September, 2009 - jstagl - Editors' Posts - MyProgressiveRailroading
    • 24 Sep 2009

    Grabbing a TIGER by the tail

    To say there’s stiff competition among states, municipal authorities and ports for federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants is an understatement. I’ve learned the U.S. Department of Transportation received more than 1,000 — and perhaps as many as 1,500 — applications for the grants by the Sept. 15 deadline. [Note: the USDOT announced on Sept. 25 that it received...
    • 16 Sep 2009

    BNSF seeks 'Best Way' to operate facilities

    Name a railroad that isn’t trying to find the best way to get things done these days. BNSF Railway Co. sure is, and the Class I even has a no-brainer name for its overriding initiative — "Best Way." Launched about two years ago at Argentine Yard in Kansas City, Kan., Best Way calls for developing, testing and implementing principles aimed at standardizing processes at terminals, yards and shops so...
    • 10 Sep 2009

    Riverport Railroad on path to tap service-provider potential

    Riverport Railroad L.L.C. has spent more than four years and more than $8 million to complete the first phase of rail infrastructure improvements and capacity upgrades at Savanna Depot Park, its home in Savanna, Ill. Now, the 55-mile short line is ready to spend another $10 million to begin the second phase. The switching and terminal railroad plans to build a rail-car, trailer and container cleaning and washing facility;...
    • 3 Sep 2009

    Grand Canyon Railway is ISO compliant in a grand way

    Anyone who believes tourist railroads aren’t sophisticated operations hasn’t heard about the Grand Canyon Railway (GCR) . The railroad recently obtained ISO 14001 third-party certification for its environmental management system (EMS), becoming the first U.S. tourist railroad to attain the certification. ISO 14001 is an international EMS standard governed by the International Organization for Standardization...