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) railroad and Knight-Swift Transportation announced Tuesday a deal to provide truckload capacity for a Mexico-to-Chicago cross-border train that will launch in mid-May.  It’s the second major multiyear agreement CPKC has signed with a megacarrier […]

CPKC railroad announces deal to handle Mexico shipments

By JOSH FUNK For The Canadian Pacific Kansas City railroad announced its first big business win Friday — a week after completing its long-planned merger — with a multiyear agreement to handle the Schneider National trucking company’s rail shipments to and from Mexico starting in mid May. The deal provides that CPKC will become Schneider’s preferred […]

NTSB investigating crash of two Union Pacific trains in Texas

Two people were hurt when a freight train crashed into another on a siding about 70 miles northwest of Dallas The National Transportation Safety Board said it was investigating a Sunday crash between two Union Pacific trains in Texas that left two crew members injured. A freight train traveling south hit an unoccupied train on […]

Editorial: Protect railroad workers against retaliation for taking sick time 

By  The Seattle Times editorial board State and federal governments recently have focused on ways to make the nation’s railways safer after a series of derailments, from East Palestine, Ohio, to Swinomish, left communities concerned about their own safety.  One way Washington lawmakers can help the situation is by passing ESSB 5267, currently in the […]

FRA issues safety advisory on train makeup issues

Agency cites concerns over how trains are built as a factor in several derailments The Federal Railroad Administration on Friday issued a safety advisory calling on railroads to address potential safety risks resulting from the structure of long freight trains, saying it has “noticed a rising trend in recent incidents where train build and makeup […] for Carman Adam Maggard

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CSX becomes first railroad to reach sick time deal with conductors’ union

By Bill Stephens For JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — CSX Transportation has reached a tentative agreement with the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers-Transportation Division B&O union to provide trainmen and conductors with paid sick leave benefits. Pending ratification by SMART-TD B&O members, the agreement will increase the number of CSX operating employees with paid […]

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