VRS: The Great Opportunity

VRS: The Great Opportunity

Vermont Rail Systems and the Vermont Transportation Agency have raised some of the most  serious objections to the proposed “merger” of PAR into CSX. Their primary concern is that, if G&W subsidiary Berkshire & Eastern is to be the operator of PAS, VRS will be “surrounded,” by G&W railroads at six of its seven gateways […]

PAR Sale: CSX EVP Wallace Statement on Markets

Rail share of freight tons handled in New England is just over 3%, considerably below the national average of 8%.

PAR Sale: CSX EVP Wallace Statement on Markets

(Among the many new sections in the Amended and Supplemented Application is a detailed review of PAR-line marketing prospects by recently-appointed CSX EVP Mark Wallace, presented as a Verified Statement. This article intends to gather the key excerpts from the Verified Statement. – Ed.) CSXT’s Executive Vice President Mark Wallace’s marketing plan touches upon CSXT’s […]

PAR Sale: Seeing the Fundamental Issue

Giving New England's Class III railroads a stake in the revitalized rail network is not incompatible with CSX's strategic objective to complete a northeast land bridge between Port of Saint John NB and the interior.

PAR Sale: Seeing the Fundamental Issue

On 25.May, the STB gave CSX a second Incomplete grade for its Application to acquire Pan Am Railways, forcing CSX to attend summer school and develop a third iteration of the Application to merge with Pan Am Railways. Will it yield the charm this proposed transaction desperately needs? The Board’s explanation of the ruling provides […]

AMTK: Warns CSX Threatens Passenger Prospects

AMTK: Warns CSX Threatens Passenger Prospects

04.June, Washington DC – Amtrak’s CEO Bill Flynn released a strongly-worded statement, reiterating the national passenger carrier’s objections to proposed transaction that will give CSX control of PAR properties and rights throughout New England. The statement is a reminder of the several serious concerns that Amtrak detailed in its 17.May STB filing, “Notice of Intent […]

CSX: We Ask, How’s It Going to Work?

CSX: We Ask, How’s It Going to Work?

03.June, Worcester MA – A prominent CSX spokesperson provided responses to five ANRP questions submitted last month, and one asked last week. This dialogue will continue as the Pan Am acquisition process progresses. ANRP has been working to understand and report on how today’s CSX would conduct itself as New England’s dominant carrier. Specifically, we […]

CSX: Chessie at the Bat

With apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer, author of "Casey at the Bat."

CSX: Chessie at the Bat

The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Jaxville line that day; Applicants stood Oh-for-two with one last chance to play. When Minor hit ground in the yard, and Amended did the same, Applicants finally realized that, perhaps they held the blame. The Clippers were a last-place team atop a weak division, Aghast at their misery’s furtherance […]

G&W: Haulage Rights Offered To Vermont Rail System

G&W Filing for Pan-Am Southern Attempts to maintain competitive access for Vermont Rail System

G&W: Haulage Rights Offered To Vermont Rail System

On April 27th, CSX filed their revised bid for Pan-Am with the Surface Transportation Board in conjunction with a separate application Genesee & Wyoming to assume operation of Pan-Am Southern. This transaction reduces Vermont Rail System connecting carriers from 3 to 2. Certain markets (including the critical connections to CSX and NS) effectively go from […]

Be Honest about what ‘High-Speed-Rail’ Is (or isn’t)

I know you all likely think I’m nuts, but words matter.  Over-selling and calling “high-speed rail” something that is NOT “high-speed rail” is damaging to the cause of improving passenger rail, be it upgrading the existing Amtrak service or actually joining the rest of the modern world by building high speed rail. Selling either is […]

NEARS: CP’s Keith Creel Chats

NEARS: CP’s Keith Creel Chats

28.April, NEARS Spring 2021 Virtual Conference – In a Fireside Chat hosted by Cowen & Company’s Jason Seidl, Keith Creel discussed CP’s purpose and strategy regarding its bid for KCS, and addressed New England-oriented audience questions posed by Atlantic Northeast Rails & Ports. Key takeaways: CP is not going to get in to a bidding […]

NEARS: Shippers Panel Pulls No Punches

NEARS: Shippers Panel Pulls No Punches

28.April, NEARS 2021 Virtual Conference –  NEARS President Dennis Wilmot moderated DuPont Category Manager Dwight Price and US Rail & Logistics’ CEO Wes Adkins in a candid discussion of the current rail service environment from the shipper’s perspective. Key takeaways: “Just move my stuff. We shouldn’t have to keep figuring it out. And yet we […]