Beginning February 1, 2024, NOPB will implement an innovative new railcar inventory system. Existing customers will receive information regarding the new system as well as a link to register and schedule training via email. For additional information and questions, please contact our Business Development team at businessdevelopment@railnola.com.

The New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (NOPB) is a Class III switching railroad with the primary mission of serving the Port of New Orleans and local industries. Learn more about our system and services.

New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Board Awards Contract for New Transloading Industrial Park

2024-02-27

Today, the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (NOPB) Board of Commissioners awarded a $2,209,635 contract to Cycle Construction Company LLC for construction on the NOPB Transloading Industrial Park off Jourdan Road in New Orleans East. The completed project will provide a site for shippers to move freight more efficiently between rail and truck into America’s heartland.

Port of New Orleans Appoints Executive Vice President & CFO, Ronald Wendel Jr., Acting President & CEO of Port NOLA, Acting CEO of NOPB

2024-05-21

Today, the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) formally confirmed Ronald J. Wendel Jr., who is currently serving as Port NOLA’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, to become the Acting President and CEO of Port NOLA and Acting CEO of NOPB in June following the departure of current President and CEO, Brandy Christian, who has accepted the role of CEO of Patriot Rail Company. Wendel, who joined Port NOLA in 2015, brings a wealth of experience to the role and is poised to ensure that key strategic initiatives, like the $1.8 billion-dollar Louisiana International Terminal, move forward without interruption.

Port of New Orleans President and CEO & New Orleans Public Belt CEO Brandy D. Christian Announces Departure

2024-05-14

Today, the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) announced that its President and CEO Brandy D. Christian, a leading figure in the transportation industry, will step down mid-June 2024 to pursue an opportunity in the private sector. Christian has served as the President and CEO of Port NOLA since January 1, 2017, and as the CEO of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (NOPB) since its acquisition by Port NOLA on February 1, 2018, during which time Port NOLA increased operating revenues by 70 percent and NOPB increased operating income by 300 percent.

Port of New Orleans Board of Commissioners Elects Walter J. Leger Jr. as Chairman

2024-03-21

Today, the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) selected new officers with the election of Walter J. Leger Jr. to serve as Board Chairman, James J. Carter Jr. as Vice Chairman, and Sharonda R. Williams as Secretary-Treasurer for a nine-month term. With the alignment of the Port NOLA and the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, Port Commissioners and officers also serve on the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Commission.