Montana transportation – RTLMT http://rtlmt.org/ Fri, 15 Oct 2021 12:05:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://rtlmt.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/cropped-icon-1-32x32.png Montana transportation – RTLMT http://rtlmt.org/ 32 32 Amtrak Line Restoration Would Generate $ 271 Million Annually https://rtlmt.org/amtrak-line-restoration-would-generate-271-million-annually/ Fri, 15 Oct 2021 12:05:34 +0000 https://rtlmt.org/amtrak-line-restoration-would-generate-271-million-annually/ © Shutterstock According to a restoration plan drafted by the Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority, a regional rail authority in Montana, restoring daily Amtrak service on the North Coast Hiawatha line would potentially generate $ 271 million per year in economic benefits for the seven states served by line. “With some of the best ridership […]]]>

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According to a restoration plan drafted by the Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority, a regional rail authority in Montana, restoring daily Amtrak service on the North Coast Hiawatha line would potentially generate $ 271 million per year in economic benefits for the seven states served by line.

“With some of the best ridership on long-haul roads in the country and projected economic benefits of over $ 270 million per year between Chicago and Seattle, this route would be economically and socially transformative for urban, rural and tribal communities. Montana and throughout the Great Northwest Region, ”said Dave Strohmaier, chairman of the authority.

The restored line would cost Amtrak about $ 68 million a year to operate, according to the authority.

Once the line is fully operational, up to 426,000 passengers could take it each year, according to a research note from the Rail Passengers Association. This includes up to 29,000 new passengers who would not travel at all if the train did not exist.

The bipartisan infrastructure bill debated in Congress would allow the US Department of Transportation to assess all options for restoring service on multiple disrupted long-distance routes.

Big Sky asked the Rail Passengers Association to re-examine a 2009 restoration study prepared by Amtrak and assess the magnitude of the economic benefits of restored passenger service.


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MT makes transport adjustments – The Record Herald https://rtlmt.org/mt-makes-transport-adjustments-the-record-herald/ Wed, 13 Oct 2021 19:44:02 +0000 https://rtlmt.org/mt-makes-transport-adjustments-the-record-herald/ A common concern heard across Ohio this school year is the lack of transportation for students. One of the districts struggling with transportation is Miami Trace’s local schools, and several local entities have tried to help. The transportation shortage was not caused by understaffing, according to Miami Trace Superintendent Kim Pittser. Pittser explained via email, […]]]>

A common concern heard across Ohio this school year is the lack of transportation for students. One of the districts struggling with transportation is Miami Trace’s local schools, and several local entities have tried to help.

The transportation shortage was not caused by understaffing, according to Miami Trace Superintendent Kim Pittser.

Pittser explained via email, “We have been blessed here at Miami Trace with a full transport staff. However, the timing of a multitude of factors has impacted our recent struggle. While COVID has hit our driver group hard, we also have several drivers absent for other health-related reasons. “

Households in the district had to find alternative ways for students to travel to school rather than by bus, be patient with bus changes, or find ways to keep students safe at home for the day. due to cancellation of transport.

MT Transport Manager Joni Daniels-Blouse explained the steps the district is taking to reduce the impact of transport shortages: “Our first step was to implement the buddy system. In this system, a bus route is scattered among other routes, delaying the pick-up and / or drop-off times for students. Another step used was to consolidate one of our routes. We have reassigned students to other routes on a permanent basis. Finally, we were forced to cancel a few routes; However, our goal with itinerary cancellations is to communicate in advance so that we can seek parent transportation if possible. “

Pittser added, “Our parents have been phenomenal during this difficult time. When route cancellations had to be announced, our goal was to do so in advance in the hope that parents could transport if possible, and they did. About 70% of affected students went to school every day. Those who were unable to do so were given work and had electronic access with staff through email and google class. Moreover, the day was not counted of their presence. We are extremely grateful for this understanding and support from our parents and guardians. “

According to the T1 state report that the district performs each year, Daniels said it typically carries around 1,300 students. Although the number varies by grade level, the average number of students that can be transported by bus is 77.

“Being the fourth largest land district in Ohio, our buses cover a lot of ground. Every day we travel to Florida and back in mileage. We have a total of 29 bus lines and four van lines. It takes a lot of hands in the garage and behind the wheels to operate on a daily basis, and we will continue to do all we can to get the students to school. We appreciate everyone’s support, ”Daniels wrote.

Daniels explained that she has been in her job for 11 years and that transportation has never been so difficult before.

“In September, we posted a total of four drivers. So far we’ve hired two of the four and we’re still working on winning the other two, ”Daniels wrote. “Once we have them and a few of our current drivers return, we should be back to our normal capacity. However, when we look at the big picture on a national scale, we still need to keep an eye on things. “

Pittser explained, “The calls and contacts received from partners in our community have been manifold, and we are grateful to organizations willing to brainstorm with us and share the criteria for driver certification and recruitment. Last Friday, Dr Tom Bailey (Director of Schools for the City of Washington Court House) also contacted by phone to offer assistance where possible. Our districts are currently trying to work things out taking into account contractual obligations. In a neighborhood with our daily travel expectations, we greatly appreciate this collaboration and the support of all. “

Miami Trace begins fall vacation today – a day ahead of schedule. Today will henceforth be considered a “day of calamity”. The school board has approved up to five days of calamity to be used this school year before make-up time is needed. The students will not be in session today and Friday, which was already planned as a non-school day for the fall vacation.

“We hope the transportation service will return to normal capacity the week of October 18,” Pittser said.

Contact reporter Jennifer Woods at 740-313-0355.

Pittser: “A multitude of factors impacted our recent struggle”


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City Council: District 2 race pits tax skeptic against transport defender https://rtlmt.org/city-council-district-2-race-pits-tax-skeptic-against-transport-defender/ Wed, 13 Oct 2021 15:40:29 +0000 https://rtlmt.org/city-council-district-2-race-pits-tax-skeptic-against-transport-defender/ Missoula City Council holder Jordan Hess, left, and challenger Rebecca Dawson discuss taxes and other issues as candidates for Ward 2. Voters in Ward 2 will have a choice of two candidates for Missoula city council in November, including a transport expert and climate advocate, and a Bitterroot native and mother who believes the city’s […]]]>
Missoula City Council holder Jordan Hess, left, and challenger Rebecca Dawson discuss taxes and other issues as candidates for Ward 2.

Voters in Ward 2 will have a choice of two candidates for Missoula city council in November, including a transport expert and climate advocate, and a Bitterroot native and mother who believes the city’s spending is out of control.

Jordan Hess, director of transportation at the University of Montana, is running for his third term on the board and is challenged by political newcomer Rebecca Dawson. The two discussed their vision for downtown Missoula, taxes and obligations at a forum hosted by the Downtown Missoula Partnership on Tuesday.

Dawson, who grew up in the Bitterroot, moved and relocated to Missoula, joined several other candidates to run on a tax accountability platform.

“Over the next two years my taxes were astronomical,” Dawson said. “When we bought our house (in Missoula) we had a certain budget in mind and every year that budget had to change because of property taxes. “

This, she says, is the main reason she runs.

“I would love to see fiscal responsibility brought back to Missoula,” she said. “I know property taxes are only part of our municipal government. But if we can spend this money more wisely, we may be able to avoid tax increases in the future. “

Like many candidates showing up on a fiscal responsibility platform in the area this year, Dawson didn’t say where she thinks savings could be made, or what she sees as irresponsible spending.

However, she developed the many general duty bonds adopted by voters in Missoula in recent years. These include a new library, schools, open space, Mountain Line and the Fort Missoula Regional Park. In total, they easily amount to over $ 150 million.

“Missoula never met a bond issue that she didn’t like,” Dawson said. “I think Missoula City Council can do a better job of educating the public on what these issues are really going to cost them, and maybe looking for alternatives.”

Hess, who holds the advantage as the popular holder of the city council, discussed his penchant for downtown Missoula and praised the master plan that helped shape the downtown district during of the last decade.

While Dawson said she doesn’t frequent downtown, Hess said the district’s visionary plan helped spur her interest in public service.

“The master plan was developed with the vision of hundreds of people, and I am confident that as a local government we have adopted plans and policies, and it is our job as elected officials to lead these policies and help get those policies passed, “he said.” I would love to see the small businesses in our downtown continue to thrive as our community changes.

Hess also spoke about taxes and her priority as a member of city council.

“We have three crises emerging in my mind, and these are climate, equity and housing,” he said. “These issues need to be addressed at all levels of government urgently. There is a lot of work going on in Missoula on these three, and there is a lot of good work proposed in our housing policy. I want to see them through.

Asked specifically about voter-approved bonds mentioned by Dawson, Hess said such bonds are a way of being accountable to voters. When spending large sums of money on community projects, such as the library and open space, asking voters is the right thing to do, he said.

“If you’re going to spend tens of millions of dollars on a cornerstone cultural center in downtown Missoula, the right thing to do is ask voters to approve it,” he said. “Bonds are our way of seeking approval, but more generally our Montana tax system is broken. We really need to diversify our revenue sources at the state level. Property taxes are a problem. It is a problem imposed on us at the state level.

Dawson said she didn’t know the exact answer to the bond question, but maintained her skepticism about their frequent passing.

“My idea over the years is that it was all about asking voters for permission to spend money,” she said. “When someone complains about their taxes, they can say that it was voted on and that it was a popular project. “

Dawson also questioned the city’s plans for homelessness.

“I don’t see where we created solutions. If we are going to spend money on homelessness, we have to spend money with results in mind, ”she said.


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UW students get free transportation for Thanksgiving https://rtlmt.org/uw-students-get-free-transportation-for-thanksgiving/ Fri, 08 Oct 2021 05:30:42 +0000 https://rtlmt.org/uw-students-get-free-transportation-for-thanksgiving/ The Wind River Transportation Authority will provide a Thanksgiving bus to University of Wyoming students to ensure public safety while on vacation. According to County10On Tuesday, November 23, at noon, a bus will leave the University of Wyoming Union for City Market in Rawlins before also making stops at the Wyoming Department of Transportation in […]]]>

The Wind River Transportation Authority will provide a Thanksgiving bus to University of Wyoming students to ensure public safety while on vacation.

According to County10On Tuesday, November 23, at noon, a bus will leave the University of Wyoming Union for City Market in Rawlins before also making stops at the Wyoming Department of Transportation in Lander, as well as the WYDOT in Riverton.

To help promote travel safety, UW students can take advantage of the free service. As the service is based primarily in Fremont County, students from other destinations are encouraged to arrange for pickups at these locations for shorter trips to their final destination. In order to reserve a seat on the bus, students must call the Wind River Transit Authority in advance at 307-856-7118. They also posted the ad on their social media:

The bus is scheduled to return on Sunday November 28 when it picks up the UW students for the return trip from WYDOT to Riverton at 8 a.m., then to Lander WYDOT for its next student pickup, then finally to Rawlins City Market where it should arrive around 11 am. In a statement, the Wind River Transit Authority said:

WRTA decided to provide the bus in response to several serious car accidents involving students on Thanksgiving trips. We are pleased to provide this necessary service to the public.

During the holidays, this is certainly a great way to encourage safe travel for students during this time. For all UW students looking for a free and safe ride, be sure to call and reserve your spot now!

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The engineer gives a perspective on the city transport plan https://rtlmt.org/the-engineer-gives-a-perspective-on-the-city-transport-plan/ Wed, 06 Oct 2021 18:02:16 +0000 https://rtlmt.org/the-engineer-gives-a-perspective-on-the-city-transport-plan/ Engineer Wade Kline of clarified the city of Columbia Falls’ draft transportation plan last week at an open house. Kline is part of KLJ Engineering, the company that helped the city draft the 20-year plan. The plan outlines the city’s transportation needs for the next 20 years and, with a plan in place, it also […]]]>


Engineer Wade Kline of clarified the city of Columbia Falls’ draft transportation plan last week at an open house.

Kline is part of KLJ Engineering, the company that helped the city draft the 20-year plan.

The plan outlines the city’s transportation needs for the next 20 years and, with a plan in place, it also allows the city to seek more state and federal funding.

Kline noted that the east-west corridor of Highway 2 is actually in good traffic condition and should be able to handle even more traffic as the region continues to grow.

Highway 2 between 12th Avenue West and Meadow Lake Boulevard in 2018 recorded an annual average daily traffic of 23,221. By 2040, this figure is expected to increase to 32,221.

But the five-lane highway should be able to handle that.

The problems come from the north-south intersections. The main intersections of concern are the truck route, which has no traffic lights, the intersection of Highway 40, Meadow Lake Boulevard and Nucleus Avenue.

At the Blue Moon, for example, there is no dedicated left turn signal for people traveling south out of Half Moon Road.

Meadow Lake has turn signals on the left, but they just flash yellow and they are not dedicated.

Ultimately, Kline noted, these issues would need to be addressed by the Montana Department of Transportation, because it controls the freeway.

The same goes for Nucleus Avenue. The plan, for example, offers an alternative to Nucleus Avenue that makes it more pedestrian-friendly by removing the turn lane while maintaining on-street parking.

While this is an appealing idea to some people, it should ultimately get state approval, since Nucleus is a national highway as well.

The plan also suggests roundabouts for 12th Avenue and 13th Street West and for Talbott and Fourth Avenue West, both of which are problematic intersections.

City Manager Susan Nicosia and City Councilor Mike Shepard both noted that the idea of ​​roundabouts is an engineered solution to the problem.

The city is not obliged to install roundabouts.

“The plan cautions every solution,” Kline noted.

But Kline noted that the public had previously supported a roundabout on 12th Avenue and West 13th Street, where the two streets don’t line up correctly.

The city is already ahead in some aspects. When it comes to cycling and walking paths, the southern end of town is well served and the northern end will soon see more paths and sidewalks, as the town recently received a federal grant to operate a sidewalk / pathway to shared use to Fourth Avenue West near Glacier Gateway School and corner of Railroad Street.

Other proposed routes would use the truck route, up Meadow Lake Boulevard, along 12th Avenue near the high school, and other connecting roads / sidewalks near the new Glacier Gateway elementary school.

One of the issues is getting riders and pedestrians to cross Route 2 safely.

The plan suggests a possible boulevard near avenue Nucleus. This would allow pedestrians to take a break when crossing the highway. It could also allow more capacity for a left turn lane up to Nucleus.

But will it materialize?

Probably not.

With a boulevard this would also mean no left turn for east-west traffic. Since the city has already given up on the area’s streets, motorists looking to get to places, like Coffee Traders, for example, might have to travel two blocks to get there.


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National Transportation Safety Board sends team to Montana to investigate fatal Amtrak derailment https://rtlmt.org/national-transportation-safety-board-sends-team-to-montana-to-investigate-fatal-amtrak-derailment/ Sun, 26 Sep 2021 20:54:35 +0000 https://rtlmt.org/national-transportation-safety-board-sends-team-to-montana-to-investigate-fatal-amtrak-derailment/ Three people died late Saturday afternoon when Amtrak’s Empire Builder rolled off the tracks near Joplin, MT. The Empire Builder offers daily connections from Chicago to Seattle, with stops in Minnesota and North Dakota including St. Paul, St. Cloud, Staples, Detroit Lakes, Fargo, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Rugby, Minot, Stanley and Williston. It is not […]]]>

Three people died late Saturday afternoon when Amtrak’s Empire Builder rolled off the tracks near Joplin, MT. The Empire Builder offers daily connections from Chicago to Seattle, with stops in Minnesota and North Dakota including St. Paul, St. Cloud, Staples, Detroit Lakes, Fargo, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Rugby, Minot, Stanley and Williston.

It is not known whether passengers from North Dakota or Minnesota were among the dead or injured.

The NTSB, via its Twitter feed, said on Saturday night that it was “launching a team to investigate Saturday’s derailment” and that the team will be based in Great Falls, Mt.

At around 5 p.m. Saturday, the westbound train left the tracks in rural north-central Montana, near the small town of Joplin and about 150 miles north of Helena, MT. The Billings (Mont.) Gazette reported on Sunday that passengers were taken to nearby towns, including Chester and Shelby.

In a statement, Amtrak said there were around 141 passengers and 17 crew on the train at the time. The train consisted of two locomotives and 10 cars, eight of which derailed.

At least three people died and there were multiple injuries. Some passengers were trapped aboard the train in the aftermath, but were removed on Saturday evening, according to a Reuters news service report.

“We are deeply saddened to learn that local authorities now confirm that three people have lost their lives as a result of this accident. Injuries have also been reported among passengers and crew traveling on the train, ”Amtrak wrote in a statement posted on its website. “Amtrak is working with local authorities to transport injured people to medical attention and to safely evacuate everyone else at the scene. Our Incident Response Team has been launched and we are sending emergency personnel and Amtrak leaders to the scene to help our passengers, employees and their families meet their needs. Those with questions about their friends and family aboard this train should call 800-523-9101. “

Amtrak also provided details of the schedule changes due to the crash.

Specifically, Amtrak announced that “the Empire Builder 7/27 westbound train, which left Chicago on September 25, is canceled between Minot, North Dakota, and Shelby, Montana. The Empire Builder 8 eastbound train, which left Seattle on September 25, and the Empire Builder 28 train, which left Portland on September 25, are also canceled between Shelby and Minot.

“Empire Builder 7/27 westbound trains scheduled to leave Chicago between September 26 and 28 will end in St. Paul-Minneapolis. The 8 Empire Builder eastbound train, scheduled to leave Seattle September 26-28, will not run between Seattle and St. Paul-Minneapolis. The Empire Builder 28 train, departing Portland between September 26 and September 28, will not run between Portland and St. Paul-Minneapolis. No alternative means of transportation is currently available. Amtrak customers can contact us at 800-872-7245 for additional information on service status.


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USDA Expands Drought Assistance to Cover Feed Transportation Costs – Hi-Line Today https://rtlmt.org/usda-expands-drought-assistance-to-cover-feed-transportation-costs-hi-line-today/ Sun, 12 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rtlmt.org/usda-expands-drought-assistance-to-cover-feed-transportation-costs-hi-line-today/ WASHINGTON (NMB) – In response to severe drought in the West and Great Plains, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced plans to help cover the cost of transporting feed for livestock that depends pasture. USDA Updates Emergency Assistance Program for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farmed Fish (ELAP) to immediately cover food transport […]]]>

WASHINGTON (NMB) – In response to severe drought in the West and Great Plains, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced plans to help cover the cost of transporting feed for livestock that depends pasture. USDA Updates Emergency Assistance Program for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farmed Fish (ELAP) to immediately cover food transport costs for drought-affected pastoralists. The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will provide more details and tools to help breeders prepare to apply at their local USDA Service Center later this month at fsa.usda.gov/elap.

ELAP provides financial assistance to eligible livestock, honey bee and farmed fish producers for losses due to disease, certain adverse weather events or loss conditions as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture .

ELAP already covers the cost of transporting water in times of drought, and this change will expand the program from 2021 to cover the costs of transporting food where grazing and hay resources have been depleted. This includes places where:

  • The intensity of the drought is D2 for eight consecutive weeks, as indicated by the United States Drought Monitor
  • The intensity of the drought is D3 or more; Where
  • The USDA has determined a shortage of local or regional food availability.

Shared-cost assistance will also be available to cover eligible costs of processing hay or feed to prevent the spread of invasive pests such as fire ants.

Under the revised feed transportation cost assistance policy, eligible producers will be reimbursed 60% of feed transportation costs in excess of what would have been incurred in a normal year. Producers labeled as underserved (socially disadvantaged, resource-constrained, novice or military veterans) will be reimbursed 90% of the cost of transporting food above what would have been incurred in a normal year.

A national cost formula, as established by the USDA, will be used to determine reimbursement costs that will not include the first 25 miles and distances in excess of 1,000 miles of transportation. The calculation will also exclude the normal cost of transporting hay or feed if the producer normally purchases feed. For 2021, the initial cost formula of $ 6.60 per mile will be used (before the percentage is applied), but may be adjusted on a state or regional basis.

To be eligible for ELAP aid, livestock must be intended for pasture and producers must have incurred feed transport costs from January 1, 2021. Although producers themselves certify losses and expenses with of the FSA, producers are keeping receipts and related documentation in case these documents are requested for review by the local FSA county committee. The deadline for submitting a payment request for the 2021 program year is January 31, 2022.

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US Transportation Secretary Buttigieg and husband release photo of children https://rtlmt.org/us-transportation-secretary-buttigieg-and-husband-release-photo-of-children/ Sat, 04 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rtlmt.org/us-transportation-secretary-buttigieg-and-husband-release-photo-of-children/ FILE PHOTO: US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaking at a funding announcement for the Gateway Tunnel project in New York City WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Saturday posted a photo of himself with his husband, Chasten, and their two babies, after saying last month the couple had become parents. Buttigieg became […]]]>

FILE PHOTO: US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaking at a funding announcement for the Gateway Tunnel project in New York City

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Saturday posted a photo of himself with his husband, Chasten, and their two babies, after saying last month the couple had become parents.

Buttigieg became the first openly gay U.S. cabinet secretary earlier this year, following a 2020 Democratic presidential nomination contest.

“Chasten and I are more than grateful for all the kind wishes since we first shared the news that we are becoming parents. We are delighted to welcome Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg to our family, ”Buttigieg said on his personal Twitter account.

The tweet was accompanied by a photo of Buttigieg and Chasten holding two swaddled babies, but it didn’t give any other details. A spokesperson for Buttigieg did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Chasten, a teacher and author who regularly accompanied Buttigieg during the election campaign, told media in July that the two had been trying to adopt for some time.

Buttigieg won a landslide re-election as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, in 2015, months after revealing his homosexuality, and he has often expressed confidence that the fact that he and Chasten married in 2018 would not would not harm his political career.

A veteran of the war in Afghanistan who still bears the title of “Mayor Pete”, Buttigieg quickly became a rising star in the Democratic Party. As his presidential candidacy faltered in early 2020, his endorsement of Joe Biden helped the future president secure the party’s nomination.

When he was confirmed by an overwhelming majority by the Senate as Biden’s transportation secretary, supporters credited Buttigieg with breaking a centuries-old political barrier for LGBTQ Americans.

(Reporting by Michael Martina and Valerie Volcovici in Washington; editing by Steve Orlofsky)


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CSX CEO to Speak to Cowen Global Transportation & Sustainable Mobility … | Your money https://rtlmt.org/csx-ceo-to-speak-to-cowen-global-transportation-sustainable-mobility-your-money/ Fri, 03 Sep 2021 14:00:00 +0000 https://rtlmt.org/csx-ceo-to-speak-to-cowen-global-transportation-sustainable-mobility-your-money/ JACKSONVILLE, Fla., September 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The President and CEO of CSX Corp. (NASDAQ: CSX), James M. Foote, will virtually address the 14th Annual Cowen Conference on Global Transportation and Sustainable Mobility on Friday, September 10 to 9:45 a.m. EST. This address will be broadcast live via webcast at http://investors.csx.com. A replay will […]]]>

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., September 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The President and CEO of CSX Corp. (NASDAQ: CSX), James M. Foote, will virtually address the 14th Annual Cowen Conference on Global Transportation and Sustainable Mobility on Friday, September 10 to 9:45 a.m. EST.

This address will be broadcast live via webcast at http://investors.csx.com. A replay will be available after the conclusion of this event. This announcement, along with additional financial information, is available on the Company’s website at http://investors.csx.com.

About CSX

CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a leading transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transshipment services and solutions to customers in a wide range of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural and consumer products. For nearly 200 years, CSX has played a vital role in the country’s economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects all of the major metropolitan areas in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the country’s population reside. It also connects more than 230 local railways and more than 70 sea, river and lake ports with major population centers and agricultural towns. More information about CSX and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on facebook ( http://facebook.com/OfficialCSX ) and follow us on Twitter ( http://twitter.com/CSX ).

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Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy Replaces State Transportation Commissioner https://rtlmt.org/alaska-governor-mike-dunleavy-replaces-state-transportation-commissioner/ Fri, 03 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rtlmt.org/alaska-governor-mike-dunleavy-replaces-state-transportation-commissioner/ Through James brooks Updated: September 5, 2021 Posted: September 4, 2021 Alaska Department of Transportation commissioner John MacKinnon speaks to reporters at a press conference on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 (James Brooks / ADN) Alaska Transportation Commissioner John MacKinnon retired on Friday, and Governor Mike Dunleavy has appointed a 20-year transportation department official to replace […]]]>
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Updated: September 5, 2021 Posted: September 4, 2021

Alaska Transportation Commissioner John MacKinnon retired on Friday, and Governor Mike Dunleavy has appointed a 20-year transportation department official to replace him.

In a written statement Friday, the governor’s office said Dunleavy had appointed Ryan Anderson, director of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities for the region that covers northern Alaska, as its new transportation commissioner. .

“It’s a great honor,” Anderson said on Saturday, adding that he had been asked if he would be interested in the job and accepted after talking with his family.

Anderson will immediately begin his duties as commissioner, said Jeff Turner, spokesperson for the governor.

Anderson said MacKinnon had planned to retire and was not aware of any bad feelings between the former commissioner and the governor.

Andy Mills, a special assistant in the transportation department, said MacKinnon had stepped up his retirement plans for family reasons. MacKinnon’s mother has health issues, Mills said, and he would like to spend more time with his grandchildren and work in his secluded southeastern cabin.

Dunleavy said in his statement he looked forward to working with Anderson, who “has built an admirable record of achievement and public service during his tenure at DOT. He is widely respected in northern Alaska for cultivating positive relationships with all relevant stakeholders while delivering vital public transport projects on time and on budget.

MacKinnon did not respond to a message left on his cell phone on Friday.

Anderson said he wanted to focus on employee health and public safety as long as the pandemic continues. He is following the debates in Congress on a new infrastructure bill and said that if it passes, the department will put effort into the projects that will be funded. An infrastructure bill could be an opportunity to speed up projects the state is already planning but which could last a year or two, he said.

In terms of ongoing projects, he believes the Cooper Landing bypass on the Kenai Peninsula is the department’s biggest ongoing issue. He also said he plans to learn more about the state ferry system, as he doesn’t have much experience in this area as the manager of the northern region.

The governor’s selection is subject to confirmation by the Alaska Legislature.

MacKinnon served as DOT deputy commissioner between 2003 and 2008, then became head of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska, a leading construction group. He was one of the first people selected for Dunleavy’s cabinet following the governor’s election in 2018.

MacKinnon’s wife, former State Senator Anna MacKinnon, heads the Permanent Fund Dividend division.

Anderson graduated in 1997 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and joined the DOT as a rookie engineer in 2000 after three years working in underground mining, according to his state biography.

He lives with his wife and two children in Fairbanks. He said he intended to stay there as commissioner.


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