Norfolk Southern Corp. issued its fifth annual corporate sustainability report, documenting progress on the railroad's efforts to reduce its business impacts on the environment.
Arc Terminals LP and Canadian National are working together to build a rail tank car unloading terminal in Mobile, Ala., to handle Western Canadian heavy and Bakken light crude oils destined to Gulf Coast refineries.
The CN-served facility, which will have a maximum crude-oil handling capacity of 75,000 barrels or up to 120 tank cars per day, is scheduled to start operation by June 2013. Initial volume is expected to be 40 tank cars of crude oil daily, increasing according to demand.
John Blanchard, president of Arc Terminals, said, "The Mobile facility, the first rail tank car crude-oil unloading terminal in Alabama, will provide good access to Gulf Coast refineries and allow quick turnaround of tank cars, increasing product delivery and fleet velocity and reducing costs for car owners.
"The rail transload terminal will handle heavy crude oil from Western Canada and light crude oil from the Bakken basin via CN, which will provide Canadian producers single-haul service to our Mobile destination. A single-line haul is more efficient and less expensive than those involving two or more rail carriers and multiple terminal switching."
The Mobile terminal will also load condensate into tank cars for backhaul by CN to Western Canadian oil producers.
In addition, it will be able to accommodate both general purpose and insulated and coiled cars, compared with other facilities capable of handling only general-purpose tank cars.
Jean-Jacques Ruest, CN executive vice president and chief marketing officer, said, "We are pleased to be an important supply chain partner for Arc Terminals. CN is focused on making its crude-oil customers more competitive and giving them access to markets with good net-backs. Crude oil by rail is one of CN's fastest growing businesses. We expect to move in excess of 30,000 carloads in 2012 and we believe we have the scope to double this business next year."
The Blakeley terminal has a storage capacity of 700,000 barrels for crude, fuel oil and asphalt. Terminal capacity could be expanded to more than one million barrels to meet potential future demand.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool say a tentative agreement with multiple CTA trade unions has been made and will provide the agency more flexibility for CTA construction and maintenance work and realize more than $6.5 million in cost savings.
The recovery effort from Hurricane Sandy will be a monumental affair that will last weeks, if not months.
The Columbus and Greenville Railway (CAGY), was recently named Shortline of the Year at BNSF 's annual Shortline Conference held last month in Irving, Texas.
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit's (BART) all-time ridership record was broken Oct. 31, with 568,061 exits reported.
BNSF named Steve Bobb executive vice president and chief marketing officer, with responsibility for BNSF's sales, marketing, customer service, economic development and business unit activities. He succeeds John Lanigan, who has decided to retire effective Jan. 15, 2013.
Stella-Jones Inc. has signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire the shares of McFarland Cascade Holdings, Inc., a provider of treated wood products based in the state of Washington.
Union Pacific plans to enhance Illinois' transportation infrastructure by investing $5.4 million in the rail line that runs between North Lake and Northbrook.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission directing Norfolk Southern to install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates in Summit County.