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Is Class 1 rail employment growing?

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.

Railroad employment continues to shrink

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

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U.S. rail employment continues to nosedive

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

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Rail employment drops again in December

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

T&E employment up 7.47 percent in March

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.

View from the front of the train of the new light rail tunnel under downtown L.A. (Metro photo)

LA Metro Sets Opening Date for Regional Connector

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) on May 22 announced that the $1.8 billion Regional Connector transit project, which will take riders from Azusa to Long Beach and from East L.A. to Santa Monica on one train, will officially open to the public on June 16.

NTSB Identifies Probable Cause in 2021 Worker Fatality in Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued Railroad Investigation Report 23/04 for the investigation of an accident on Sept. 22, 2021, involving an equipment operator who was struck and killed by a load of steel he was transporting by a roadway maintenance machine near Castroville, Texas.

CPKC Merger Approved – Updated March 17

As widely expected, the Surface Transportation Board has approved, with certain conditions, Canadian Pacific’s acquisition of Kansas City Southern to form Canadian Pacific Kansas City, North America’s first transnational railroad.

RSI, REMSA, RTA Study: “Power of the Rail Supply Industry”

The Railway Supply Institute (RSI), Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) and Railway Tie Association (RTA) have issued Rail Supply Industry: Manufacturing and Services Keeping the American Economy on Track, their latest major economic impact study, which “quantifies the economic