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November 1, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • CP's Doug McFarlane receives leadership award
    Doug McFarlane, senior vice president of Canadian Pacific's U.S. network, received the Leadership Award from the American Association of Railroad Superintendents during the first Lantern Awards for Excellence. The award recognizes McFarlane's leadership skills and wide variety of experience in the industry. (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Helen Sramek to retire from OLI, be succeeded by Joyce Rose
    Helen Sramek, who has been president of Operation Lifesaver since January 2007, will retire later this year. Joyce Rose will become president and CEO of the organization in December. Rose is currently staff director for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure's Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials. (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Infrastructure & Economic Spotlight  
  • S.D. short line to offer better options via $28M project
    Dakota Southern Railway's partnership with the South Dakota Department of Transportation on a $28 million, 61.6-mile rail project is expected to give the region's agriculture industry more and better alternatives for grain shipments. Farmers in the state will see "financial benefits of the improved and expanded rail service" because it is a more economical way to transport goods, said state DOT Secretary Darin Bergquist, who noted that many heavy grain trucks would be taken off the roads, as well. (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bid deadline extended for initial segment of Calif.'s high-speed rail
    The deadline for submitting bids to design and construct the first segment of California's high-speed rail project will be extended to Jan. 18, according to the state's High-Speed Rail Authority. The five consortia interested in the project have asked for more details and more time. The initial phase, estimated to cost between $1.2 billion and $1.8 billion, will include construction of a bridge, elevated railway, tunnel and a 28-mile rail line to be built northeast of Madera to Fresno. The contract is expected to be awarded by June. The Fresno Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & Environmental Watch 
  • Canadian oil firms eye rail as transport alternative to pipelines
    Canadian oil companies are considering shipping crude oil to the Hudson Bay Port of Churchill in Manitoba by railroads such as Canadian National and Hudson Bay Railway. "Producers are looking for more optionality in how they transport their product to refineries, and [to ease] congestion in pipelines or rail service," said Jeff McEachern, Churchill Gateway Development executive director. Financial Post (Canada) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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