According to data from the Surface Transportation Safety Board, Class 1 railroad employment rose in August to its highest level since December 2020.
For the most part, the employment story at U.S. railroads during the past couple of years has been dismal. The words fear, layoff, furlough, cut, and fire have peppered nearly all news stories on the subject. PSR “adjustments” and Covid have mostly driven the reduction in the workforce.
After over a year of continuous declines in Class 1 railroad employment, two things happened in February 2021.
For nearly a year, RT&S and other news outlets have reported continuous annual and monthly declines in rail employment. As the pandemic has impacted business activity and PSR has resulted in the
It should come as no surprise that Class 1 rail employment posted another drop in June. The double whammy of the pre-pandemic recession and COVID-19 lockdowns has stifled economic activity, and the
Since before the worldwide pandemic hit, rail employment levels had been shrinking for many months. Declining traffic volume, especially reductions in coal movements, were considered the key culprits. Now, add the horrific
FreightWaves is reporting that railroad employment in the United States, which has been falling continuously during the past year, continues to nosedive. January 2020 saw a 12.4 percent decrease in employment compared
FreightWaves is reporting that Class 1 rail employment in December 2019, 131,486 workers, was the lowest number since January 2012. This data was provided by the Surface Transportation Board. These numbers represent
Freightwaves is reporting that Surface Transportation Board data indicates that November 2019 Class 1 employment totals were 133,225, or 10.6% lower than November 2018.
According to Surface Transportation Board statistics, the total number of railroad employees dropped from 148,171 in September 2018 to 136,865 in September 2019. That is 11,306 fewer employees, or -7.63% year over year.
Train and engine employment on major U.S. railroads climbed by almost 7.5 percent in March 2011 to 62,627, versus March 2010, according to U.S. Surface Transportation Board data.
The 7.47 percent increase in train and engine employment is more than double the increase in any other craft.
The total Class 1 workforce totaled almost 156,000 in mid-March 2011, up almost 4.5 percent from March 2010.
The increased headcount reflects the rise in carloadings, especially intermodal, and an economy climbing out of recession.
The choices for a proposed Sound Transit light rail line are being reduced.
The SEPTA board has approved the purchase of land for the King of Prussia line project.
The Chicago Region Environment and Transportation Efficiency Program (CREATE) partners announced that $70 million in federal funds will soon be on the way to Chicago, allowing for a $170 million project to modernize a 2-mile stretch of rail lines that provide a critical connection for freight moving across the Chicago region.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) Board of Directors has certified the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIR/EIS) and approved the approximately 43-mile project for the San Francisco-to-San Jose section.
DART is working on a 26-mile Silver Line project that will traverse seven cities between DFW Airport, Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrllton, Addison, Richardson, and Plano, and line will feature 10 new stations.
The engineering firm STV announced it has signed a contract to support the Florida DOT’s commuter rail operation SunRail in the agency’s Phase 2 North project.
CSX announced that it is outsourcing nearly 140 information technology jobs to a company based in India.
Florida officials announced that the central Florida region has received a grant award of up to $15,875,000 in federal funding from the U.S. DOT’s Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Grant Program.
SEPTA has released its Request for Proposals (RFP) for the final design phase of the King of Prussia Rail (KOP Rail) Project.