The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a controversial rail yard near the Port of Los Angeles, setting the stage for possible court challenges, alleging violations of environmental and civil rights laws.
The proposal to build a staging center for trains hauling freight from the largest harbor complex in the nation has raised questions [...]
A possible alternative site for a controversial BNSF Railway project would not allow rails long enough to accommodate goods flow, among other defects, officials told Long Beach Harbor commissioners.
Harbor Commissioner Rich Dines placed an agenda item Monday discussing the use of Pier S, an abandoned oil field at the northeast side of Terminal Island, [...]
Officials Monday will discuss the possibility of Pier S as an alternative to BNSF Railway’s controversial proposal to build a railyard bordering West Long Beach and Wilmington neighborhoods.
Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Rich Dines said he placed the item on Monday’s board agenda at the request of West Long Beach residents who oppose the BNSF [...]
BNSF Railway’s net earnings rose 13.5 percent year-over-year from $2.97 billion in 2011 to $3.37 billion in 2012, Berkshire Hathaway reported.
Yearly revenue was $20.84 billion in 2012, increasing 6.6 percent from $19.55 billion in 2011.
BNSF will spend about $4 billion on the railroad in 2013, roughly double its depreciation charge, according to Berkshire [...]
The Railroad Workers United steering committee passed the following resolution on March 4, 2013:
RWU Resolution In Support of ILWU Local #4 Vancouver, Washington
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Whereas, on February 27th 2013, members of International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) were locked out of their jobs in Vancouver, [...]
Local transportation, environmental and labor interests, led by International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19, support the city’s attempt to attract professional basketball back to Seattle, but they want the arena to be constructed somewhere else.
The ILWU filed a lawsuit, charging that the city of Seattle and King County violated the State Environmental Policy [...]
Drought-induced high corn prices have increased wheat demand but decreased U.S. exports with wheat prices currently uncompetitive in the world market, an expert told hundreds of Montana grain growers Wednesday in Great Falls, the hub of state’s top wheat growing region.
“Really the story of wheat this year is about corn,” said Mike Wong, senior [...]
Rather than pit regions against each other, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell predicts USDOT would endorse projects aiding West Coast ports to increase their Asian trade, while competing against Canada and Mexico.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood chose Seattle’s Harbor Island on Thursday morning to announce creation of a Freight Policy Council. His goal is [...]
From a BNSF News Release:
BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) plans to invest an estimated $106 million on maintenance and rail capacity improvement and expansion projects in Washington this year.
BNSF’s 2012 capacity enhancement projects in Washington include the construction of a new lead to access the Port of Longview, as well as significant signal upgrades [...]
From Feed and Grain:
Cooperative’s partnership with the Port of Grays Harbor allows it to become the leading soy meal exporter on the West Coast.
On the shore of the estuarine bay of Grays Harbor in Aberdeen, WA, Ag Processing Inc.’s (AGP) new port terminal elevator sits only 12 miles away from the Pacific Ocean [...]
The ongoing political squabble over a proposed Sodo arena is threatening to derail a hard-fought agreement over an Eastside rails-to-trails project.
The Port of Seattle Commission voted 3-2 to delay the last piece of the deal: transferring 13 miles of an old BNSF Railway corridor to King County. Commissioners cited “issues of trust” with the [...]
A lawsuit brought on by eight shippers accusing the top four U.S. railroads of colluding to set fuel surcharges gained class action status recently.
The lawsuit accuses BNSF Railway, Union Pacific Railroad, Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX Transportation of conspiring to fix, raise, maintain or stabilize prices from mid-2003 until 2008. The shippers also allege [...]
Northwest rail routes by Columbian newspaper
1. CHERRY POINT: The Gateway Pacific Terminal could accommodate 54 million import/export tons of bulk commodities per year, largely coal exports. Status: Whatcom County, the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are preparing a joint environmental impact statement. Pros: Backers say it would [...]
Port of Seattle is located by major transportation arteries and two major sports stadiums.
The railroad serving the Port of Seattle is echoing concerns raised by the Port and the Seattle Mariners about the effects of adding a third sports venue in SODO.
In a letter to Seattle City Council President Sally Clark, [...]
From a BNSF Railway and Maersk Line news release:
Maersk Line announces a new Flagship import service direct from Asia to five key markets in North America — Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Memphis, and Northwest Ohio.
Maersk Line’s Flagship service offers five products: Chicago Flagship, Dallas Flagship, Houston Flagship, Memphis Flagship, and Northwest [...]