CSX Files with STB To Acquire Pan-Am

Letter to Pan-Am Employees From Cyndi Scarano, Pan-Am Executive Vice President

CSX Files with STB To Acquire Pan-Am

Dear Employees: Last night, CSX filed its application with the Surface Transportation Board for authority to acquire Pan Am.  CSXT is pursing a minor transaction which, if permitted, would establish a timeline of approximately six months for STB review. This is a necessary Governmental part of the process.  While we will not be in control […]

FRA: Emergency Order Mandates Full-time Masking for Operations

FRA: Emergency Order Mandates Full-time Masking for Operations

24.February, Washington, DC – The Federal Railroad Administration issued Emergency Order No. 32, Notice No. 1, requiring face mask use in railroad operations. According to the order, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the FRA is issuing this emergency order (EO) to require compliance with the mask requirements of the Order […]

CSXT, CN: STB Derails Massena Line Deal

CSXT, CN: STB Derails Massena Line Deal

25.February, Washington, DC – After multiple delays and a period of silence, the STB issued a decision on 24.February denying reconsideration of the original conditional approval of the CN/B&LE acquisition of the CSXT Massena Line. On 6.April.2020 the STB authorized, subject to conditions, the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad Company, an indirect wholly owned rail […]

Transport Canada Revises Rules for Key Train Handling

FEDERAL AGENCY CODIFIES AD HOC MINISTERIAL ORDERS IN RESPONSE TO LAC MEGANTIC DISASTER AND ANTICIPATED CRUDE-BY-RAIL SURGE

Transport Canada Revises Rules for Key Train Handling

23.February, Ottawa ON – Transport Canada approved changes to the Rules Respecting Key Trains and Key Routes, as a measure to ensure the reliable transportation of dangerous goods by rail in colder weather, and the protection of both railway workers and those living near Canada’s rail corridors. These changes make permanent Ministerial Orders that were […]

NJDOT: Awards $29 Million for 2021 RFAP Projects

TEN PROJECTS WILL GENERATE TOTAL $52 MILLION IN WORK

NJDOT: Awards $29 Million for 2021 RFAP Projects

10.February, Trenton NJ – NJDOT granted 10 awards to fund projects in 19 counties throughout the state. The $29 million in state grants will leverage an additional $23 million from railroad owners and operators, bringing the total investment of these 10 projects to more than $52 million. Sponsor Project name County location Total prj cost […]

NECR: Renews West Lebanon Lease with NHDOT

NECR KEEPS CONTROL OF NH STATE-OWNED INDUSTRIAL TRACK OFF VRS WRJ

NECR: Renews West Lebanon Lease with NHDOT

01.February, West Lebanon, NH — New England Central (Genesee & Wyoming) will continue to deliver propane, cement, and salt into West Lebanon via the Northern Railroad Line, based on a 10-year lease renewal by the NH Department of Transportation, which owns the line. The West Lebanon property, part of the Claremont Concord Railroad (CCR) until […]

GU: Agrees to Land Terms with Town of Hopedale MA

EXPANDING RAILROAD AND INDUSTRY-WOUNDED TOWN FIND A MIDDLE PATH TO THE BENEFIT OF BOTH

GU: Agrees to Land Terms with Town of Hopedale MA

25.January, Hopedale MA — Grafton & Upton Railroad (as represented by associated entities) signed a Settlement Agreement with the Town of Hopedale to divide a ~130 acre property of undeveloped forest and wetlands recently acquired by the railroad. The Town Board of Selectmen voted to accept a mediation settlement that effectively splits the disputed property, […]

PennDOT: Awards $31.4 M for Rail Projects

AGENCY SPREADS FUNDS FROM TWO GRANT PROGRAMS TO GENERATE $45 MILLION TOTAL RAIL INVESTMENT ACROSS 25 COUNTIES.

PennDOT: Awards $31.4 M for Rail Projects

12.January, Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the State Transportation Commission’s approval of $31.3 million to support 25 rail freight improvement projects, under the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP). The grant programs require a 30% awardee match, adding an additional $13.4 million of private funds, yielding […]

PAR Sale: MA Western Delegation Letter Lists Concerns

FOURTEEN STATE LEGISLATORS LIST REGIONAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR SEC'Y POLLACK TO INSERT INTO PROSPECTIVE SALE

PAR Sale: MA Western Delegation Letter Lists Concerns

December 16, 2020 Stephanie Pollack Secretary of Transportation Massachusetts Department of Transportation 10 Park Plaza, Suite 4160 Boston, MA 02116   Dear Secretary Pollack: RE: Pam Am Railways Inc Acquisition by CSX Corp. On November 30, 2020, CSX Corp. (CSX) announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Pan Am Railways, Inc. (Pan […]

Vermont AOT Emphasizes Commitment To Amtrak

Vermont AOT Emphasizes Commitment To Amtrak

09.December, Montpelier VT – At a meeting with the Vermont Rail Council, Vermont Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn emphasized the state’s commitment to Amtrak service, despite the current CoVid suspension. Flynn reflected on the seriousness of the virus and the rapidity of its spread as justification for the suspension and as an indication that the train […]