New Public Policy Section for Rails & Ports

Combining Planning, Funding and Regulation from governments at local, state and National levels

A new “section” at Rails & Ports starting tonight offers a focus on news regarding government action affecting railroading.  See the tabbed area at the bottom of the home page.

Seth Moulton Introduces $205 Billion High-Speed Rail Bill

Bill Not Likely To Become Law, But Does Declare A Priority For Biden Infrastructure Focus.

Seth Moulton Introduces $205 Billion High-Speed Rail Bill

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 […]

Amtrak Takes CSX TO STB To Force New Passenger Service

Does Delayed New Orleans-Mobile Service Suggest Problems With Passenger Trains After CSX Takes Over Pan-Am?

Amtrak Takes CSX TO STB To Force New Passenger Service

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 […]

STB Merger Process 101

What is required for railroads to merge.

STB Merger Process 101

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 […]

CSX Files with STB To Acquire Pan-Am

Letter to Pan-Am Employees From Cyndi Scarano, Pan-Am Executive Vice President

CSX Files with STB To Acquire Pan-Am

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 […]

VRS: Atlantic Northeast Transportation Leaders of the Year

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.

VRS: Atlantic Northeast Transportation Leaders of the Year

“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 […]

CSOR: New Home Depot Distribution Center in Connecticut

FIRST CAR ARRIVES 28.DECEMBER

CSOR: New Home Depot Distribution Center in Connecticut

A second home depot distribution center in South Windsor Connecticut on the “Armory Branch” has been under construction for some months and two spur tracks constructed, one inside the building.  The first car (a single boxcar) was brought Monday December 28th by Connecticut Southern Railroad. The $50-million, 421,000-square-foot, 46 acre facility is the second in […]

Almost Ready For Amtrak To Burlington

Final Work Expected Finished In a Year

Almost Ready For Amtrak To Burlington

09.December, Montpelier VT – Vermont Agency of Transportation Rail & Aviation Director Dan Delabruere updated the Vermont Rail Council on the extension of Amtrak’s Ethan Allen route to Burlington. The project remains on schedule and the train is expected to begin early in 2022. “We had some CoVid delays, contractor issues, but not that bad. […]

Vermont AOT Emphasizes Commitment To Amtrak

Vermont AOT Emphasizes Commitment To Amtrak

09.December, Montpelier VT – At a meeting with the Vermont Rail Council, Vermont Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn emphasized the state’s commitment to Amtrak service, despite the current CoVid suspension. Flynn reflected on the seriousness of the virus and the rapidity of its spread as justification for the suspension and as an indication that the train […]

MBTA Approves Short-Term Service Cuts

PREVIOUS PLANS ADJUSTED BASED ON PUBLIC INPUT AND PERSISTENT LOW RIDERSHIP. CHANGES ARE IN EFFECT FOR FY2021 ONLY. FY2022 PROSPECTS WILL BE EVALUATED THIS COMING SPRING.

MBTA Approves Short-Term Service Cuts

14.December, Boston MA {MBTA Press Release, lightly edited} – Today the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) approved a series of revised short-term service changes for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) that incorporate recent public input and additional analysis of ridership. These service changes help match service levels with current and near-term low ridership demand […]