Category: News

Union Pacific Railroad and Schneider to Team Up for Intermodal Service in 2023

Via the Associated Press Union Pacific Railroad is pleased to announce it will be the primary intermodal rail transportation provider in the western U.S. for Schneider effective January 2023. The partnership creates seamless service and reliability between the railroad and Schneider, which provides the critical “first and last miles” of the supply chain. “Schneider’s Intermodal business […]

Analysis: We need transcontinental railroad mergers

Uniting East and West would give rail traffic a boost and make railroads better competitors against trucks. By Bill Stephens for trains.com Railroads fall short of trucks in so many ways. The inability to offer seamless service from Point A to Point B shouldn’t be among them. But the Surface Transportation Board has said, in […]

Confirmed: Amit Bose Federal Railroad Administrator

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor for railwayage.com Amit Bose on Jan. 12 was confirmed as the 15th Federal Railroad Administrator in a 68-29 Senate vote.  He was nominated by President Joe Biden on April 22, 2021, to lead the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), succeeding Ronald L. (Ron) Batory. Batory, who was sworn in Feb. 28, 2018, stepped down […]

Bill filed to tackle trains blocking railroad crossings issue in Birmingham metro area

PAT BYINGTON for bhamnow.com 01/17/22 Alabama Representative Danny Garrett from Trussville has introduced legislation prohibiting trains from blocking railroad crossings continuously for two or more hours. The bill—HB 122—was filed last week in response to reports across the Birmingham metro area of trains blocking intersections for lengthy periods of time, causing traffic problems and potential […]

‘It’s ugly out there’: Rail thefts leave tracks littered with pilfered packages

BY RACHEL URANGA, IRFAN KHAN, RICHARD WINTON for latimes.com The scene was a stretch of railroad tracks in Lincoln Heights on Saturday: a blizzard of torn plastic wrappers, cardboard boxes and paper packaging attesting to a wave of rail car thievery that officials say has been on the rise in recent months. Several scavengers picked […]

These are the 17 worst companies to work for in America

Whether it’s a toxic culture or abysmal pay, the message is clear: Stay away. By Serah Louis for moneywise.com Nov. 18, 2021 Even if you wake up every morning dreading the start of your work day, you might still count yourself lucky that you don’t work for one of these employers. We’ve compiled a list […]

Ex-chairman: STB should consider benefits of reciprocal switching

Reciprocal switching could help with system efficiency, Daniel Elliott says By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com Reciprocal switching occurs when a shipper has access to one freight railroad but wants access to a nearby competing freight railroad in order to cultivate a competitive pricing environment. President Joe Biden via a July executive ordercharged Surface Transportation Board Chairman […]

NRC Conference to feature UP’s Fritz, presentations from all Class I railroads

Annual event for rail contractors provides look at 2022 capital plans Article published by trains.com Union Pacific CEO Lance Fritz will be the featured guest speaker and all seven Class I railroads are scheduled to outline capital spending plans for the year at the 2022 National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association Conference set for this […]

Amtrak faces some holiday cancellations

Severe weather, staff shortages are culprits By Bob Johnston for trains.com WASHINGTON — Although airlines cancelled thousands of flights, resulting in horror stories for stranded travelers, Amtrak was mostly able to keep its trains running during the Christmas-New Year holiday period. There were some cancellations, though. While booked passengers were asked via email or text […]

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