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February 25, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • STB: Class I employment climbs 1.2% in January year-on-year
    Employment at U.S. Class I railroads rose 1.2% in January -- to 162,043 workers -- compared with the same month in 2012, according to the Surface Transportation Board. Almost every employment division registered growth during those 12 months, led by a 3.52% increase in executives, officials, and staff assistants, STB noted. (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CP: Relocation to new HQ part of Harrison's corporate plan
    Canadian Pacific's plan to relocate to a new headquarters at its Ogden Yard facility in southeast Calgary, Alberta, is part of CEO Hunter Harrison's strategic plan for the railroad, said CP spokesman Ed Greenberg. The railroad expects to transfer 1,100 employees to the building by the end of this year. The decision is a sensible one as "the new headquarters will have a functional footprint, is being specifically built to the needs of our railroad, and is more suited for our modern operations," he said. Calgary Herald (Alberta) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure & Economic Spotlight  
  • Class I's involved in $73.3M grade separation project
    BNSF, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific are involved in a $73.3 million grade separation project in British Columbia to eliminate 10 conflict points near Port Metro Vancouver and the South Shore Trade Area rail corridor. The South Shore Corridor Project is expected to help boost the Canadian economy, exports and job growth. (2/22), RT&S online (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rail expansion occurs across Texas due to surging demand
    Construction of several rail projects is under way in southern Texas to meet increasing demand for service from projects in the Eagle Ford Shale region. For instance, a 1,000-acre rail yard project in San Antonio includes an extension of Union Pacific's main line, while Watco recently completed a track expansion project at Port San Antonio's East Kelly Railport. These projects help in luring oil and gas companies that have rail access among their business criteria, said David Marquez, director of Bexar County economic development. (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & Environmental Watch 
  • BNSF, UP may get tax incentives on locomotive fuel in N.M.
    BNSF and Union Pacific are expected to receive tax incentives on locomotive fuel in New Mexico with legislation recently passed by the New Mexico House. BNSF would be required to spend a minimum of $50 million on rail infrastructure projects in the state to receive the tax breaks, while UP would qualify after it makes a $100 million investment in a Santa Teresa terminal project. The Republic (Columbus, Ind.) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Safety & Security 
  • OLI's Rose stresses importance of national partnership with AASHTO
    Operation Lifesaver's partnership with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is among the safety group's national priorities, said OLI President and CEO Joyce Rose. Aside from continuous freight rail safety campaigns, the organization expects "to do more with state departments of transportation through AASHTO to strengthen relationships with our state OL programs," Rose said. (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UP advances UP CARES safety campaign in Calif.
    Union Pacific continued its rail safety initiatives as part of the UP Crossing Accident Reduction, Education and Safety campaign in California. The Class I recently made its way through more than 1,300 crossings from Industry to San Luis Obispo to raise public awareness on rail safety. Since 2001, UP's efforts led to a 37% reduction in grade crossing incident rates, officials said. San Gabriel Valley Tribune (San Gabriel, Calif.) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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