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November 12, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • CSX, BNSF in top 5 of Military Friendly Employers
    Nearly 30% of companies in the U.S. are recruiting military veterans, up from just 9% a year ago, according to a survey by CareerBuilder. Among those that actively recruit vets are CSX and BNSF, both of which ranked in the top 5 companies of Military Friendly's list of Military Friendly Employers. The Huffington Post (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Railroads among first to bounce back in aftermath of Sandy
    CSX and Norfolk Southern were among the first companies to rebound quickly after Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc in the U.S. supply chain, according to industry experts. The freight and logistics industry's swift recovery is expected to help revive the Northeast region's economy. Railroads were credited for diverting shipments from damaged areas and finding alternative delivery options. Reuters (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amtrak rolls out "Train of Hope" to help Sandy relief efforts
    Amtrak is helping victims of Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey to recover with its "Train of Hope" program, which involves the delivery of relief aid from Slidell, La. "Amtrak is looking for more ways to help the recovery and when presented with this idea we said 'yes' and found a way to make it work," said Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman. Examiner.com (11/11), RailwayAge.com (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Infrastructure & Economic Spotlight  
  • Mica to discuss possibility of remaining chairman of House T&I
    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., will meet with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, this week to discuss the possibility of staying on as committee chairman, a House GOP aide said. Mica, who is reaching his term limit under House Republican rules as the panel's chief, hasn't said whether he will seek a waiver to serve again. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., has expressed interest in the committee chairmanship. The Hill/Transportation blog (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • L.A. commission approves $55.7M contract for rail project
    A $55.7 million construction deal for the South Wilmington Grade Separation project at the Port of Los Angeles has received approval from the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners. The job is part of a $365 million project to upgrade the TraPac facility at the port, which is serviced by BNSF, Pacific Harbor Line and Union Pacific. Overall, the port plans a $1.2 billion investment in the next five years to keep up with global competition. ProgressiveRailroading.com (11/9), Logistics Management (free registration) (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Iowa Pacific plans rail facility expansion in Texas
    A second rail transload facility near Seagraves, Texas, is being planned and West Texas and Lubbock Railway have completed property acquisitions, according to Iowa Pacific Holdings. "Our goal is to keep pace with the needs of our existing customers and to be prepared to accommodate new customers in the basin," said Iowa Pacific President Ed Ellis. "Over the past few months, three new crude-oil shippers have begun operation on the Texas-New Mexico, largely on property provided by Iowa Pacific." ProgressiveRailroading.com (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy & Environmental Watch 
  • More shippers turn to rail for crude oil shipments
    Crude-by-rail shipping is gaining popularity among oil producers. Southern Pacific Resource plans to open a rail facility in Alberta, Canada, so it can ship to Natchez, Miss. Canadian National and Canadian Pacific's oil shipments have steadily increased as rail transport becomes "another safe and viable alternative for transporting bitumen," said Southern Pacific CEO Byron Lutes. The Edmonton Journal (Alberta)/Bloomberg/Reuters (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Safety & Security 
  • CSX supports Operation Lifesaver's safety campaign in S.C.
    CSX helped Operation Lifesaver deliver its crossing safety message in Florence, S.C., through the distribution of educational materials to motorists and pedestrians. "We speak to school groups, driver education classes, community audiences, professional drivers, law enforcement officers, and emergency responders," said Janice Cowen, state coordinator for Operation Lifesaver. "Our programs are co-sponsored by federal, state and local government agencies, highway safety organizations and America's railroads." SCNow.com (South Carolina)/Morning News (Florence, S.C.), The (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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