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January 16, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • NS plans rail yard relocation in Ill. for consolidation project
    Norfolk Southern is planning to transfer its rail yard in Springfield, Ill., to help consolidate freight and passenger-rail traffic along the 10th Street corridor. Union Pacific is also involved in the proposal, which already received approval from the Federal Railroad Administration. "We certainly support consolidation," said NS spokesman Robin Chapman. "We recognize the public benefits of shifting that traffic over." The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UP's Barry Michaels elected as new chairman of IANA's board
    Barry Michaels, Union Pacific's vice president of intermodal operations, was recently elected as the new chairman of the Intermodal Association of North America's board of directors. Michaels will succeed David Manning, who will remain as board member. Other current members included William Clement, CSX's vice president of intermodal, and Robert Huffman, Norfolk Southern's vice president of intermodal operation. The Journal of Commerce (1/15), ProgressiveRailroading.com (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure & Economic Spotlight  
  • Failing infrastructure has "cascading impact" on U.S. economy
    Failure to spend an additional $157 billion between now and 2020 to upgrade the U.S. infrastructure, including surface transportation, aviation, waterways, the electrical grid and sewers, could lead to losses of more than $3.1 trillion in gross domestic product and $1.1 trillion in total trade -- as well as a loss of 3.5 million jobs, according to the "Failure to Act" report by the American Society of Civil Engineers. "Infrastructure is the lifeblood of our economy and provides the foundation for assuring a high quality of life for all Americans," said ASCE President Gregory DiLoreto. "If we don't invest now, all Americans will pay more in the long run." Bloomberg (1/15), Reuters (1/15), Business Insider (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Benefits of rail prompt L.A. port to build $138M facility
    A $138 million rail-yard project at the Port of Los Angeles is expected to boost the port's competitiveness and increase staging and storage capacity for Alameda Corridor-bound trains, port officials said. The plan is also expected to provide a more sustainable option for freight shipments. "The most environmentally friendly way to move containers is to put them on rail right out of the port," said Geraldine Knatz, the port's executive director. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CSX, NS prepare double-stacking plans ahead of wider Panama Canal
    CSX and Norfolk Southern have been at work in anticipation of a wider Panama Canal and more shipments to East Coast ports. CSX expects to build a $90 million transfer facility a few miles from Maryland’s Port of Baltimore, and NS is readying tunnels to handle double-stacked trains. "The expanded canal will change global shipping, and is already beginning to do so," said Jorge Luis Quijano, Panama Canal administrator. The Washington Post (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Security 
  • KCS, local police promote crossing safety in Alice, Texas
    Kansas City Southern recently participated in an "Officer on a Train" event in collaboration with police in Alice, Texas, to promote crossing safety. "KCS takes its position as a positive corporate citizen very seriously and we are committed to improving public safety in the communities where we operate," said Allen Pepper, KCS public safety director. RT&S online (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SmartQuote 
Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat."
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
American poet and educator


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