Stuart Chirls, Senior Editor

Stuart Chirls, Senior Editor

Stuart Chirls previously worked as digital editor for the Journal of Commerce covering container shipping, railroads, logistics, policy and global trade. He has extensively reported on manufacturing, retailing, import/export, equity markets and other business subjects for the New York Daily News, the New York Times Co. and Standard & Poor’s. He also worked in a start-up supply chain unit of chemical producer BASF. He began his journalism career writing about sports for the Star-Ledger in New Jersey. Chirls holds a B.A. in English from Tulane University.

Monday, 12 February 2018 15:25

CSX bumps up dividend, share buyback

CSX Corporation announced that its Board of Directors authorized a 10% increase in its quarterly dividend along with an increase to the current share repurchase program, to $5 billion.

Monday, 12 February 2018 13:35

SunRail selects Wabtec for PTC

Wabtec Corporation announced it has signed a contract worth about $62 million to design, install, test and commission Positive Train Control (PTC) for the Central Florida Rail Corridor, which operates the SunRail commuter rail service.

The Association of American Railroads today said it supports President Trump’s efforts to begin the process of developing infrastructure legislation.

Railway Age is now accepting entries for its annual Short Line/Regional Railroad of the Year competition. Short lines and regionals—and there are more than 600 of them—are invited to submit entries describing outstanding achievement in one or a combination of areas.

Sunday, 11 February 2018 14:55

Acting FRA chief Hall resigns

Heath Hall, the acting administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, the nation’s rail safety watchdog, resigned Feb. 11 amid allegations that he was working a second job as a public relations consultant.

Friday, 09 February 2018 11:06

Genesee & Wyoming sees improvement in 2018

Short line operator Genesee & Wyoming said North America operating revenues in the fourth quarter decreased 0.6% to $320.2 million from $322.2 million for the year-ago period, as freight-related revenues declined $11.5 million, partially offset by an increase of $9.3 million in freight revenues.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 14:17

Avante offers rail visibility safety solutions

Avante International Technology has developed a series of patented and patent-pending systems for rail visibility and safety, which are cost- effective in implementation without interfering with daily operations of trains. Avante’s Switch-Point Monitoring System provides supplementary and independent monitoring of switch point positions to central command and oncoming trains within three to six miles.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 12:28

Carloads fall despite economic gains

In January, U.S. railroads originated 1,217,405 carloads, down 3.4% from the same month in 2017, and 1,310,141 containers and trailers, up 3.5%, according to the Association of American Railroads. Combined U.S. carload and intermodal originations were 2,527,546, up 0.1% from January 2017.

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 13:07

Record invest for BNSF rail freight development

BNSF Railway Company saw another record year – nearly $7.7 billion –worth of investment from customers served by freight rail in 2017.

A judge in Philadelphia on Tuesday reinstated criminal charges against the engineer in the fatal 2015 derailment of Amtrak Northeast Regional train 188 that killed eight passengers and injured more than 150.

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