News & Commentary

Consensus Action Agenda Released
Posted 05/25/2017

The Focus Group following up the Consensus Outline release following Escanaba 3//16/2017 has developed a Consensus Action Agenda promulgated 5/25/2017. The next meeting of the Focus Group 6/7/2017, among other items, will consider beginning implementation of the Consensus Action Agenda by forming a task group to identify Actionable Shipper Data in freight lanes to/from western Upper Peninsula mills which may be susceptible to conversion from over-the-road truck to rail with volumes, consistency and balance that can attract competitive and sustainable rate and service offering from the railroads. We expect the Wisconsin Central Group Steering Committee to address other priorities under the Consensus Action Agenda later in June and early July.

Escanaba Meeting 3/16/2017, Consensus Outline
Posted 04/11/2017

A diverse group of Great Lakes Forests Region freight rail stakeholders met at Weyerhauser's Escanaba, MI office on 3/16/2017. The meeting was hosted by Michigan Forest Products Council and included stakeholder members of Wisconsin Paper Council and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. The product of these discussions and follow-up comments from Escanaba 3/16/2017 Invitees/Attendees is a Consensus Outline. In coming weeks, a focus group will proceed with refining priorities for WCGroup's Action Agenda 2017.

Upcoming CN/WCGroup Intermodal and Log Committee Meetings
Posted 05/15/2014

The Intermodal Committee will meet on 6/4/2014 in Appletion at the D.J. Bordini Center, Fox Valley Technical College. The Committee meeting will be held following "WisPolitics.com/WisBusiness.com: Future of Transportaton II," featuring U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble, vice chair of the House Highways Subcommittee. Rep. Ribble is expected to joing the Intermodal Committee with welcoming remarks regarding interest in the Cn/WCGroup "collaborative" process. The Log Committee will meet on 6/5/2014 in Green Bay.

How the Railroad Can Help Fix Willow Road
Posted 02/26/2014

Like Humpty-Dumpty, Willow Road is taking a beating, and all the town and county officials are having difficulty coming up with a fix. More

CN/WCGroup Collaboration - Busy Start to 2014
Posted 07/18/2013

Zoom. From our January CN Advisory Board meeting it has been fast forward through filing of an $18 million TIGER VI grant application for a Great Lakes Forest Log Car Fleet at the end of April. More.

CN Advisory Board, Intermodal Committee Activity
Posted 07/18/2013

On July 8, 2013, the CN Advisory Board met at Lake Geneva (with several members participating via call-in service provided by WMC). CN provided updates on development of its customer service capabilities, advancement of work on the Whitehall subdivision and relationships of these and other developments to agendas of the CN/WCGroup working committees. More

CN Advisory Board, Intermodal Committee Activity
Posted 07/18/2013

On July 8, 2013, the CN Advisory Board met at Lake Geneva (with several members participating via call-in service provided by WMC). CN provided updates on development of its customer service capabilities, advancement of work on the Whitehall subdivision and relationships of these and other developments to agendas of the CN/WCGroup working committees. More

2nd Bi-Annual Great Lakes Forestry Policy Conference June 24, 2013
Posted 07/18/2013

The Conference, hosted by U.S. Congressmen Dan Benishek (MI-1), Sean Duffy (WI-7) and Reid Ribble (WI-8), at Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel, Wabeno, WI, drew some 285 registered participants. The panel on "Timber Transportation Issues" moderated by Congressman Ribble, featured: Tom Tisa, Canadian National's Director, Network Strategies; DJ Aderman, President, Futurewood Corp. (affiliated with Johnson Timber); and Jake Hayrynen, Forest Products Manager, JM Longyear, LLC. The three panelists serve on the Canadian National Advisory Board. Futurewood and Longyear also serve on the CN/WCGroup Log Committee. The Log Committee is dedicated to dramatically expanding rail transportation of the products of the Great Lakes Forests and, thus, their competitiveness in local national and export markets. More

2nd Bi-Annual Great Lakes Forestry Policy Conference June 24, 2013
Posted 07/18/2013

The Conference, hosted by U.S. Congressmen Dan Benishek (MI-1), Sean Duffy (WI-7) and Reid Ribble (WI-8), at Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel, Wabeno, WI, drew some 285 registered participants. The panel on "Timber Transportation Issues" moderated by Congressman Ribble, featured: Tom Tisa, Canadian National's Director, Network Strategies; DJ Aderman, President, Futurewood Corp. (affiliated with Johnson Timber); and Jake Hayrynen, Forest Products Manager, JM Longyear, LLC. The three panelists serve on the Canadian National Advisory Board. Futurewood and Longyear also serve on the CN/WCGroup Log Committee. The Log Committee is dedicated to dramatically expanding rail transportation of the products of the Great Lakes Forests and, thus, their competitiveness in local national and export markets. More

Northwoods Rail Transit Commission — WisDOT Economic Study, Meeting Upcoming 7/26/2013
Posted 07/18/2013

We expect to submit a request for approval of NRTC's "Restated Articles of Organization and Interstate Cooperation Agreement" to Governor Walker and Attorney General Van Hollen in advance of NRTC's meeting 7/26/2013. WMC TransCom's assisted, pro bono, in developing the legal documents to extend NRTC that organizational work related to adding Michigan counties to the NRTC membership may proceed approval. More

CN and WCGroup Will Participate in Forestry Conference, 6/24/2013
Posted 06/03/2013

U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek (MI-1), Sean Duffy (WI-7), and Reid Ribble (WI-8) will host the event at Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel in Wabeno, Wisconsin, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The conference goal is to highlight current policies that impact forestry and discuss opportunities that will allow better utilization forest resources across the three congressional districts. Rep. Ribble will moderate the panel on “Timber Transportation Issues” including Tom Tisa, CN's Director, Network Strategies and Chair of the CN Advisory Board, along with Board members and WCGroup participants, D.J. Aderman, President, Futurewood Corp., and Jake Hayrynen, Forest Products Manager, JM Longyear. More

Upcoming for CN Advisory Board, Log and Intermodal Working Committees.
Posted 06/01/2013

The CN Advisory Board will meet at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 8, 2013, at the Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, WI, immediately ahead of the 2013 Summer Meeting of the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers. The CN/WCGroup Log and Intermodal Working Committees are expected to hold initial meetings this month.

The State of Intermodal Transportation in Wisconsin,
CSCMP Northeast Wisconsin Roundtable, Green Bay, 4/3/2013
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Posted 05/16/2013

WCGroup counsel and WMC/WCGroup transportation liaison, Jason Culotta, attended. The keynote presentation, by TTX, provided global and specific insights on “Intermodal Trade and Industry Trends”. “Intermodal Options in Wisconsin” examined WI intermodal services from shipper, dray, third-party and railroad (CN) perspectives. “Intermodal Developments and Equipment Access” addressed how intermodal networks and services in WI have evolved, concluding with a presentation of “Intermodal Demand in Northeast Wisconsin,” including more detail on the shipper survey and conclusion presented to the Brown County Port/Rail Committee on 3/26/2013. More

WCGroup Support for Northwoods Rail Transit Commission.
Posted 05/16/2013

WCGroup counsel attended NRTC's meeting at Rhinelander on 3/27/2013. CN representatives participated. WisDOT presented results of a shipper survey, as a general proposition, indicated ample traffic potential for the lines. WisDOT is planning a further economic development study. WCG reported on its assistance, pro bono, providing NRTC draft legal documents to extend NRTC membership to include counties in Upper Michigan, as WCGroup had previously recommended. More

WCGroup, Brown County Port/Rail Committee 3/26/2013.
Posted 05/16/2013

WCGroup counsel and CN representatives participated at the Committee meeting including Brown County Executive Troy Steckenbach, other public officials, Georgia-Pacific, Proctor & Gamble and the Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad. Shipper survey results, as a general proposition, indicated ample traffic potential to support an intermodal terminal in the Brown County area. More

Wood Pellets, A Green Opportunity for Northwoods Rail Freight.
Posted 05/16/2013

Leading WI-based producers of wood pellets for fuel met with representatives of DOA State Energy Office, DATCP's International Trade Representative, CFIRE (National Center for Freight & Infrastructure Research and Education, at UW-Madison), and MAFC (Mid-America Freight Coalition). WCGroup counsel and a Canadian National representative (providing expertise in wood pellet export markets) participated in the meeting at Rhinelander 4/18/2013. More

 



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