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February 28, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • AAR: Partial PTC implementation more likely by 2015 deadline
    Although full implementation of positive train control systems across the freight rail industry cannot be done by 2015, "there may be segments of track across the country that will be PTC operable by the 2015 deadline," said Association of American Railroads President and CEO Edward Hamberger. "This is one of the most significant technological undertakings in transportation history. Safely implementing interoperable PTC cannot be rushed -- we must get it right to ensure rail continues to be the safest way to move both people and goods." The Journal of Commerce (2/27), (2/27), RT&S online (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Class I's to boost logistics capabilities of 3 Midwest regions
    BNSF, Canadian National, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific's rail operations in St. Louis and Kansas City and in Will County, Ill., play a significant role in transforming the regions into "logistics mega-hubs," writes Susan Lacefield. This article looks at how the cities are building themselves up and suggests that the Class I's intermodal facilities could bolster the three Midwestern areas' appeal as premier logistics centers. DC Velocity online (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UP gains recognition for automotive logistics efforts
    Union Pacific's automotive logistics operations in China led the company to receive the Significant Contribution Company Award from the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing. "We remain committed to supporting the domestic and international supply chains for the automotive marketplace as a complete transportation and logistics provider," said Linda Brandl, UP vice president and general manager-automotive. Meanwhile, the railroad has named Marty Coalson as the new president of ShipCarsNow, which is a UP subsidiary. (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Infrastructure & Economic Spotlight  
  • Senators propose to create fund for transportation projects
    Sens. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., have introduced the American Infrastructure Investment Fund Act of 2013 that would create a fund specifically geared toward transportation projects. It would be funded with $5 billion a year for two years. "This bill would establish a creative new way to leverage federal funding and increase investment in projects that will expand rail capacity, like the Gateway Tunnel, and projects that will modernize our ports and other infrastructure to meet the growing demands of the 21st century," Lautenberg said. The Journal of Commerce (2/27),, D.C. (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Security 
  • SMART joins other groups urging lawmakers to oppose heavier trucks
    The SMART Transportation Division, which is a component of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, has joined with other groups including AAR to oppose a bill that would allow larger trucks on the road. Union leaders sent a letter to legislators asking them to oppose the bill, citing environmental issues and the costs to motorists to pay for roads damaged by heavier trucks. (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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