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  • CHICAGO, Jan 7- Armed with lessons learned from last year's polar vortex, the U.S. transportation and shipping network faces its first big test of the winter this week as harsh cold and dangerous wind chills buffet the Plains to the East Coast. Snow blanketed much of the eastern United States, with lake-enhanced accumulations of more than a foot in northwest...

  • Transports selloff in focus   Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | 4:07 PM ET
    Transports selloff in focus

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports on the selloff in the Dow transports, and what slowing oil production could mean for companies exposed to it.

  • Russia's growing list of problems Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 | 8:34 PM ET
    Vladimir Putin

    The Russian railway's death toll is part of life under Putin, as the country sometimes fails to provide basic infrastructure despite prospering over the past 14 years.

  • UPDATE 1-Russia may fail to supply wheat to Egypt in Jan Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 4:49 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 24- Russia may fail to supply wheat to Egypt's state buyer GASC in January as its exports have been effectively suspended by informal government curbs, Arkady Zlochevsky, the head of Russia's Grain Union, said on Wednesday. Russia's government imposed informal curbs with tougher quality monitoring and limits on railroad loadings earlier this...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 17- Negotiators for shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports remain far from a deal with union dockworkers after seven months of contract talks, the companies said on Wednesday, again blaming the union for waterfront cargo slowdowns. The Pacific Maritime Association statement came a day before the companies were slated...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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
    How to play planes, trains and crude

    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
    Making trains profitable again: Amtrak CEO

    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
    Amtrak CEO:  Ridership demand increasing

    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
    Crude collapse: Planes, trains & autos

    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
    Transports chug to new highs

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