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March 14, 2013
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  • 10.5B trips taken on public transit last year, says APTA
    The American Public Transportation Association said people took 10.5 billion trips on public transit in 2012. That's 150 million more than in 2011 and also the second-highest number ever recorded. This is despite the hit public transportation took in the Northeast when Hurricane Sandy knocked things offline. Heavy-rail ridership was up 1.4%, with Cleveland and San Francisco leading the pack. (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CN appoints trio of new executives
    Canadian National has named three new vice presidents: Gerry Weber VP of supply, fleet and fuel management; John Orr VP of the eastern region; and Michael Farkouh VP of safety and sustainability. "I have worked closely with all three throughout their careers [and] they are very experienced railroaders and reflect the deep bench strength we have at CN," said Jim Vena, CN executive vice president and chief operating officer. (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UP's Richmond earns recognition for work in Ariz., N.M.
    Zoe Richmond's efforts as Union Pacific's director of public affairs in Arizona and New Mexico led her to be named Woman of the Year by the Metropolitan Phoenix chapter of Women in Transportation. "It is a privilege to be recognized," Richmond said. "I am excited to be one of a number of women at Union Pacific who are working to help take the company beyond its historic 150th anniversary and into the future." RT&S online (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Master Agreement reached between ILA, USMX
    A six-year labor agreement between the International Longshoremen's Association and U.S. Maritime Alliance would eliminate the threat of a potential work stoppage at East and Gulf Coast ports if it is ratified. The agreement now goes to about 14,500 East Coast and Gulf longshoremen for ratification, said George Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The Baltimore Sun (3/13), Transport Topics (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Class I-served Va. port's ag exports worth $2.61B in 2012
    Served by CSX and Norfolk Southern, the Port of Virginia saw its volume of agricultural exports rise nearly 12% to a record-high value of $2.61 billion in 2012 year-on-year, said Gov. Bob McDonnell. The state's transportation bill is expected to "help ensure that Virginia continues to have the modern and well-funded road and rail network necessary to get our goods from producers in the commonwealth to tables all across the world in the decades ahead," McDonnell said. (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. port spends $1B for rail capacity expansion, upgrades
    A $1 billion expansion and development program for on-dock rail facilities at the Port of Long Beach, Calif., is under way. The goal is to help the port keep up with its competitors such as the Port of Prince Rupert in Canada and the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas in Mexico, said J. Christopher Lytle, Port of Long Beach executive director. DC Velocity online (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Annual Railroad Day on Capitol Hill highlights the vital role freight rail plays in the U.S. economy
    Representatives from the nation’s freight railroads, labor groups, rail suppliers and state and local officials today are joining together for the annual Railroad Day on Capitol Hill. As part of Rail Day (#RailDay2013), rail representatives will discuss the need to preserve the current regulatory framework that has allowed the industry to invest billions of dollars into the nation’s rail infrastructure, making the U.S. rail system the best in the world. These groups are urging Congress to continue to support policies that encourage the freight rail industry to deliver safe, reliable and efficient service so that American businesses can successfully compete in the global marketplace. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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