These approximately 550 small businesses play a vital role in the hub-and-spoke transportation network, often providing the first-mile/last-mile connection between farmers and manufacturers and the ultimate consumer.
Taken together, short line railroads operate 50,000 miles of track or nearly 40 percent of the national railroad network and handle in origination or destination one out of every four rail cars moving on the national system. They have grown from 8,000 miles of track in 1980 to 50,000 miles today. They operate in nearly every U.S. state, literally serving every corner of the country from the forests, to the heartland to the coal fields. In five states short lines operate 100 percent of the state’s total rail network, and in 15 states they operate more than 50 percent of the railroad network. Short lines haul a wide range of goods, including chemicals, food products, aggregates and intermodal.
The CAF Group has secured two new contracts in Germany, further attesting to its commitment to the country.
Alstom has signed an agreement with Vossloh Locomotives to equip 50 of their DE 18 freight locomotives with its on-board signalling solution.
The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has extended GTR’s Emergency Recovery Measures Agreement (ERMA) until 31 March 2022.
The ORR has launched the 2023 Periodic Review – the process for determining the funding needed for Britain’s rail network from 2024-2029.
Deutsche Bahn has brought forward its deadline for achieving climate-neutrality by ten years, with 2040 as the new target date.
Scotland's Levenmouth rail link to be double tracked and electrified says Scottish Government Transport Minister Graeme Dey.
Webuild and US subsidiary Lane Construction have signed the final agreement to build the US’ first true high-speed railway.