STB-Ordered Comment Period Closes. Nearly All Filings Relate to Continuation of P&W Trail Project and Excursions. Finance Expert Warns Brookfield Misrepresents its Status, Intentions, and History.
21 August – Following the STB’s 22 July decision to delay granting a control exemption1 to Brookfield Asset Partners/DJP XX ( the latter is the company set up by Brookfield to acquire the GWI acquisition – Ed.), multiple comments have been filed by groups and individuals. Of the 106 railroads that G&W operates in the United States, […]
MASSDOT Launches 2020 IRAP VII Program. Total Available Funding "Up To" $3 Million. Stricter Emphasis on Project Readiness and Shorter Timelines are the Major Program Upgrades. Applications Due by 29 August.
29 July, Boston MA – The seventh round of Industrial Rail Access Program funding follows the same general principles of recent years. IRAP funds can be applied to up to 60% of a project’s total costs, and the maximum per-project award is $500,000. Eligible applicants include host municipalities, economic development corporations, freight railroads operating in the Commonwealth, […]
PAR/BM Was Fined $20,000 for Failing to Prevent Trespassing on Undeveloped Property on Gardner Branch Line, Governed by Prior MASSDEP "Notice of Activity and Use Limitation."
(From the Environmental Resource Center website) : 23 July, Worcester MA – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed a $20,000 penalty to Pan Am Railways, Inc. and Boston and Maine Corporation for environmental violations at the railroad facility at 150 Millbrook Street, Worcester. In a consent order finalized with MassDEP, the companies admitted that they failed […]
By 26 Votes, House Amends H.R. 3055 Omnibus Appropriations Bill to Thwart DOT Action on Railing LNG. New England Delegation Almost Uniform in Rejecting Presidential Initiative to Reduce Region's Highest-in-Nation Electricity Costs.
(The political branding fad may have jumped the shark in the debate over transporting liquified natural gas (LNG) by rail. “Bomb Train” was coined by some witty fellow in the wake of the 2013 Lac Megantic CBR disaster; “Freedom Gas” has entered the language only in the last month by a poetic U.S. Dept. of […]
17 June, Boston MA – MASSDOT Approves Five-Year $18.3 Billion Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). State-Owned Freight Lines Slated for $69 Million in 2020 Improvements. Adams Branch 2020: $690,000 Berkshire Line 2020: $7,660,000 Cape Main Line 2020: $8,640,000 Conn River Line 2020: $11,990,000 Dean Street Industrial 2020: $170,000 Deerfield Yard 2020: $1,000,000 Fall River Secondary 2020: $80,000 […]
Last “Light” Stretch of NECR Line Will Get $30 Million Treatment of CWR, Ties/Ballast, and Bridge Fixes to Achieve End-To-End 286k Capacity
11 December, Central MA – MassDOT’s Closing the Gap in New England project was awarded $10,800,000 to be combined with $19.2 million in matching funds  to complete the Quebec-to-New London line 286K capacity upgrade. The project includes the installation of approximately 31 miles of CWR, replacement of approximately 20,000 ties, thousands of yards of ballast, and strengthening approximately 20 bridges […]