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Chip Knowlton joins HDR as infrastructure consulting business transformation director

With more than 30 years advising industry leaders, Chip Knowlton has joined HDR as infrastructure consulting business transformation director.


Watco chosen by Port of Corpus Christi to provide rail service

The Port of Corpus Christi and Watco have announced the signing of a ten-year contract for Watco to become the operator of the short line railroad servicing the Port of Corpus Christi.

Editorial: ESG–Worthwhile or a waste of time?

ESG is one of the latest business acronyms. If you haven’t run across it yet, you will soon.

Illinois investing in rail improvements

The Illinois Commerce Commission announced a couple of upcoming grade crossing protection projects in the state.

Recently opened Carolina Connector helping to bolster supply chain

Just a few months after opening, the Carolina Connector intermodal transportation facility is already making a dent in the supply chain issue.


NTSB issues final report on 2020 Watco employee death

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its final report on the 2020 death of an employee of the Decatur & Eastern Illinois Railroad, a Watco railroad.

Shift5 Raises $50M in Series B Round to secure operational technology in critical transportation and weapon systems

Shift5 is a cybersecurity company specializing in protecting significant national security systems in the United States. The CEO of Shift5, Josh Lospinoso, recently joined Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William Vantuono and others for a cybersecurity webinar.

FRA slots track safety symposium

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is holding its first-ever Track & Roadway Workplace Safety Symposium on April 5-7 at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in Missouri; attendance is free.

RELAM announces new rental location near Sacramento, Ca.

RELAM, Inc., recently announced a new MoW equipment rental location near Sacramento, Ca..

Steffanie Vagnozzi joins Edna A. Rice Executive Recruiters, Inc.

Edna A. Rice Executive Recruiters announced that Steffanie Vagnozzi has joined the company’s team as Executive Recruiter effective February 1, 2022.

U.S. Sen. Hickenlooper tours EVRAZ NA

NRC Member EVRAZ NA hosted Senator Hickenlooper for a tour of EVRAZ Pueblo.

S.D. will guide its way through big future funds for railroad infrastructure

South Dakota’s four-year railroad plan will come with its own guide.

NTSB continues to press worker safety message

The National Transportation Safety Board has communicated significant concern about railroad worker safety.


Supreme Court blocks Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccination and testing mandate

While this is not a typical RT&S story, we want to ensure that our readers are aware of the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to block the Biden administration’s mandate that large employers (i.e., those employing more than 100 people) must require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

NRC names Chuck Baker, Mike Choat and Stan Herzog to its hall of fame

The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) inducted three railway industry leaders into it Hall of Fame on January 7, 2022, at its annual conference in Phoenix.

Reciprocal switching returns to Surface Transportation Board (STB) agenda

While this is not a topic RT&S would normally cover, the debate over reciprocal or “competitive” switching has been brewing for years, and all members of the rail and rail supply & maintenance industries should be aware of it.

Digital transformation and rail – news and commentary

The railroad industry is becoming more digital each day.


STB Grants approval for Watco acquisitions in Wisconsin and Michigan

The Surface Transportation Board issued a decision granting approval for exemptions sought by Watco Holdings, Inc., and two of its subsidiaries (collectively, Watco) in the acquisition of approximately 652 miles of rail line in Wisconsin and Michigan from Wisconsin Central Ltd. (WCL), which is controlled by Canadian National Railway Company.

Michigan DOT announces rail-highway grade crossing surface repair award recipients for 2022

As part of the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) commitment to improving safety and the quality of Michigan’s transportation system, MDOT has announced the recipients for the sixth annual Local Grade Crossing Surface Program.

San Pedro train engineer pleads guilty to terrorism charge for intentionally derailing locomotive near U.S. Navy hospital ship

A train engineer at the Port of Los Angeles has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge for running a locomotive at full speed off the end of railroad tracks near a United States Navy hospital ship that was deployed to provide medical relief during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.