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November 5, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Some normalcy returns after Hurricane Sandy
    CSX and Norfolk Southern report that service has been restored after Hurricane Sandy. Amtrak's Acela Express and service along the Northeast Corridor resume today with "reduced frequencies." However, marine terminals at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are still closed, and it could take months for commuter train service in New Jersey and New York to return to normal. Meanwhile, Building America's Future -- a bipartisan and national infrastructure coalition -- has called on Congress and the Obama administration to develop a "long-term strategic plan for the nation's infrastructure." DC Velocity online (11/4), The Wall Street Journal/The Associated Press (11/5), Business Insider (11/4), ProgressiveRailroading.com (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BNSF honors 3 short lines
    BNSF recently honored Columbus & Greenville Railway with the Shortline of the Year award, which indicate the railroad's ability to "exceed expectations through their innovation, determination, vision and entrepreneurial spirit," according to BNSF officials. The Class I also honored Burlington Junction Railway and Riverport Railroad with Achievement Awards. ProgressiveRailroading.com (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Wash. short line enjoys thriving business, hires more workers
    Tacoma Rail's operations in Tacoma, Wash., continue to grow and it plans to hire more people, indicating the short line's flourishing business despite the recession. "We had our best month ever in July. Then August was even better," said Tacoma Rail Superintendent Dale King. "September didn't exceed August, but it was our best September ever. October is shaping up to be another record-setter." The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.) (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sandy: A reminder to strengthen U.S. infrastructure
    Superstorm Sandy was a stark reminder of how vulnerable U.S. cities are and how infrastructure is being taken for granted, according to this piece. Sandy "illustrate[s] just how critical infrastructure is to a metropolitan area's economy," said Robert Puentes, director of the infrastructure policy program at the Brookings Institution. "Hopefully, it will spur some action, not necessarily just in terms of huge federal outlays, but in deciding what the infrastructure needs are for a 21st century economy, and what is needed to withstand the kinds of storms we're seeing." San Francisco Chronicle (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy & Environmental Watch 
  • Rail expands market presence in crude oil shipping
    Railroads are gaining an increased market share in crude oil transportation with pipeline expansion still remaining sluggish. U.S. petroleum shipments amount to about 340,000 barrels per day this year, compared with only 11,000 barrels per day in 2007, according to the Association of American Railroads. "Over time they are not going to have a pipeline going to every segment of the Bakken. So we believe there is always going to be opportunity for rail as long as there is production in the Bakken," said John Lanigan, BNSF chief marketing officer. Reuters (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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