CII Seeks 2015 Connie Award Nominations

AJOT | February 26, 2015 | Intermodal

Deadline for nominations is May 1st, 2015. Nominations are also being sought for the Connie luncheon on December 7th, 2015 in Newark, NJ, with a deadline for nominations by August 1st, 2015. Read More »

Canada’s new rules could cost railways that cause forest fires

Reuters | February 25, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

Canada’s new rail safety legislation would make it possible for governments to recover costs from railways for any fire they cause, not just accidents that involve crude oil, said Transport Canada, a change that could force railways to pay millions in costs associated with forest fires. Read More »

CN says Teamsters-represented rail traffic controllers in Canada ratify new collective agreement

AJOT | February 25, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

CN announced that members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Rail Canada Traffic Controllers union have ratified a new labour agreement. The four-year agreement covers approximately 180 rail traffic controllers in Canada. Read More »

India to embark on rail investment splurge thanks to cheap oil

Reuters | February 25, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

India's decrepit state-run train services stand to receive at least a 25 percent boost in investment to over $9 billion, funded solely by falling fuel costs, according to officials familiar with a railway budget set to be unveiled. Read More »

Brazil truck strike grinds into 2nd week, access to main port cleared

Reuters | February 25, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

Truckers staged nearly 100 road blocks across Brazil's farm belt as protests stretched into their eighth day, though access to the country's biggest port was cleared after police clashed with protesters who had briefly halted traffic there. Read More »

ATA truck tonnage index jumped 1.2% in January

AJOT | February 25, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.2% in January, following a revised gain of 0.1% during the previous month. In January, the index equaled 135.7 (2000=100), an all-time high. Read More »

CN Rail reaches tentative deal with union, averting lockout

Reuters | February 24, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

Canada's biggest railway reached a last-minute tentative agreement with one of its unions on Monday, averting a lockout that threatened to delay imports from Asia and compound a U.S. West Coast port logjam. Read More »

Shell’s Washington rail project faces lengthy delay

Reuters | February 24, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

Royal Dutch Shell's proposed crude-by-rail project in Washington state has been put on hold pending environmental review, just days after a pair of oil train derailments caused huge fires in Canada and West Virginia. Read More »

Canada watchdog says 2013 CN derailment caused by rail defects

Reuters | February 24, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

A fiery Canadian National Railway Co derailment in Alberta in 2013 was caused by rail defects that were not detected in tests just two months before the incident, Canada's Transportation Safety Board said. Read More »

Reform agenda to make rail transportation safe

AJOT | February 24, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

The Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, a group of 32 unions representing transportation workers, released its 2015 agenda yesterday after meeting with administration officials and lawmakers over the weekend. One of its top priorities is rail safety, specifically moving forward on the expired Rail Safety Improvement Act (RSIA). Read More »

Truck strike crimps Brazil food, fuel supplies, soy exports

Reuters | February 24, 2015 | Intermodal | Road | Ports & Terminals

Truck drivers protesting high fuel prices for a seventh day interrupted supplies of diesel and raw materials across Brazil's farm belt and threatened to hold up grains exports at ports in the midst of a record harvest. Read More »

Southern California commuter train, truck collide, 51 hurt

Reuters | February 24, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

A Los Angeles-bound commuter train slammed into a tractor trailer stopped on the tracks in Oxnard, California during the morning rush hour, injuring 51 people, several critically, authorities said. Read More »

CSX says West Virginia rail line still shut after derailment

Reuters | February 24, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

A CSX Corp rail line in West Virginia remained shut following an explosive oil train derailment on Feb. 16 that damaged the roadbed and tracks, though the type of work required to return the line to service could be completed “in days”, a CSX spokeswoman said Tuesday. Read More »

White House: Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

Reuters | February 24, 2015 | Energy | Pipeline | Intermodal | Rail

President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed a Republican bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, the White House confirmed. Read More »

Intermodal Incentive Program announced to encourage container activity at the Port of Philadelphia

AJOT | February 24, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail | Ports & Terminals | Ports | Container Port

Philadelphia Regional Port Authority announces availability of State-Sponsored Intermodal Incentive Program to encourage container activity at the Port Of Philadelphia. Port also reports big gains in initial 2015 cargo activity. Read More »

Kimrad Transport rolls out SmartDrive across newly acquired fleet

PR Newswire | February 24, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- SmartDrive Systems, a leader in driving performance solutions that reduce collisions and improve fuel efficiency, today announced that Kimrad Transport, LP, a family-based regional cargo transporter of liquid asphalt, petroleum crude oil, and other liquid petrochemicals to various industries, doubled its implementation of SmartDrive's video-based safety program by adding the program to its recently acquired fleet equipment operating as Bulk Crude Transport, LLC. Kimrad chose to roll out the SmartDrive technology fleet-wide following notable improvements in collision frequency rate and safety score.

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CN negotiates tentative labour agreement with Unifor; CN withdraws lockout notice

AJOT | February 24, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) announced today that it has negotiated a tentative labour agreement with the Unifor union. As a result, CN has withdrawn its lockout notice to Unifor, which would have come effective at 2300 hours local time tonight in the absence of a settlement. Read More »

CNR, Unifor to resume talks as lockout looms

Reuters | February 23, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

Canadian National Railway said it was unable to reach full agreement on a negotiated settlement with Unifor, the union representing 4,800 of its mechanical, clerical and intermodal staff, and will resume talks. Read More »

Oil-by-rail shipments are playing Russian roulette

Reuters | February 23, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

Train derailments involving crude oil and ethanol in the United States will cost more than $18 billion over the next 20 years, according to an assessment by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Read More »

Cleanup continues after derailed CSX train spills oil

Reuters | February 23, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

A cleanup was continuing in the Kanawha River in West Virginia after an oil spill last week following the derailment of a CSX Corp train, though drinking water was not affected, the company and federal officials said. Read More »