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September 25, 2012
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  • CSX: Unit train service offers more benefits to shippers
    The completion of the $11 million Tampa Gateway Rail Terminal at the Port of Tampa in Florida will develop the port's unit train service, which is a more economical and efficient way of shipping products, according to CSX. "It's very beneficial for shippers and railroads to be able to transport these commodities in a train dedicated to that commodity," said CSX spokesman Gary Sease. "It reduces costs. It improves the reliability of those deliveries." Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Professional Transportation to expand, add jobs
    Railroad crew transportation provider Professional Transportation will expand its footprint in Evansville, Ind., and add 100 jobs in the process. The company already provides rail crew transportation services to Union Pacific and Amtrak and will add service for Canadian Pacific and others. The Indianapolis Star (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Case for Infrastructure Investment
When complete, the Tower 55 Surface Improvements Project will increase rail capacity by an estimated 30 percent, relieve freight congestion and improve livability in the Fort Worth area. Learn how HDR is helping BNSF and UP deliver estimated public benefits of $27.50 per $1 of federal investment, including securing a $34 million TIGER grant.
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  • Repairs under way on flood-stricken Alaska Railroad track
    A 70-mile length of track in Alaska between Willow and Gold Creek has been damaged by flood waters, and crews from Alaska Railroad have been working around the clock to make repairs. Until the track has been repaired, there won't be freight service between Fairbanks and Anchorage. "The needs of community stakeholders remain at the forefront of our thoughts as we manage our way through the restoration of rail service along the critical Anchorage-Fairbanks corridor," said Chris Aadnesen, ARRC president and CEO. ProgressiveRailroading.com (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EMD, Bombardier partner for locomotive exports to Asia
    Electro-Motive Diesel will expand its client network in the Southeast Asia and Pacific regions through a diesel-electric locomotive partnership with Bombardier in India. "In September 2011, we announced the opening of a facility in Patli for locomotive traction control systems, and we want to continue to invest in the region with this and other promising projects," said EMD President and CEO Billy Ainsworth. Business Standard (India) (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy & Environmental Watch 
  • BNSF-served facility in N.D. marks first unit train shipment
    Served by BNSF, Enbridge Rail's crude oil facility in Berthold, N.D., shipped its first unit train of Bakken crude through Bridger Transfer Services. The partnership with Enbridge "offers our logistics customers greater access to premium markets, gives Enbridge the commitment they need to make these important investments in infrastructure, and provides Bridger's customers in North Dakota with another way to export the ever-increasing production in the Bakken," said Bridger Logistics Chairman and CEO James Ballengee. ProgressiveRailroading.com (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Safety & Security 
  • Siemens' Trainguard PTC gets "positive" reviews at TTCI
    Siemens tested its Trainguard PTC system at Colorado's Transportation Technology Center, Inc. during the summer and said it received "positive feedback." One of the positive train control system's key features is its ability to "automatically [stop] a freight train close to a red signal or under overspeed conditions without any driver intervention." RailwayAge.com (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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