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Freight Rail

April 16, 2019, 11am PDT
Can freight trains and a scenic shoreline park along San Francisco Bay coexist, or are they incompatible uses? The East Bay Regional Park District voted to remove old rail tracks that BNSF Railway wants to reactivate. A local court may decide.
San Francisco Chronicle
April 11, 2019, 1pm PDT
The Big Apple may claim the nation's highest public transit ridership, but it ranks well below average in its use of freight rail. Two small short line railroads are at the center of a $100 million investment to reduce truck reliance.
The New York Times
March 3, 2019, 5am PST
Walmart will soon be seen side by side with CSX and BNSF.
Supply Chain DIve
August 30, 2018, 6am PDT
A plan to get a SEPTA Regional Rail link to Phoenixville in record time has its skeptics, but advocates are convinced they can make it happen.
PlanPhilly
August 14, 2018, 9am PDT
The temporary ban applies to bus and rail projects seeking funding from a number of FTA programs.
Eno Transportation Weekly
July 5, 2018, 5am PDT
About 20 million tons of freight moves through the Channel Tunnel between England and France every year. The process for moving that freight could vary depending on how Brexit goes down.
Quartz
June 14, 2018, 5am PDT
A new report by the American Association of Port Authorities makes the case for more funding toward port access infrastructure projects.
RailwayAge
April 23, 2017, 7am PDT
The California Air Resources Board has petitioned the U.S. EPA to adopt more stringent emissions standards for locomotives in order to improve air quality at rail yards, many of which are located adjacent to disadvantaged communities.
RailwayAge
April 13, 2017, 7am PDT
China's "One Belt, One Road" program to create a network of trade routes across Eurasia took a major step forward this week when a freight train bearing export goods disembarked from the United Kingdom bound for China's Zhejiang province.
Railway Gazette
March 10, 2017, 11am PST
Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers issues a report on the state of America's infrastructure, extensively cited by the media. This year's report, released March 9, shows no improvement over 2013's, but do check the subcategories
American Society Of Civil Engineers
April 11, 2016, 9am PDT
A private developer is pursuing a proposal that would invest $8 billion in a freight line in the Midwest.
Associated Press
August 29, 2015, 5am PDT
Instead of building a wall separating the United States and Mexico, officials from both countries celebrated the opening on Tuesday of the West Rail Bypass International Bridge.
USA Today
June 8, 2015, 7am PDT
A new report from the Congressional Budget Office places the spotlight on the trucking industry in terms of the social, health ,and environmental costs it imposes on society but does not pay for, i.e., externalities.
City Observatory City Commentary
May 5, 2015, 5am PDT
In a segment for WNYC, journalist Simon van Zuylen-Wood discusses Amtrak's current status as a "national embarrassment." Decades of lackluster investment, he argues, make it difficult to prove demand in the first place.
WNYC
November 11, 2014, 7am PST
The Post Office once used trains but no more, unlike the United Parcel Service (UPS). A new reports recommends that the Post Office return to their past, though not necessarily sorting the mail on the train like you might see in a rail museum.
Linns.com
October 18, 2014, 11am PDT
Safety would win hands down for passenger rail, but for-profit railroads have a bottom line to consider. Regulators have proposed reduced train speeds, opposed by railroads, to prevent fiery derailments that have resulted from shipping shale oil.
The Gazette
April 16, 2014, 7am PDT
According to a new EIA report, the cost advantages of liquefied natural gas make it an attractive alternative to diesel fuel for major U.S. freight railroad companies. Hybrid diesel-electric locomotives on order for 5 states will power HSR routes.
Progressive Railroading
January 14, 2014, 6am PST
Call it the Lac-Mégantic effect - the July 6 conflagration that leveled the downtown, killing 47 people, has implications for all jurisdictions where oil and freight trains run. Cities must recognize that rail insurance policies are woefully lacking.
The Wall Street Journal
March 28, 2013, 6am PDT
Freight rail is booming throughout the U.S. While shipping oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale basin has been a huge factor in the resurgence, Betsy Morris digs deeper and analyzes the surprising competition between road and rail.
The Wall Street Journal
July 25, 2012, 9am PDT
Winnie Hu reports on how the reopening of the 65th Street Rail Yard in Brooklyn last week is part of a wider, regional rail expansion effort that aims to revive the moribund industry in order to boost economic and environmental benefits.
The New York Times