HOUSATONIC RAILROAD AND METRO-NORTH COMMUTER RAIL (MTA) BRING STB INTO BEACON LINE DISPOSAL ISSUE
Editor’s Note: This article covers two related filings under STB Docket AB_1311: MNCR’s 08.February filing, and HRRC’s 12.February response. To lend clarity to our reporting of these proceedings, we begin with some particulars of the property: Ownership and operation The line does not carry revenue passenger service, but connects MNCR’s three Hudson-east commuter lines: the Hudson […]
24.January, North Grafton MA – Grafton & Upton received PNLX GP40-2L 9619 and PNLX MP20GP 2107, to perform contracted upgrades. Owner Precision Locomotive Leasing and Sales LLC is having cab signal and ASCES PTC systems installed. Rail Vehicles Technical Services is managing the installation at the G&U locomotive shop. The installation and validation for both […]
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 […]
Funds for major Norwalk River and Connecticut River projects on Metro-North and Amtrak
27, October-Washington DC–Two major bridge replacements in Connecticut will get USDOT ‘State of Good Repair’ grants, announced Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, replacing the Norwalk (“walk”) bridge on Metro-North and the Connecticut River bridge on Amtrak between Old Saybrook and Old Lyme. Both movable bridges are long-time priorities, prone to malfunction and their replacement will mean […]
Copper Rod Plant to Close, Taking 117 Manufacturing Jobs and ~2000 Carloads Out of the Connecticut Economy.
18 June, Norwich CT – Norwich, CT-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper Products, commonly also referred to by its former ownership, Phelps Dodge, will close its Wawecus Street plant. According to the required notice filed with the CT Department of Labor. The reason for the plant’s closing is a “dramatic downturn in business and economic uncertainty brought on by the […]
New Cars will Meet Expanding Demand with Improved Experience, Strategic Concept, State Funds. Siemens Favored for Supply.
12 June, Hartford CT – Interview with CDOT’s Richard Jankovich, Assistant Rail Administrator, by R&P Associate Editor Christopher Parker Stamford CT R&P: How Is The Hartford Line doing? RJ: Ridership on the Hartford line (separate from the Vermonter) went from 465,000 for 2018 to 730,000 in 2019 – an incredible increase. We’re very proud of it. […]
Expansive Safety-Kleen Site Upgrade to Install Rail as Primary Mode for Shipping Out Waste Oil for Refining.
22 October, New Haven CT – Safety-Kleen (a subsidiary of Clean Harbors, Inc) will completely rebuild and expand its current New Haven waste oil collection and transfer site to handle much higher volumes. The facility currently depends on trucks and barges to ship 3.3 million gallons of used motor oil annually to the company’s re-refineries. The […]
Brookfield/GWI Exemption Still Uncertain as BIP’s Belated “CFIUS Update” Filings Reveal that Foreign Investment Review has Only Just Begun. STB Keeps the Reins as 09/15 “Deadline” Passes Without a Decision.
27 September, Darien CT – The Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (BIP) acquisition of Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. continues to hang on STB approval of the exemption claimed in BIP’s 09.July Verified Notice of Exemption (“VNE”), and which the Board delayed in a 22.July Decision to allow for public comment. The submission deadline for comments and replies officially […]