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News May 21, 2015
FRA Instructs Amtrak to Take Immediate Actions on NEC
Following the derailment of Amtrak Train 188 in Philadelphia on May 12th, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has instructed Amtrak to immediately take several actions to improve safety on its Northeast Corridor (NEC). Read more
NS’ Purchase of Delaware & Hudson South Lines Approved
Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NS) has received approval from the Surface Transportation Board for the acquisition of the Delaware & Hudson Railway Company, Inc. (D&H) South Lines. Read more
AAR’s Hamberger Speaks at Hearing on Staggers Act
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger spoke at the recent hearing held by the U.S. House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials on the effect of deregulation under the Staggers Rail Act on the U.S. freight rail industry. Read more
Weekly U.S. Rail Traffic Declines
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 16, 2015, totaled 549,199 carloads and intermodal units, a drop of 2.9 percent compared to the same week in 2014. Read more
NS CEO Moorman Addresses Annual Meeting
Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman spoke recently at the company’s annual meeting, his last as CEO, saying that Norfolk Southern sees continuing strength in the economy and opportunities in the markets it serves. Read more
CSX’s Eliasson Reviews 2015 Expectations
At the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2015 Transportation Conference in Boston, CSX CFO Fredrik Eliasson discussed the company’s second quarter volume and earnings projections. Read more
Oregon’s Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Makes First Run
Oregon Governor Kate Brown joined U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and other officials on the first ride on the Portland-Milwaukie light rail, which will be the future MAX Orange Line. Read more
All Aboard Florida Selects Archer Western to Begin Rail Construction
All Aboard Florida has selected the construction management firm of Archer Western to improve rail infrastructure on the new 66-mile passenger rail corridor between Miami and West Palm Beach, which is scheduled to open for passenger rail service in early 2017. Read more
VIA Rail Sees Increased Revenue
VIA Rail Canada, the Canadian national rail passenger service, has reported increased revenues in its 2014 annual report, with total revenues increasing 3.7 percent to $280.3 million. Read more
Just Published
The Third Quarter 2015 edition (Vol. 121, No. 3) of The Pocket List will be shipped soon to subscribers in print and digital formats. Highlights include:
  • Major updates for executive and purchasing contacts at Arkansas Midland R.R. Co., Inc., CSX Transportation Inc., The Indiana & Ohio Railway, Kansas City Southern, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit;
  • Key listing changes from railway industry suppliers, including L.B. Foster Company, The Greenbrier Companies, and Iron Horse Engineering Co., Inc.;
  • New supplier listing for GAI Consultants, Inc., an engineering, planning, environmental and economic consulting firm that offers systems integration and operation, project oversight and management, hardware selection and integration, and factory and field oversight. 

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