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December 5, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • CSX names Kingsboro Industrial Sites in N.C. to "Select Sites" list
    CSX recently certified another industrial property as a "Select Site." The Kingsboro Industrial Sites in Edgecombe County, N.C., will be added to the list of other designated areas in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and South Carolina. "Through Select Sites, we can provide increased speed to market and lower up-front development risk for companies seeking industrial property for manufacturing operations," said Clark Robertson, CSX assistant vice president of regional development. (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CP's Harrison outlines steps for corporate growth
    Canadian Pacific is intensely focusing on operations and has started to adopt strategic steps to transform itself into a "more competitive railway," said CP President and CEO Hunter Harrison. "Service will be what drives this organization, by providing a premium, reliable product offering through a lower cost operation," Harrison said. "We have initiated a rapid change agenda and have made tremendous progress in my first 160 days, and we are only getting started." (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CN listed among "10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures" in 2012
    Canadian National has been included in Waterstone Human Capital's "10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures" in Canada in 2012. "CN's business agenda is shaped by what the company stands for: creating value for its customers and shareholders, delivering goods safely and sustainably, supporting the economies we serve, and connecting strongly with our employees," said CN President and CEO Claude Mongeau. (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Infrastructure & Economic Spotlight  
  • 8-day port strike in Calif. ends
    Officials with the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach hammered out a deal Tuesday night that put an end to the eight-day strike. Details of the agreement are not available, but L.A. Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa said, "The employers are not going to outsource." The strike is estimated to have cost Southern California an estimated $8 billion. Reuters (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Part of Empire Corridor now controlled by Amtrak
    Amtrak has assumed control of part of CSX's Empire Corridor right-of-way in New York on Dec. 1. "Amtrak and our state partners can now move forward together and begin work on key infrastructure projects to enhance passenger rail travel in New York State," said Joseph Boardman, Amtrak president and CEO. "The agreement also ensures that CSX will have the ability to continue providing efficient, economical and environmentally beneficial freight rail service to customers and communities on the line," said Louis Renjel, vice president-strategic infrastructure for CSX. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CN helps to maintain N.Y.-Canada passenger-rail service
    Canadian National's cooperation with Amtrak, VIA Rail Canada and the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission in Ontario, Canada, will ensure Amtrak's continued use of the Whirlpool Bridge for its Maple Leaf service. "The new arrangement will allow CN to transfer the rail assets to the agencies responsible for providing passenger rail service over the bridge," said Francois Hebert, CN vice president of network strategies. (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Security 
  • CSX, Operation Lifesaver caution drivers to stay safe
    Cliff Stayton, director of community affairs and safety for CSX, says the Class I does all it can to help drivers stay safe at crossings. He notes that drivers of tractor-trailers need to be especially aware of where the tracks are in relation to the end of their trailers. "It's not what you know that matters, it's what you do," says Helen Sramek, president of Operation Lifesaver. "When you approach a crossing, make the right decision every single time." Challenge Magazine (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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