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 […]

CP: Lac–Mégantic By-Pass Completion Set for 2023

CP: Lac–Mégantic By-Pass Completion Set for 2023

11.May – LAC-MÉGANTIC, QC – Today, Canada’s Minister of Transport, the Honorable Omar Alghabra, and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Soraya Martinez Ferrara, announced that the Government of Canada intends to complete the rail bypass project around downtown Lac–Mégantic in 2023. A press release indicates that a number of milestones have been […]

CP: Hapag Lloyd Adds Saint John to Weekly Service

CP: Hapag Lloyd Adds Saint John to Weekly Service

2.May – Saint John NB –  The agreement announced by Canadian Pacific and Hapag Lloyd in late 2020 is now firmly in place via a notice to customers made Wednesday, 28.April, about the startup of a weekly container service on rotation from the Mediterranean to Saint John, New Brunswick. Inbound cargo will utilize the geographic […]

CP/CMQ: Pleasant River Lumber Puts $25M into Maine Operations

CP/CMQ: Pleasant River Lumber Puts $25M into Maine Operations

30.April, Dover-Foxcroft ME – A strong lumber market is leading Pleasant River Lumber Co. to invest $25 million over the next three years in four Maine facilities. When completed, the projects will enhance PRL’s production capacity to ~400 million board feet through its five Maine mills. Rail has traditionally been a vital transportation component for […]

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 […]

CSX: Pan Am Sale Filing Being ‘Perfected’ Before Presentation to STB

CSX: Pan Am Sale Filing Being ‘Perfected’ Before Presentation to STB

26.April, Washington DC – The Surface Transportation Board invited public comments on the proposed procedural schedule for the sale of Pan Am Railways/Pan Am Southern. In the STB Decision No. 1 on the original filing for the sale, served and published on 25.March, the Board accepted the February 25 submission as a prefiling notification, thus […]