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  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 15- The union for 20,000 dockworkers and a group of their employers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports say they are making slow but steady progress in months-long contract talks seen by the shipping industry as a contributing factor in chronic cargo backups. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association,...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 14- For the past 18 months, Americans from Albany to Oregon have voiced growing alarm over the rising number of oil-laden freight trains coursing through their cities, a trend they fear is endangering public safety. The public assistance in states like New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma and Oregon comes as railroads are posting record profits, and...

  • FACTBOX-Taxpayers help subsidize oil-by-rail boom Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Granting Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation Amount: $10 million Year: 2013 Recipient: South Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Description: Used to separate a CSX freight and commuter line that became crowded as demand for crude by rail grew in the Philadelphia area. Granting Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation Amount: $6.6 million...

  • Berkshire Hathaway acquiring Charter Brokerage Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 5:29 PM ET

    Warren Buffett's firm Berkshire Hathaway says it is acquiring logistics company Charter Brokerage from private equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. owns companies in industries including utilities and energy, freight rail transportation and insurance. Class B shares of Omaha, Nebraska- based Berkshire fell 2.4 percent to close...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 8- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided on Monday as it considered whether Amtrak, the government-owned passenger rail company, wields too much clout in setting regulations that private freight carriers also must follow. The nine justices heard arguments in a challenge by the Association of American Railroads to a federal law that gives...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 8- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday appeared divided as it weighed whether Amtrak, the government-owned passenger rail company, has too much sway over setting regulations that private freight carriers must follow. The nine justices heard oral arguments in a challenge by the Association of American Railroads to a federal law that gives Amtrak, a...

  • Canada rail safety jobs vacant as budget cuts bite Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    Rail safety is in focus with the boom in oil shipments and a spate of derailments across North America, and the vacancies create a safety risk, industry experts and Canada's public engineers' union say. The chair of the Transportation Safety Board, Kathy Fox, says there is risk of a spill as long as the government fails to address its oversight weaknesses and...

  • How to play planes, trains and crude  Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 7:42 AM ET

    Discussing the industrial resurgence in America, and the top transport players to invest in, with Donald Broughton, Avondale Partners.

  • OTTAWA, Nov 26- The measures announced by Canada this year to boost the safety of shipping oil by rail are a good first step but more must be done, the new head of the country's Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday. Kathy Fox, new chairwoman of the independent federal agency, said Canada and the United States must agree on tougher standards for tanker cars...

  • Amtrak will operate through Thanksgiving storm: CEO Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 1:24 PM ET
    File photo: An Amtrak worker walks along the tracks after checking for debris beneath the train

    Amtrak plans to move holiday travelers through a snowstorm forecast to hit the East Coast, but the system needs investment badly, said its CEO, Joseph Boardman.

  • Making trains profitable again: Amtrak CEO  Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 8:16 AM ET

    The U.S. is not making the investment in infrastructure, says Joseph Boardman, Amtrak president & CEO, discussing how to make trains profitable.

  • Amtrak CEO: Ridership demand increasing  Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 8:10 AM ET

    Joseph Boardman, Amtrak president & CEO, discusses the increase in train ridership amid a deteriorating infrastructure in the U.S.

  • NEW YORK/ CALGARY, Nov 12- BNSF Railroad, the Warren Buffett-owned firm that has benefited most from the North Dakota shale boom, has told some customers that they can't add new oil tank-cars to its system until next year, according to two people familiar with the matter. Preventing shippers from putting more rail cars onto the network may help prevent overloading...

  • Crude collapse: Planes, trains & autos  Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 2:23 PM ET

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau and Morgan Brennan take a look at how shifting prices in crude oil are impacting planes, trains and automobiles.

  • No way to run a railroad! Amtrak's woes deepen Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 11:38 AM ET
    Amtrak train pulls into the train station at Emeryville, California.

    As more goods travel by rail, Amtrak and other railway systems are seeing mounting collateral damage: gridlock.

  • Transports chug to new highs  Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 6:54 AM ET

    Jason Seidl, Cowen & Company, provides perspective on what's driving transports higher as oil prices slide lower.

  • Norfolk Southern CEO: Have growth potential without M&A  Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 4:35 PM ET

    Charles "Wick" Moorman, Norfolk Southern CEO, explains why he doesn't think the industry needs more mergers to have a bright and compelling future.

  • UPDATE 1-CN Rail earnings up on higher volumes Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 4:40 PM ET

    TORONTO, Oct 21- Canadian National Railway Co reported higher third-quarter earnings on Tuesday as revenue jumped on higher freight volumes. Net income rose to C $853 million, or C $1.04 a share, from C $705 million, or C $0.84 a share, a year earlier. Analysts had been expecting earnings of C $1.05 a share on revenue of C $3.14 billion, according to Thomson Reuters...

  • TORONTO, Oct 21- Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd is still open to a merger with one of the two bigger eastern U.S. carriers even after talks with CSX Corp failed, though a hostile bid is unlikely, Chief Executive Hunter Harrison said on Thursday. Norfolk Southern Corp is the other of the two bigger U.S. railways based east of Chicago. Without mentioning Norfolk Southern...

  • Oct 20- Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd said on Monday that it had ended talks to buy CSX Corp and that the two companies planned no further discussions, sending shares of the No. 3 U.S. railroad operator down more than 3 percent. Neither side had confirmed the talks, initially reported by the Wall Street Journal a week ago. However, analysts had said service problems...