LNG: Too Close for New England Rails

New England is appropriately deemed “energy hungry,” but we have a lot to choose from on the menu.

LNG: Too Close for New England Rails

Strong resistance to new pipeline construction in New England and downstate New York has been touted as an opportunity to develop a robust LNG-by-rail “virtual pipeline” to bring Marcellus natural gas to “energy starved New England. Despite a 2020 Presidential directive and subsequent USDOT rulemaking to encourage LNG-by-rail to New England, the mode needle has […]

CSX: Revised Application Approved Schedule

CSX: Revised Application Approved Schedule

Complete procedural schedule as approved in STB Decision #4 By-date Action 30.July.2021 Effective date of Decision #4 19.August.2021 CSXT supplemental ENVIRONMENTAL information due 20.August.2021 Persons wishing to participate as a Party of Record filing due 27.August.2021 Petitions for waiver or clarification Descriptions of anticipated (including inconsistent) responsive applications filing due 30.August.2021 Applicants’ SAFETY INTEGRATION PLAN filed […]

CSX/PAR Sale: STB Decision #4 Accepts Application

Going forward, primary document to be called "Revised Application"

CSX/PAR Sale: STB Decision #4 Accepts Application

STB Decision No. 4 in STB Finance Docket No. 36472; Notice of Acceptance of Application and Related Filings; Issuance of Procedural Schedule. Click to read the Full Decision. Approved Schedule. Click to read the Full Decision, Approved Schedule.

Rail Contracts: Preparing for Rapid Inflation

Rail Contracts: Preparing for Rapid Inflation

This article was composed by Escalation Consultants utilizing data and information generated via the Rail Cost Control program, by Escalation Consultants, Inc. Prepare for the Impact of Rapid Inflation on Rail Rates and Escalation in Rail Contracts Rail contract escalation provisions will be impacted by big changes taking place in the overall economy, as well as […]

PAR Sale: Voorheesville NY Won’t Be Railroaded

PAR Sale: Voorheesville NY Won’t Be Railroaded

20.July.2021, Voorheesville NY – Literally at the tip of the Pan Am sale’s tail, the Village of Voorheesville is not going along quietly with the Grand Plans hatched in Jacksonville, Atlanta, and Billerica. The town east of Albany is slated in the CSX-NS Settlement Agreement to be the shortcut for NS’s daily 9000+ ft Premium […]

PAR Sale: CSX PAR Lines Operating Plan Detail Analysis, Part I

PAR Sale: CSX PAR Lines Operating Plan Detail Analysis, Part I

CSX PAR Lines Operating Plan Detail Analysis CSX’s Amended and Supplemented Application (01.July.2021) includes a 60-page Operating Plan, Verified by Jamie Boychuk. It includes a detailed analysis of current PAR System operating characteristics, regional CSX operating characteristics, and a projected synthesis of the two into a CSX regional divisions directly connected to the CSX national […]

AMTK/MBTA/MNR: CSX PAR Lines Passenger Strategy Details

Capital investments that CSXT will make in the currently under-resourced PAR System will contribute to service reliability of all Amtrak routes

AMTK/MBTA/MNR: CSX PAR Lines Passenger Strategy Details

Key points of the Verified Statement of Mr. Andy Daly, CSX Senior Director of Passenger Operations, edited from the CSX Amended and Supplemented Application: “[The] Proposed Transaction and the Related Transactions will not produce significant changes to the existing routes, patterns, or types of service for the PAR System, PAS, or CSXT, or redirect existing traffic over those […]

MC: New Bedford Parcel to Support Windfarms

Cannon Street Power Station will be developed to stage and support offshore wind energy projects

MC: New Bedford Parcel to Support Windfarms

14.July, New Bedford MA – The decommissioned Cannon Street Power Station will be developed to stage and support offshore wind energy projects, and possibly serve the New Bedford fishing fleet as an additional offloading site. The redevelopment plan is pending on the announced sale of nearly the entire site by Eversource Energy and Sprague Resources, […]

CSX: MA Rep. Neal Raps PAR Merger

Three of the region's highest traffic lines run through Rep. Neal's First Massachusetts District.

CSX: MA Rep. Neal Raps PAR Merger

09.July, Washington DC – U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts registered a strenuous complaint against the prospective CSX/PAR “merger.” In his letter to the STB, Neal casts numerous aspersions that CSX’s stewardship of the PAS lines running through his MA First District will degrade them beneath Pan Am’s standard. […]

NECR: VT Culvert Washout Days Before Amtrak Restart

2X normal precipitation fell in southern Vermont between 14.June and 13.July

NECR: VT Culvert Washout Days Before Amtrak Restart

13.July, Putney VT – At the end of a month in which double the average amount of precipitation fell in southern Vermont {Northeast Regional Climate Center}, a cast concrete culvert washed out, opening a ~40-ft wide gap beneath the NECR mainline, which remained intact above the gap. The culvert diverts water from the Mill Pond […]