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November 9, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Class I's gain honor for military employment initiatives
    BNSF, Canadian National, CSX, Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific have been listed among G.I. Jobs magazine's top 100 military-friendly employers for 2013. The list recognized the Class I's job recruitment programs, number of new workers with experience in military service and how the company looks at military reserve and National Guard service. (11/8), RT&S online (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NS paints locomotive red, white and blue to honor vets: Norfolk Southern has unveiled a red, white and blue locomotive to honor military veterans. The No. 6920 will be used along the Class I's freight routes. "It is awesome, it shows to me my employer cares about veterans and military people," said Dave Sunderland, an NS carman and painter, who is also a 24-year member of the U.S. Army Reserves. The Altoona Mirror (Pa.) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AAR note: The rail industry salutes and recruits America's military veterans. The Association of American Railroads this Veteran’s Day -- and every day -- offers the rail industry’s gratitude and praise for the men and women who have served our country through military service. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NS highlights benefits of $2.5B Crescent Corridor program
    Norfolk Southern presented the details and benefits of the $2.5 billion Crescent Corridor program during the Southeast Freight Conference in Memphis, Tenn. Among the initiative's components are the $105 million, 380-acre Memphis Regional Intermodal Facility, which is expected to create or support 6,200 local jobs by 2020, NS said. The Daily News (Memphis, Tenn.) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AAR reports latest weekly carload, intermodal volumes
    Hurricane Sandy made its presence known in freight traffic volume last week. Carload traffic on U.S. railroads dropped 6.8% from the year-ago level in the week ending Nov. 3, while intermodal volume declined 6.2%, according to the Association of American Railroads. However, intermodal traffic "saw an increase for the 35th straight month" in October, AAR noted. "The fundamentals of U.S. rail traffic remained roughly the same in October as in recent months: weakness in coal, remarkable growth in petroleum and petroleum products, a slight slowing of growth in intermodal and autos, and mixed results for everything else," said John Gray, AAR senior vice president. (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Infrastructure & Economic Spotlight  
  • Rep. Shuster makes move for House T&I chairmanship
    Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., wants to be the next chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He's currently chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials. "Transportation is essential to our economy and our future," Shuster said. "I am focused on continuing to work together to promote competitiveness and economic growth, reform programs, focus our resources where they are needed most, and better manage our federal assets." National Journal/Influence Alley (11/8), (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CSX begins construction of $100M intermodal terminal in Fla.
    CSX recently started construction of a $100 million Winter Haven Intermodal Rail Terminal in Polk County, Fla. The project is expected to generate more than $10 billion in economic benefits and as many as 8,500 jobs per year in a 10-year period, according to an HDR Engineering study. "This groundbreaking means more jobs, more opportunities for our communities and underscores Florida's importance in global commerce," said Gov. Rick Scott. American City Business Journals/Tampa, Fla. (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BNSF: Memphis, Tenn. a logistics powerhouse in handling U.S. freight
    Rail connections are among the key logistics resources in Memphis, Tenn., that could transform the area into a major asset to the U.S. freight transportation business, according to BNSF. "It's got this unique logistics position that's capable of reaching out not only to Asia, but Africa and North and South America as well," said Fred Malesa, BNSF vice president of international intermodal. "We're committed to a longstanding and profitable future with Memphis." The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free registration) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Safety & Security 
  • AAR: Rail transport of hazmat materials 99.6% safe
    Source: WALB-TV
    Rail transport of hazardous materials is considered 99.6% safe, according to the Association of American Railroads. In South Georgia, first responders from several counties were educated on proper response measures during rail incidents. "It really is something that we have to be ready for. And this program tries to bring this training to local responders who might otherwise not have that available to them," said Jeff Hilty, Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium trainer. WALB-TV (Albany, Ga.) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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