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January 4, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • AAR reports rail, intermodal results in 2012's final week
    The volume of rail carloads originated by U.S. railroads dropped 13.8% in the last week of 2012 year-on-year, and intermodal fell 14%, according to the Association of American Railroads. However, intermodal activity last year rose 3.2% from 2011 levels while rail carloads fell 3.1%. from 2011. "A number of key rail carload categories showed solid improvement in 2012, including categories like autos and lumber that are most highly correlated with economic growth," said John Gray, AAR senior vice president. The Journal of Commerce (1/3), (1/3), Reuters (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NS: More business coming to $105M Tenn. intermodal facility
    Norfolk Southern plans to ramp up operations at the new $105 million Memphis Regional Intermodal Terminal in Rossville, Tenn., in expectation of more business activity this year, according to NS. "Memphis is part of a larger project called the Crescent Corridor, and we are expecting that to involve the construction or expansion of six facilities in Rossville; Charlotte, N.C.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Greencastle, Harrisburg and Rutherford in Pennsylvania," said Mike McClellan, NS vice president of intermodal and automotive marketing. The Daily News (Memphis, Tenn.) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BNSF plans to modernize 32,000-mile rail network maps
    Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal
    BNSF is partnering with Bartlett & West to modernize the railroad's map records of its 32,000-mile U.S. network. Some of the maps, dating back to the 1800s, have been updated by hand, but GIS will now be used for accuracy and computer accessibility. "What we're doing is we're taking that old map and we're placing it on the real world," said Mike Flynn, Bartlett & West supervisor. The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Infrastructure & Economic Spotlight  
  • House T&I panel to focus on "strengthening" transportation
    The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will "focus on strengthening America’s national transportation network to make us more efficient, more competitive and more prosperous," said Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., the panel's new chairman. The committee's agenda will focus on passing new bills to fund waterways and rail programs. Shuster also said that getting ready for reauthorization of surface transportation programs "will be a priority of the committee." The Hill/Transportation blog (1/3), Roll Call (free content) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Security 
  • Railroads work toward PTC implementation
    Railroads in Minnesota are working toward full implementation of technology that could help prevent rail accidents. Positive train control uses GPS technology to determine a train's location and can override the operator if necessary. It's a complex system that still has yet to receive federal certification. There is growing concern in the industry that the current 2015 deadline is unrealistic given the complexity of the technology. "This has never been done before," said Association of American Railroads spokeswoman Holly Arthur. St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Beware the fury of a patient man."
--John Dryden,
British poet, critic and playwright

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