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May 21, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Class I's experience growth in diverse set of rail shipments
    CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific's strong growth in automotive shipments and business from industrial products in the latest quarter are helping them make up for weaker coal demand. However, coal traffic is expected to pick up once it passes "temporary factors," according to KCS. Meanwhile, UP is seeing "slow and steady" economic growth and "concerns about a double-dip recession have eased," said Eric Butler, UP executive vice president of marketing and sales. Reuters (5/18), Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (5/18), Bloomberg (5/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CP faces possible work stoppage
    Canadian Pacific faces a work stoppage beginning on Wednesday. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference informed the railroad of the possible action following Fred Green’s resignation, citing concern over the possibility of watered-down pension plans. Canadian Labor Minister Lisa Raitt said she is looking at alternatives "to minimize disruptions to freight shipments from any work stoppage." The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (5/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CSX listed among "First Coast Healthiest Companies" in Fla.
    For the fourth year in a row, Jackonsville, Fla.-based CSX was included among "First Coast Healthiest Companies" in the gold category for the Class I's health and wellness programs. "Healthy employees are safe and productive employees, which is why we invest in some of the most cutting-edge health technologies and practices in our industry," said Tom Neilson, CSX chief medical officer. ProgressiveRailroading.com (5/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Infrastructure & Economic Spotlight  
  • MRL resumes rail service in Bitterroot Valley, Mont.
    Montana Rail Link restored its freight rail service in Bitterroot Valley, Mont., after negotiations among railroad, local and county officials. The continuation of service was achieved through cooperation of all involved groups, according to Stevensville Mayor Gene Mim Mack. "Clearly that leadership and encouragement really initiated the process, by which we all took a hard look and said here's an opportunity to work together for the common good," said Mack. KPAX-TV (Missoula, Mont.) (5/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Panel: Calif. HSR still faces risks but is more realistic now
    California's high-speed rail project still faces risks with construction and funding issues, but the latest blueprint from the state's High-Speed Rail Authority is an important step for improvement, according to an independent review panel. Integrating existing urban rail networks with the bullet-train system and constructing an initial route in Los Angeles ahead of schedule are two of the plan's projects that would be beneficial, the panel said. Los Angeles Times/L.A. Now blog (tiered subscription model) (5/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Safety & Security 
  • Safety efforts of 109 chemical shippers recognized by CN
    More than 100 chemical shippers are being honored by Canadian National for their safety efforts. The award is part of the Responsible Care Program, where the Class I is a partner in both the U.S. and Canada. "The safety of our operations is of the utmost importance to CN, and our customers play an important role in ensuring the safety of our employees, communities, and the environment," said Keith Creel, CN's executive vice president and chief operating officer. ProgressiveRailroading.com (5/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BNSF holds TRANSCAER training event in Grand Island, Neb.
    BNSF conducted a TRANSCAER training session in Grand Island, Neb., to teach emergency responders about the proper measures for incidents that involve hazardous materials. "They are going to come away from this training with a knowledge of railroad safety -- where they can park their vehicle and where they cannot -- but primarily how to communicate with the railroads and what resources will come to assist," said Brock Lowman, a BNSF representative. The Grand Island Independent (Neb.) (5/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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