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January 31, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • CSX describes importance of rail in U.S. logistics
    CSX and other railroad companies are a crucial piece of the U.S. logistics system because they "manage the product pipeline for businesses across America," said Derrick Smith, CSX vice president of emerging markets. Smith recently gave a presentation in Jacksonville, Fla., on "The Role of Rail Logistics," and shared his opinion about the country's overall economic status. "We are in a recovering economy. It may not be explosive growth, but we are recovering," Smith said. The Daily Record (Jacksonville, Fla.) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure & Economic Spotlight  
  • Fla.'s rail investments win praise from D.C. think tank
    Florida's plan to invest in port-to-rail infrastructure in preparation for a rising volume in global trade is a "smart" endeavor, according to Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution. "We are positioning ourselves to capitalize on the increased trade from the expansion of the Panama Canal and getting ready for the increased trade it will bring to our state," said Gov. Rick Scott. Sunshine State News (Fla.) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CN, INRD's project to transform Indianapolis' logistics status
    Canadian National's partnership with Indiana Railroad to build a rail terminal in Indianapolis is expected to help the city develop its role in freight transportation. The relationship between the two companies will mean that trains can avoid the bottleneck at California ports and thus speed distribution of imports from Asia to the West Coast, said Jim Merritt, INRD vice president of corporate affairs. WISH-TV (Indianapolis) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & Environmental Watch 
  • Canadian minister downplays environmental impact of CN rail project
    Canadian National's adherence to mitigation initiatives on the proposed expansion of the Fairview Terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert in British Columbia will deter any major environmental impact, said Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent. The Class I is expected to work with the Prince Rupert Port Authority on the project, which will expand the terminal's capacity to 2 million 20-foot equivalent units each year. (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Security 
  • FRA announces 1-month extension for feedback on PTC rules
    A deadline for comments on proposed rules for positive train control has been extended from Feb. 11 to March 11, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. The proposed rules would make revisions to several regulations, including the "de minimis" exception for PTC installation and implementation. The agency suggested changes to the "de minimis" exception in response to a previous request from the Association of American Railroads in 2011. (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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