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December 24, 2012
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  • NS receives positive feedback on business relationships
    Norfolk Southern has been instrumental in transforming Reading & Northern into an efficient short-line railroad in Pennsylvania because of its remarkable way of keeping close business relationships, said Andrew Muller Jr., Reading & Northern chairman and CEO. "Our interaction with NS Operations has been good for so long that I almost take it for granted," Muller said. "NS helps us to meet our customer's service expectations, and as we raise the bar on our own performance, NS is there to help us exceed expectations." (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GWI's acquisition of RailAmerica receives STB approval
    Genesee & Wyoming's plan to acquire RailAmerica's 45 regional and short line railroads recently gained approval from the Surface Transportation Board. The approval came after STB ruled that GWI's acquisition plan will not reduce competition significantly, lead to a monopoly, hamper interstate commerce or improve market power. The agency's decision is scheduled to take effect on Friday. (12/21), RT&S online (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Rep. Mica's chairmanship of House T&I achieved "impressive" feats
    Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., detailed how his leadership of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee was a success, writes Keith Laing. "I am proud of the hard work of Committee members and the impressive record we all have achieved in helping to improve our infrastructure, reform federal programs, and put people back to work," Mica said. Meanwhile, 10 House Democrats were appointed as new members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The Hill/Transportation blog (12/21), The Hill/Transportation blog (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ore. port grants contract extension for coal terminal project
    A request to prolong an exclusive negotiating deal between the Port of Coos Bay, Ore., and project developers of a coal terminal project has been approved to give more time in resolving issues. "Project Mainstay continues to explore bulk commodity markets, specifically export steam coal, and discuss rail transportation issues with Western U.S. Class I railroads," according to a report. SNL Financial (free content) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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