Railroads CSX and CPKC will invest in connecting their networks to increase traffic in Southeast
CSX and CPKC railroads announced a deal Wednesday that will allow them to beef up a little-used connection between their two networks in the southeastern United States to handle a significant amount of freight.
Engineers frustrated with rails even as others get sick time
Tens of thousands of engineers remain frustrated with the lack of paid sick time and the demands railroads like BNSF are making in negotiations despite the progress that has been made this year with sick time deals for most of the other rail unions.
Man dies in crash when train spins, flips truck attempting to cross tracks with warning arms down: FHP
A man died Thursday night when the truck he was in was hit by a train on Market Street in Starke after trying to cross the railroad tracks while the warning arms were down, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
US rail industry defends safety record amid staffing cuts
Several major unions say the significant staff cuts railroads have made in recent years could jeopardize safety, but the major railroads say the new operating model they have adopted is simply helping them become more efficient and hasn’t made the railroads riskier.
Judge says railroad talks should be included in lawsuits
FILE- In this July 31, 2018, file photo a Union Pacific train travels through Union, Neb. – A federal judge has ruled that the details of conversations between the nation's four largest railroads should be included in lawsuits challenging billions of dollars of charges the railroads imposed in the past. The lawsuits say the railroads conspired to boost prices starting in 2003 by imposing coordinated fuel surcharges and pocketing billions of dollars in profits. In the lawsuits, the railroads have argued that their fuel surcharges were legal and were simply designed to recover the skyrocketing cost of fuel at the time. Union Pacific, which is based in Omaha, Nebraska, plans to continue “vigorously defending itself against the allegations in these lawsuits,” spokeswoman Elizabeth Graham said.
Woman drives around cross arms, hit by oncoming train
HILLIARD, Fla. – Railroad crossing arms and warning signals were going off on Andrews Road and U.S. 1 north in northern Nassau County when a 38-year-old woman continued to cross, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Her car was hit by a southbound CSX train around 4:44 p.m. Friday. Her sedan was pushed off the tracks into an electrical box off to the side. The woman died. The CSX train activated its emergency stopping protocolTroopers are looking into the incident and working to identify the Hillard woman.
CSX plans to buy regional railroad in northeastern U.S.
– CSX is acquiring a regional railroad in New England to bolster its network in the northeastern United States, but a rival railroad says the deal could hurt competition. If regulators approve the deal, CSX would also acquire Pan Am's partial ownership of a 600-mile joint venture with Norfolk Southern railroad called Pan Am Southern. Earlier this month, Norfolk Southern raised concerns about this deal with the Surface Transportation Board because it said allowing CSX to buy Pan Am could undermine competition between CSX and Norfolk Southern in the eastern United States. CSX already operates more than 21,000 miles (34,000 kilometers) of track in 23 Eastern states and two Canadian provinces. Norfolk Southern’s network of 19,500 miles of track covers much of the same territory as CSX in 22 Eastern states.
Railroads to renew push for one-man crews
- The biggest U.S. freight railroads appear ready to renew their push to reduce their crews to one person from the current two-man operation used at major railroads now. Labor agreements requiring two-person crews have been in place for roughly 30 years at the major railroads, although many short-line railroads operate with one-man crews already. Earlier this year, the Federal Railroad Administration abandoned a proposed rule to require two-man crews because it said there wasn't enough evidence to show they are safer. All the major railroads are required to have those systems operating by the end of 2020. The railroad industry has emphasized that crash data doesn't show that two-man crews are safer than one-person crews.
Rail Safety Week: How to stay safe around railroad tracks
With this being Rail Safety Week, people are being reminded it only takes a second to stop, look and listen. "Railroad crossings are the most visual crossings that you'll have," said Master Sgt. State troopers said one of the biggest problems they see are drivers stopping on the railroad tracks, which is illegal and dangerous. The Highway Patrol and CSX police are teaming up for Rail Safety Week and will be at numerous railroad intersections to educate drivers and pedestrians about the importance of following the law at railroad crossings, according to FHP. VIEW: Rail Safety Week tips for pedestrians and driversIf there is ever a problem or malfunction with the railroad crossing, people can call the number on the blue emergency notification signs located at every crossing area.
Nassau County railroad repair work to close crossings, neighborhood roads
NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. - Nassau County residents in the Callahan and Bryceville communities are upset about last-minute work being done to the CSX railways, which will close down the ways they get in and out of their neighborhoods. County leaders on Thursday shared a notice about temporary but necessary repairs to several railroad crossings to prevent future train derailments. "This is the first week back for Nassau County schools next week," McDonald said. CSX officials did not comment on camera, but a spokesperson sent News4Jax this statement:"CSX is conducting maintenance work on the companys rail line in Nassau County, Florida. Id like to see something done before Tuesday before this finally occurs.News4Jax attempted to contact Nassau County Manager Mike Mullen on Friday afternoon, but had not heard back as of the time of this story.
NTSB: Train crash that killed Orange Park man caused by safety oversights
An aerial view of the site of an early morning train crash Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, between an Amtrak train, bottom right, and a CSX freight train, top left, in Cayce, SC. COLUMBIA, S.C. - Federal safety officials ruled Tuesday yet another fatal train crash in the United States has been caused by easy-to-fix human errors. The National Transportation Safety Board determined the crash of an Amtrak train into a parked train on a side track near Columbia, South Carolina, in February 2018 was CSX's fault. CSX also plans to have Positive Train Control in place, tested and operational where required by the end of 2020, company spokeswoman Cindy Schild said. In the 2018 South Carolina crash, Amtrak engineer Michael Kempf, 54, of Savannah, Georgia, and conductor Michael Cella, 36, of Orange Park, Florida, were killed.
Deputies: Pedestrian hit & killed by CSX train in Lawtey
LAWTEY, Fla. - One person died Wednesday morning after they were hit by a CSX train in Lawtey, according to the Bradford County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office said the incident happened sometime in the late morning at a rail cross along County Road 125, shutting down traffic in the area for several hours. It wasn't immediately clear what led up to the train striking the unnamed pedestrian. Deputies said the circumstances of the crash remain under investigation. Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.