UPSTART ROAD SALT DISTRIBUTOR USES RAIL TO PUSH OCEAN SALT INTO NORTHERN STATES
20.January, East Providence RI — A short string of covered hoppers headed out behind the P&W, loaded with salt drayed from Fall River MA, and bound for Shelburne VT — and on the way changing everything that’s known about sourcing road salt in New England. Upstart salt distributor Saltine Warrior has carved a new rail-based […]
Another e-commerce focused warehouse on Pan-Am, follows new facility in South Windsor CT, 3 older warehouses
01.April, Lowell MA – Another Home Depot e-commerce distribution center is under construction just south of Lowell, adjoining the Pan Am-served MBTA commuter rail Lowell line just south of I-495 The Lowell DC is the company’s fourth in southern New England, along with facilities in Bloomfield CT (near Hartford, served by Central New England RR), […]
Amtrak’s “plan” for expanded service is making the rounds and much attention is being given to the map, which is conveniently the only detail released. A closer look at the map reveals it is more like a compendium of existing advocacy efforts and preliminary conversations with states. To be sure, it is very welcome to […]
The comment period for the draft Vermont Rail Plan will close on 22.March at 0900 hrs. View the complete plan View the Executive Summary VTrans requests review of the Draft Plan, Executive Summary, and/or Technical Memos on the AOT website. You’ll find them under the Technical Memos, Reports, & Resources section. There are several ways […]
Bill Not Likely To Become Law, But Does Declare A Priority For Biden Infrastructure Focus.
Representative Seth Moulton (MA-06) introduced the American High-Speed Rail Act on March 11, which calls for investing $205 billion federal dollars into high-speed rail spread over 5 years ($41 billion a year). Representatives Brendan Boyle (PA-02), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), and Mike Doyle (PA-18) joined Moulton as original sponsors of the bill. Moulton is introducing the bill to influence the upcoming […]
Does Delayed New Orleans-Mobile Service Suggest Problems With Passenger Trains After CSX Takes Over Pan-Am?
After 5 years of discussions, Amtrak asked the Surface Transportation Board to Intervene with CSX and Norfolk Southern to force revived New Orleans – Mobile service to proceed. A 2017 letter to the Federal Railroad Administration from the Southern Rail Commission says that the actions of CSX “demonstrate what can only be understood as an […]
While railroads have been “deregulated” since the Staggers Act of 1980, mild government oversight does remain to protect public and shipper interests, overseen by the Surface Transportation Board (successor to the hated Interstate Commerce Commission that existed until 1996). Railroads are required to submit mergers for STB review. Any transaction is expected to demonstrate public […]
Letter to Pan-Am Employees From Cyndi Scarano, Pan-Am Executive Vice President
Dear Employees: Last night, CSX filed its application with the Surface Transportation Board for authority to acquire Pan Am. CSXT is pursing a minor transaction which, if permitted, would establish a timeline of approximately six months for STB review. This is a necessary Governmental part of the process. While we will not be in control […]
THE VRS TEAM STEPPED UP THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO KEEP THE REGION'S FREIGHT MOVING, SERVE CUSTOMERS, AND MAKE THE MOST OF ITS OWN OPPORTUNITIES.
“It’s been the most dynamic year in New England railroading in 30 years,” says VRS President Selden Houghton. Nobody who has been reading ANRP should have any problem agreeing with that sentiment, but VRS’s team of dedicated rail professionals knows it better than anyone else: VRS has been tied to most of the year’s tumultuous […]