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March 15, 2012
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  • CSX lauds safety efforts of chemical customers
    CSX recognized more than 60 shipping companies for their safety efforts with the Chemical Safety Excellence Award. "All of our award winners share CSX's intense focus on the safe transportation of chemical products," said Clarence Gooden, CSX executive vice president and chief commercial officer. Meanwhile, more than 60,000 emergency responders have received hazmat training through the Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response program, an effort supported by chemical manufacturers and transportation industry leaders. (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Traffic growth due to Gateway Pacific Terminal means good jobs
    An increase in rail traffic once the Gateway Pacific Terminal is fully operational would translate into direct and indirect jobs in Bellingham, Wash., as well as in nearby communities, writes Keith Lee. BNSF is expected to provide freight rail service to the terminal. "Gateway Pacific Terminal will provide those jobs: around 4,000 during construction, and over 1,000 direct and indirect jobs when the terminal is operational," according to Lee. The Bellingham Herald (Wash.) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • DOT releases latest report on freight index figures
    The amount of freight shipments by for-hire transportation carriers, including railroads, slipped 3.6% in January compared to December 2011 levels, according to the Transportation Department's Freight Transportation Services Index. However, the index climbed 1.6% in January year-on-year. Transport Topics (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. transportation agencies close to acquiring $1B for rail upgrades
    A $1 billion budget for rail upgrades along local rail lines in southern California is moving closer to the hands of the region's transportation agencies. The funds would come from the state's high-speed rail money. "This would be very, very important in accelerating investments in that region that not only can improve transportation systems today, but lay the foundation for laying high speed rail tomorrow," said California High-Speed Rail Authority Chairman Dan Richard. KPCC-FM (Los Angeles) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Security 
  • BNSF, local police partner to enforce rail laws in Newton, Kan.
    BNSF partnered with local police officers in Newton, Kan., to warn drivers against the consequences of disobeying train safety rules. The joint effort also addressed drivers entering private property for a quick shortcut. "Trespassing is a misdemeanor, and they can be arrested," said Craig Dunlevy, a member of the Newton Police Department. "It's dangerous out there. They have had some near misses with trains, and with their employees on the yard." The Newton Kansan (Kan.) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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