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February 11, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Intermodal rail investments benefit U.S. freight system, suppliers
    BNSF, Canadian National, CSX, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific are among railroads that have made their own investments in intermodal to reduce long-haul truck traffic, congestion and air pollution as well as promote fuel conservation and cut road maintenance expenses, said Grant Cothran, NS manager of intermodal development. This article offers an in-depth view of how their projects also spur economic growth and job creation and attract new business from other industries. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free registration) (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Infrastructure & Economic Spotlight  
  • House panel to discuss "federal role in America's infrastructure"
    Federal involvement in spending on transportation infrastructure will be the topic of a hearing Wednesday by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa. "Transportation and infrastructure have long been recognized as federal responsibilities shared with the states," Shuster said. A thorough understanding of the government's role "is critical to ensuring U.S. economic growth and global competitiveness," Shuster said. The Hill/Transportation blog (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Trade data indicate Q4 growth in U.S.
    A Commerce Department announcement that the U.S. trade deficit in December sank to its lowest point in three years likely means that gross domestic product rose slightly in the fourth quarter. The government recently announced it had estimated a 0.1% drop in GDP. "Trade data for December paint a reassuring and encouraging picture of the U.S. economy at the end of last year," said Chris Williamson, Markit Group's chief economist. Reuters (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy & Environmental Watch 
  • Analysis proves Cold Train's efficiency versus truck transport
    The use of Cold Train service to and from the Port of Quincy, Wash., contributes to fewer emissions than shipping products by long-haul trucks along the same route, according to a McKinstry study. The analysis supports previous findings of BNSF's Carbon Estimator Tool. "Having worked in the Quincy community, McKinstry is keenly aware of its unique position to help validate and substantiate a 'green' intermodal rail solution," said Peter Locke, McKinstry sustainability consulting director. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Safety & Security 
  • Bombardier's TrackSafe taps RFID for rail safety
    RFID technology is the key to Bombardier Transportation's TrackSafe system, which has won one of 15 Innovation Awards from the Institution of Engineering and Technology. TrackSafe employs RFID to alert both track workers and train operators to potential hazards. "TrackSafe has the potential to have a major social impact because on a global scale it would improve both trackside worker safety and urban transportation productivity," the IET judging panel said. (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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