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November 14, 2012
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  • CP's improved service complements CN's operations
    Canadian Pacific's improved service is partly due to Hunter Harrison's appointment as CEO, and the railroad's redevelopment is having a favorable impact on Canadian National's business, said Keith Creel, CN chief operating officer. "A strong competitor makes for strong competition; makes for two stronger railways," said Creel. Financial Post (Canada) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CSX unveils new $24M facility in Mass.
    CSX recently marked the opening of a new TRANSFLO facility in Westborough, Mass. The project is part of a deal between the railroad and state for freight rail development. "The deal with CSX and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is really the first of its kind. If we are going to maximize the use our rail network, which we need to in the United States -- especially in the Northeast -- we're going to need more of these partnerships," said Lt. Gov. Tim Murray. DailyVoice.com/Westborough, Mass. (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure & Economic Spotlight  
  • Rep. Mica: House T&I chair issue "should be over by Thursday"
    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., discussed with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, the possibility of remaining as committee chairman, but he doesn't expect an answer until after elected Republican leaders have been formally set up on today. "I've talked to him. You have to have the election first," Mica said. The committee chairmanship issue "should be over by Thursday." The Hill/Transportation blog (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Little time remains to avoid "fiscal cliff"
    President Barack Obama and Republicans hope they can avert the "fiscal cliff" with a short-term measure that is linked to a longer-term initiative based on reform of the tax code and entitlements, according to The Economist. Time is short, and the second part will be difficult to accomplish, the magazine notes. "Despite their high-minded rhetoric, neither Democrats nor Republicans relish the political blowback that comes with cutting entitlements and tax breaks," the magazine says. The Economist (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • UP works with law enforcement in Iowa for motorist education
    Union Pacific is partnering with law enforcement in Iowa to watch for motorists attempting to get around crossing arms to beat trains. A police officer rides along and alerts nearby law enforcement when a driver crosses the tracks illegally. "You can have train movement in any direction at any time. So, you know, the railroad tracks are on private property, people should stay away from the private property and stay away from the trains," said Perry Garcia, manager of operating practice at UP. KTIV-TV (Sioux City, Iowa) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AAR News 
  • Hamberger: Why freight rail isn't a burden on America's taxpayers
    Today in the Washington Post, Association of American Railroads' President and CEO Edward Hamberger discusses why freight rail is one industry that incoming lawmakers won't have to worry about. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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