New Mexico Rail Activity

Have covered  developing rail topics for quite a while, but never made a comment on New Mexico. Actually trying hard to remember if I ever rode a train through New Mexico.

New Mexico Rail Runner Express recorded 7.9 million riders in first eight years

The New Mexico Rail Runner Express celebrated its eighth anniversary by providing giveaways and free snacks to riders.

Agency officials noted that during its first eight years of operations, ridership rose to 7.9 million (as of June 1). Officials anticipate the agency will have transported its 8 millionth rider sometime this month, according to a press release.

Also during its first eight years, the Rail Runner Express accommodated 269,820 bicycle boardings; provided assistance to 38,815 passengers; and operated over 305 million passenger miles.

BNSF begins double-track project in New Mexico

 

BNSF Railway Co. recently launched work on a $68 million double-track project west of Vaughn, N.M.The Class I plans to build 9.3-mile second main track to eliminate one of only four remaining single-track sections on its Southern Transcon route between Chicago and Los Angeles. Grading work is under way and track construction is scheduled to start in early 2015, with the double track expected to enter service in mid-2015.

The additional capacity will improve velocity and enhance service along the Transcon — one of the railroad’s most important routes, BNSF officials said in a press release.

After the project is completed, only 25 miles of single track will remain on the route, including a 2.3-mile segment in Ft. Sumner, N.M., over the Pecos River, they said.

The project is part of BNSF’s $5 billion capital plan in 2014, of which $2.3 billion is budgeted to improve the railroad’s core network and related assets.

 

 

 

Can The United States Postal Service Be Saved?

Pictured above represents a Supply Chain Management Control Tower. Don’t expect to currently find one in back of your local post office. Look for lots of them at company called DHL which is the German Post Office.

Jim O’Reilly, writing in EBN, presented a very good discussion on saving the USPS.

Yes, his ideas are good and I encourage you to read his article. Other countries, like Canada, have postal cost problems and are following a deliberate path to shed unneeded buildings, cut home delivery, etc.

But out there is a winner: Germany, the owner of DHL Express, a division of the German Post Office.

 

The United States government, and the sometimes-awkward Congress have surprisingly “thought out of the box” a couple of times in the last forty years in a very successful way. First in 1976 with CONRAIL, then more recently with General Motors.

 

Now is the time to REALLY think out of the box! Let’s get all the great financial wizards on Wall Street together and engineer a buy-out of either Fed Ex or UPS. Maybe just convincing one of them to sell out their domestic division for some tantalizing “financial instruments” would be enough?

 

Now let’s at the same time solve the long-time problem of AMTRAK by bring back mail trains. Maybe we could pick up a couple of bankrupt airlines for a song to handle the REAL need for airmail (not all these 200 mile flights)

Little things like the postal pension can be thrown in with a massive restructuring of Social Security which the now-grateful Wall Street community will gladly help us with.