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March 7, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Rose explains LNG locomotive project; other Class I's follow suit
    BNSF's plan to test the feasibility of natural gas as a fuel alternative for locomotives was driven by cost factors, said BNSF Chairman and CEO Matt Rose during the IHS CERAWeek energy summit. Canadian National announced similar plans earlier, and other Class I's are showing interest. Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific are partnering with locomotive manufacturers on the idea, while CSX is reviewing the viability of natural gas-fueled trains. (3/6), The Journal of Commerce (3/6), Bloomberg (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure & Economic Spotlight  
  • House passes interim measure to avert U.S. government shutdown
    The House of Representatives passed a bill in a 267-151 vote that would fund U.S. government programs through Sept. 30 to avoid a March 27 shutdown. Some attendees of a dinner meeting between President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leaders are more optimistic that Democrats and Republicans can reach an agreement on the budget and debt. Reuters (3/7), USA Today (3/6), The Hill (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Company chooses site in La. for $150M project because of CN, KCS
    Canadian National and Kansas City Southern's operations in Baton Rouge, La., led Belgium-based Katoen Natie to choose the area for a new $150 million petrochemical facility, said Frank Vingerhoets, the company's president of petrochemicals in North America. The project is expected to provide around 900 direct and indirect jobs, state officials said. Construction is scheduled to be completed by 2018. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & Environmental Watch 
  • The big issues facing the next EPA chief
    The Environmental Protection Agency has numerous pollution-related concerns awaiting action as part of enforcing the Clean Air Act, writes Brad Plumer. Utility-based carbon dioxide emissions, drilling-based methane emissions and EPA rules postponed during the past four years will all need to be addressed by nominee Gina McCarthy, Plumer writes. The Washington Post/Wonkblog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Security 
  • Hundreds flock to AAR's 18th Annual Research Review
    The Association of American Railroads' 18th Annual Research Review at the Transportation Technology Center Inc., in Pueblo, Colo., attracted the participation of more than 500 people, said Semih Kalay, TTCI senior vice president of technology. Class I executives were present to discuss various rail topics on four panel sessions, and the 18 presentations informed participants about the industry's latest advancements. (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colo. DOT ramps up safety initiatives with 52 LED stop signs
    The Colorado Department of Transportation acquired 52 pieces of CTC's LED warning signs to strengthen rail safety across 26 grade crossings in the state. "Any tool that we can use to save lives is a welcome addition to our transportation tool kit," said Mat Flores, state DOT statewide utilities engineer. "The flashing lights disrupt a driver's expectations and should draw his or her attention to the crossing, resulting in a significant safety benefit." (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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