Low Interest Rates Prompt Capital Spending on Highways
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont on April 16th led the Connecticut State Bond Commission to approve $340 million in special capital spending, funded with new bonds (despite a previous debt diet pledge) for a variety of highway projects, tens of millions of affordable housing, state buildings and $55 million in funds to dredge and develop the […]
New 100lb/ rail on Cog Railway to replace 25lb rail. Conway Scenic refinances dome car.
The Mount Washington Cog Railway and Conway Scenic Railroad are beneficiaries of loans from the New Hampshire Class III Railroads and Cog Railroads Revolving Loan Fund. The New Hampshire Executive Council voted yesterday to approve the loans. The Cog Railway project benefiting from a $1.2 million loan will lay new 100lb (per yard) modern rail […]
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 […]
23.April – MONTREAL QC – The Port of Montreal Longshoremen have given a 72-hour notice for an indefinite strike beginning on Monday, 26.April to the Maritime Employers Association (MEA). The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local (CUPE) 375, which represents over 1,100 longshoremen at Montreal’s port, said the full strike came as a response to […]
UPSTART ROAD SALT DISTRIBUTOR USES RAIL TO PUSH OCEAN SALT INTO NORTHERN STATES
20.January, East Providence RI — A short string of covered hoppers headed out behind the P&W, loaded with salt drayed from Fall River MA, and bound for Shelburne VT — and on the way changing everything that’s known about sourcing road salt in New England. Upstart salt distributor Saltine Warrior has carved a new rail-based […]
Another e-commerce focused warehouse on Pan-Am, follows new facility in South Windsor CT, 3 older warehouses
01.April, Lowell MA – Another Home Depot e-commerce distribution center is under construction just south of Lowell, adjoining the Pan Am-served MBTA commuter rail Lowell line just south of I-495 The Lowell DC is the company’s fourth in southern New England, along with facilities in Bloomfield CT (near Hartford, served by Central New England RR), […]
The comment period for the draft Vermont Rail Plan will close on 22.March at 0900 hrs. View the complete plan View the Executive Summary VTrans requests review of the Draft Plan, Executive Summary, and/or Technical Memos on the AOT website. You’ll find them under the Technical Memos, Reports, & Resources section. There are several ways […]
Bill Not Likely To Become Law, But Does Declare A Priority For Biden Infrastructure Focus.
Representative Seth Moulton (MA-06) introduced the American High-Speed Rail Act on March 11, which calls for investing $205 billion federal dollars into high-speed rail spread over 5 years ($41 billion a year). Representatives Brendan Boyle (PA-02), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), and Mike Doyle (PA-18) joined Moulton as original sponsors of the bill. Moulton is introducing the bill to influence the upcoming […]
Does Delayed New Orleans-Mobile Service Suggest Problems With Passenger Trains After CSX Takes Over Pan-Am?
After 5 years of discussions, Amtrak asked the Surface Transportation Board to Intervene with CSX and Norfolk Southern to force revived New Orleans – Mobile service to proceed. A 2017 letter to the Federal Railroad Administration from the Southern Rail Commission says that the actions of CSX “demonstrate what can only be understood as an […]
While railroads have been “deregulated” since the Staggers Act of 1980, mild government oversight does remain to protect public and shipper interests, overseen by the Surface Transportation Board (successor to the hated Interstate Commerce Commission that existed until 1996). Railroads are required to submit mergers for STB review. Any transaction is expected to demonstrate public […]