The NCTA publishes the semi-annual magazine the Coal Transporter which keeps members up-to-date on new technologies, upcoming conferences, subcommittee activities, STB proceedings, and other coal news of national and international importance. The magazine also contains feature articles and interviews with industry participants, regulators, and members in the know.
In its sixth year of publication, the magazine contains primarily original editorial and enjoys a growing readership and level of advertising support. Editorial content is divided into three categories, Features, Departments and Conferences. Regular features include Board and Member Company profiles, STB and FRA updates, AAR Interchange/Office Manual rule reviews, market supply and demand updates, infrastructure facilities, new technologies and reflections of long time industry participants. Department content includes thought provoking messages from the NCTA's President and its Executive Director, recognition of new members, committee updates, statistics, calendar of events, full membership listing, member sound off responses, and a bit of humor in the "view from the caboose". The conference sections profile upcoming events and recap highlights of recent events in both words and images.
Upcoming editorial and advertising deadlines are:
Issue 1 2015 February 20, 2015
Issue 2 2015 July 8, 2015
Issue 1 2016 February 5, 2016
Issue 2 2016 July 6, 2016