Pacific Surfliners to require reservations on four weekends; more could be added
Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner will require reservations for travel on peak weekends this suffer, a move to manage capacity when more travelers are anticipated. Four weekends have been designated for the reservation requirement — Memorial Day weekend (May 28-June 1), Fourth of July weekend (July 2-5), the opening weekend at Del Mar racetrack (July 16-19), and Labor Day weekend (Sept. 3-7). The program allowing use of Metrolink and Coaster on Pacific Surfliners will be suspended on most of these dates, although Amtrak monthly and 10-ride passes may still be used with a reservation. Additional dates could be added depending on travel demand. Visit the Pacific Surfliner site for more information.
BNSF to serve new Saskatchewan canola processing plant
BNSF Railway will serve a new $350 million canola processing facility to be built by Ceres Global Ag Corp. in Northgate, Saskatchewan. The new plant will be capable of processing 11 million metric tons of canola annually and refine over 500 metric tons of canola oil for food and fuel. The plant, just north of the border with North Dakota, is expected to be in operation by summer 2024. It will be built at an existing Ceres Northgate facility with a 2.7 million bushel shuttle loading grain elevator and two 120-car loop tracks. Ceres CEO Robert Day said in a press release that the location on the BNSF “provides the most efficient access to the U.S. market and U.S. ports” and that the existing facility provides “‘construction-ready infrastructure’ … shortening the timeline to complete this project.”
Jeng named as CFO of North Carolina Railroad
The North Carolina Railroad Co., the state-owned private corporation which manages a rail corridor of more than 300 miles used by state-supported Amtrak passenger service and Norfolk Southern freight trains, has named Michelle Jeng as as chief financial officer, effective June 21. Jeng previously served as CFO at the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority in Cincinnati. Railroad CEO Carl Warren said in a press release that Jeng “brings a wealth of experience ranging from financial strategy to leadership, and her expertise will play a significant role as we take a proactive approach to managing the unique North Carolina Railroad asset.”