Digest: Short line association hails ruling on Illinois crew-size law

News Wire Digest fourth section for Oct. 19: CP, Maersk sign new agreement; CSX promotes Adams to senior vice president of sales
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Monday afternoon rail news:

ASLRRA hails court decision striking down Illinois crew-size law

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association is hailing a court decision striking down an Illinois law requiring two-man train crews. Judge Edmond E. Chang of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, ruled on Sept. 30 that the Federal Railroad Administration’s decision to withdraw a proposed crew-size rule is effectively a federal regulation, and as such, is a federal law that preempts the Illinois state law. ASLRRA President Chuck Baker calls the decision “a very compelling argument against the legitimacy of state minimum crew size laws” that could be shared with other states considering similar laws. He notes that the Illinois Commerce Commission and the unions that were defendants in the case brought by the Indiana Rail Road do have the right to appeal.

Canadian Pacific, Maersk sign multiyear agreement to move traffic through Vancouver, Montreal
Canadian Pacific has announced a multiyear agreement with shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world’s largest container-ship operator, to move freight through the ports of Vancouver and Montreal. The agreement follows an earlier announcement that the two companies would build a new transload and distribution facility in Vancouver, British Columbia [see “Digest: CP, Maersk announce plans for transload facility in Vancouver,” Trains News Wire, Sept. 15, 2020]. The agreement is expected to lead to CP moving both dry and refrigerated Maersk cargo as of March 1, 2021. “Today’s news coupled with the announcement of the Vancouver transload facility back in September are evidence of the power of our operating model, our people and of our shared commitment to sustainable growth,” CP CEO Keith Creel said in a press release.

CSX promotes Arthur Adams to senior vice president of sales
CSX Transportation has promoted Arthur Adams to senior vice president of sales, effective immediately. Adams joined CSX in 2007 and has served in positions of increasing responsibility in salse and marketing. He was most recently vice president of sales and supply chain solutions. “Arthur is an integral part of the CSX leadership team,” Mark Wallace, CSX executive vice president of sales and marketing, said in a press release. “His promotion reflects the value he brings to the Sales and Marketing organization as we execute our plan to grow the business by leveraging our superior service product.”

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