Tag: NS

How Wall Street holds railroads hostage: Analysis

By Bill Stephens for trains.com Focus on operating ratio inhibits volume growth, hurts service, and prevents share gain from highway The U.S. Class I railroads’ recurring crew shortages, related bouts of service problems, and a lack of meaningful volume growth are intertwined. You can lay the blame for all three problems at just one place: […]

For House Rail Subcommittee, an Earful on Safety

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor for railwayage.com “Examining Freight Rail Safety” was the theme of a June 14 hearing of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. The aim: for members “to hear from government and stakeholder witnesses about the state of freight rail safety and issues […]

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 […]

STB seeks ways to quickly ease railroad service problems

Railroads say they’re working to address crew shortages, but shippers and rail labor blame Precision Scheduled Railroading for gutting rail capacity By Bill Stephens for trains.com There were more questions than answers on Tuesday as federal regulators sought ways to remedy railroad service problems that defy a quick fix because they are rooted in a […]

Amtrak Is Using Twitch To Fight Freight Railroads

CSX and Norfolk Southern are refusing to allow Amtrak to use a line between New Orleans and Mobile By Ryan Erik King for jalopnik.com Amtrak is hoping to restore passenger rail servicebetween Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana. The federally-owned company operated on the route until it discontinued operations after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Though, Amtrak […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

NS mandates vaccination, sues unions

By progressiverailroading.com Norfolk Southern Railway last week filed a lawsuit that seeks to stop several labor unions from suing over the Class I’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Last week, NS, represented by Jones Day, field a petition in Chicago federal court claiming the unions’ objections to the vaccine requirement must be brought in arbitration and not in […]

KCS, NS, UP evaluate hurricane damage

Posted by progressiverailroading.com Three Class Is are evaluating the impact Hurricane Ida has had on their operations in Louisiana and Mississippi. Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern Railwayand Union Pacific Railroad yesterday issued customer service advisories on how the storm is affecting service in the region. The hurricane made landfall along the Louisiana coast on Aug. 29. KCS’s mainline […]

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