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February 19, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • New locomotives bolster freight rail efficiency
    Source: FastCoExist
    The fuel efficiency of freight railroads is four times greater than that of trucks, according to this article. In addition, the carbon footprint of freight trains is 75% lower compared to trucks covering the same distance, according to the Association of American Railroads. And even that is improving. For instance, General Electric has a new high-technology locomotive that uses "11% less fuel than the existing locomotive average in North America," according to the company. FastCoExist (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • FEC's new intermodal partnership to offer more reliable service
    Florida East Coast's joint intermodal partnership with Christenson Transportation is expected to offer more efficient service from the Tennessee-Kentucky border and Florida. "We have handled over 100 rail shipments since the program began this past summer," said Paul Stykitus, Christenson Transportation's sales director. "We've done very well in the test phase and are aggressively pursuing the accommodation of additional volume. Operationally, coordination with the Florida East Coast Railway has been outstanding." (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure & Economic Spotlight  
  • Schumer looks for loan to upgrade CSX-served Lake Ontario port
    Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is looking for a $1.5 million loan from the Federal Railroad Administration to upgrade New York's Port of Oswego on Lake Ontario. CSX has been unable to service the port because of unaligned rail and non-working switches. "The fact that the Port of Oswego's rail line -- a critical link between the port and local supply chains -- has been left to decay is unacceptable, and the Federal Railroad Administration should immediately provide funding to revamp this crucial one mile of rail," Schumer said. The Citizen (Auburn, N.Y.) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ARRC continues work on 3,000-foot bridge in Alaska
    Construction work has resumed on an Alaska Railroad bridge across the Tanana River in Salcha, Alaska. It's expected to be the longest span in the state at 3,000 feet. The bridge will be used to transfer military vehicles and staff to the training grounds on the other side of the river once the project is completed next year. KUAC-TV/KUAC-FM (Fairbanks, Alaska) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & Environmental Watch 
  • Crude-by-rail reinvigorates NE refineries, helps jobs
    Freight railroads carried 46% more petroleum and petroleum products last year than they did a year earlier. This is thanks to drilling in various shale formations in the U.S. The shipments have reinvigorated Northeast refineries. "What we have lost in coal we have gained in oil," said Cynthia Scarano, executive vice president for Pan Am Railways. "It saved jobs." The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CN gives update on natural gas research project
    Canadian National's research experiment on two locomotives fueled by liquefied natural gas is "progressing well," said CN spokesman Mark Hallman. The Class I's project is one of several in Canada that aim to explore the viability of using LNG as a substitute for diesel fuel. However, the idea faces several challenges such as "the adoption of industry standards because locomotives from one railway often run on another carrier’s network," Hallman said. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Security 
  • Texas college campus gets rail car donated by BNSF
    BNSF has donated a tanker car to Tarrant County College's Northwest Campus in Texas. The school has a Fire Service Training Center where, initially, 150 to 200 railroad personnel will undergo hazardous materials training. With the donation, "We will be able to do a better job of hands-on training in all of our HazMat training initiatives," said James Craft, assistant coordinator for the training center. Fort Worth Business Press (Texas) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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