Lineas has doubled capacity on its intermodal trains in and out of Antwerpen from 2 600 to 5 300 containers per week to take traffic off the local road network during the Oosterweel road construction project.
The Canadian government has announced three projects totalling C$154m to increase capacity at the Port of Prince Rupert. A double-track bridge across the Zanardi Rapids would increase rail capacity allowing trains to arrive and depart simultaneously; the second project will reduce rail congestion to better serve the bulk and container facilities on Ridley Island; and the third will develop land for import and export facilities near the Fairview Terminal.
Barbara Wilson has been appointed President & Chief Financial Officer of RailUSA. She was previously President of leasing company Wells Fargo Rail. ‘Barbara’s expertise in strategic planning, financing, acquisitions and integrations in the rail sector, along with her strong reputation and relationships throughout the industry, are a great value add for RailUSA’, said Evan Harwood, director of the short line group. Meanwhile, Charles Hankerson has been promoted to Vice-President of Operations, and David Pope to General Manager of the Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad.
The American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association has announced that 60 members of the US Senate have gone on the record to support the BRACE Act S203. The Short Line Tax Credit of $0·50 for each private dollar spent on upgrades and maintenance up to a cap of $3 500 per track mile/year, has been renewed six times since 2005, but last expired in December 31 2017 and currently awaits extension.