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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Transportation News) Sep 23, 2012

AAR: Rail traffic down, but intermodal volume rises Freight carload traffic on major U.S. railroads dropped 2.9% in the week ending Sept. 15 versus year-ago levels, but intermodal continued its upward path and was up 3.9%, according to the Association of American Railroads. However, each measure was up from the previous week. Petroleum shipments increased 46.3% year-on-year, posting the highest gain among the 20 carload categories, AAR noted. Sep 21, 2012

Wis. to deliver $12M in loans, grants for freight rail projects Wisconsin will award six loans and two grants worth a total of $12 million to freight rail projects in the state. "Wisconsin's freight-rail system plays a major role in our state's economy, moving raw materials to industry and finished products to markets," said Gov. Scott Walker.

Sep 21, 2012

Rail traffic down, but intermodal volume rises. Freight carload traffic on major U.S. railroads dropped 2.9% in the week ending Sept. 15 versus year-ago levels, but intermodal continued its upward path and was up 3.9%, according to the Association of American Railroads. However, each measure was up from the previous week. Petroleum shipments increased 46.3% year-on-year, posting the highest gain among the 20 carload categories, AAR noted. Sep 21, 2012

MHSRA, NARP support Amtrak on issue of GOP's funding oversight The Midwest High Speed Rail Association and the National Association of Railroad Passengers expressed support for Amtrak in reaction to a move by Republican lawmakers to investigate and perhaps end funding subsidies the railroad receives each year. "The value of long-distance train routes is often overlooked because of the misconception that air travel has made such routes obsolete," according to a joint report by the two groups. "Long-distance trains are cost-efficient -- a finding that may surprise many." Sep 20, 2012

Mich. to benefit from rail development plans in Ill., Ind. Michigan is expected to gain from the $71.3 million plan to ease congestion in Indiana and the $141 million Englewood flyover project in Chicago. The projects would provide a more seamless network for freight and Amtrak's intercity passenger railroads, said Tim Hoeffner, Michigan Transportation Department rail director. "Anything that we can do to improve the flow of traffic, rail traffic to and from and through Chicago, is a benefit to Michigan," Hoeffner said. Sep 19, 2012

8 freight rail projects win grants from N.J. DOT Grants totaling $6.6 million from the New Jersey Transportation Department's Rail Freight Assistance Program will be distributed among eight freight rail projects. "The range of these grants illustrates how diverse modes of travel give shape to New Jersey's robust transportation network," said state DOT Commissioner James Simpson. "These grants promote air, rail and vehicular transportation, each of which plays a role in driving our economy." Sep 18, 2012

AAR's Railinc sees constant growth due to rising traffic, investment Growth in rail traffic and investment in products has sparked a growth surge at Railinc, a for-profit subsidiary of AAR. The company's products and services help freight railroads achieve smooth operations, including energy-efficiency goals. Rainlinc has benefited from the expansion of rail due to increasing recognition of rail's fuel efficiency, especially in a time of rising fuel costs. "We are four times more fuel-efficient than trucks," said AAR spokeswoman Holly Arthur. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) Sep 17, 2012

Rail to be a permanent transport option for Canadian oil shipments The flexibility of railroads such as BNSF, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific is a key factor for more crude-by-rail shipments from Canada as a permanent alternative to pipelines. As much as 25% of the country's crude could be shipped by rail by 2035, according to pipeline carrier Enbridge. "There is a permanent place for rail in the crude market," said Tracy Robinson, CP vice president. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Sep 17, 2012

BNSF BNSF, UP-served Calif. ports to roll out $700M development program. An estimated $700 million project to enhance rail infrastructure is being planned for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., which are served by BNSF, Union Pacific and Pacific Harbor Line. The initiative aims to create more on-dock rail capacity that would lead to fewer trucks throughout the ports, said Carlo Luzzi, a professional engineer for the Port of Long Beach. Sep 20, 2012

BNSF BNSF earns recognition for engineering efforts . BNSF won the 2012 Dr. William W. Hay Award for Excellence in recognition of its engineering accomplishments. The Class I's "Rising Above: How BNSF Overcame the 2011 Floods" entry during the AREMA Annual Conference in Chicago showcased the railroad's "massive engineering effort" to bounce back in the aftermath of destructive floods. Sep 19, 2012

Canadian National Canadian National's operations near Stevens Point, Wis., are a key reason for a planned industrial park, said Mayor Andrew Halverson. The project is an effort to attract more businesses and create jobs in the area. "The Canadian National Railroad is a tremendous piece of this industrial puzzle that we want to bring to fruition," Halverson explained. Sep 20, 2012

Canadian National CN could grow with new construction in British Columbia. Canadian National stands to benefit from new construction of fertilizer plants and expanded mining in British Columbia, says Benoit Poirier, Desjardins Capital Markets analyst. Poirier said CN could see its shipments of potash, urea and coal all grow. The Class I is also part of an estimated $800 million collaboration to boost capacity at the Port of Prince Rupert. Sep 18, 2012

Canadian National Canadian National stands to benefit from new construction of fertilizer plants and expanded mining in British Columbia, says Benoit Poirier, Desjardins Capital Markets analyst. Poirier said CN could see its shipments of potash, urea and coal all grow. The Class I is also part of an estimated $800 million collaboration to boost capacity at the Port of Prince Rupert. Sep 18, 2012

CSX CSX's $95M intermodal project crucial for Md.'s economic growth. CSX's plan to build a $95 million intermodal facility in Baltimore is vital for the city and state's economic growth, according to this editorial. The project is expected to strengthen the Class I's rail capacity by 30% to handle a projected increase in cargo volume at the Port of Baltimore. The plan "represents a significant and welcome boost to the economy -- not only because CSX jobs are high-paying but because the welfare of the port is so vital to Maryland's economic future," the editors write. Sep 21, 2012

CSX CSX's $95M intermodal project crucial for Md.'s economic growth. CSX's plan to build a $95 million intermodal facility in Baltimore is vital for the city and state's economic growth, according to this editorial. The project is expected to strengthen the Class I's rail capacity by 30% to handle a projected increase in cargo volume at the Port of Baltimore. The plan "represents a significant and welcome boost to the economy -- not only because CSX jobs are high-paying but because the welfare of the port is so vital to Maryland's economic future," the editors write. Sep 21, 2012

CSX CSX listed in Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 2 years in a row. CSX earned a spot on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the second consecutive year. "Sustainable practices improve today's operations and position CSX for a strong future," said CSX Chairman, President and CEO Michael Ward. "CSX remains committed to transparency and accountability and will continue to implement new sustainability strategies as our business grows. Sep 20, 2012

CSX CSX named as service provider for logistics park in Indianapolis. CSX was chosen by the Indianapolis Industrial Center to serve businesses at an industrial facility in Indianapolis. "With rail service, we can pursue a wide range of business partnerships through CSX, and position the park to serve the needs of logistics and manufacturing companies throughout central Indiana and around the Midwest," said IIC President Don Foley Jr. Sep 18, 2012

CSX CSX was chosen by the Indianapolis Industrial Center to serve businesses at an industrial facility in Indianapolis. "With rail service, we can pursue a wide range of business partnerships through CSX, and position the park to serve the needs of logistics and manufacturing companies throughout central Indiana and around the Midwest," said IIC President Don Foley Jr. Sep 18, 2012

CSX CSX, NS projects aim to help Va. port reduce traffic buildup. CSX's National Gateway initiative and Norfolk Southern's Heartland Corridor program are expected to help alleviate congestion at the Port of Hampton Roads in Virginia. The two Class I's recently met with the state's port officials to discuss solutions, including double-stacking operations. "We firmly believe that the future of the port's growth is going to come predominantly from rail," said Joe Dorto, Virginia International Terminals president and CEO. Sep 17, 2012

Norfolk Southern NS to serve $60M biofuel facility in Ga. . Norfolk Southern will provide rail service for General Biofuels Georgia's planned $60 million biofuel facility in Sandersville, Ga., for the transportation of wood pellets to the Port of Savannah, according to the state's Department of Economic Development. "The biofuels industry in Georgia is growing by leaps and bounds," said Chris Cummiskey, the agency's commissioner. "We have more commercial timberland than any other state in the country, as well as the workforce and the logistics infrastructure needed to move the product quickly and efficiently to market." Sep 19, 2012

Union Pacific Short line, UP to service industrial parks in N.M.. A $3 million to $4 million project will add 2.5 miles of track at industrial parks in Santa Teresa, N.M. Santa Teresa Southern Railroad will operate in the parks and connect to Union Pacific. The city announced three other projects for the area, and the four together are expected to create nearly 140 jobs. Sep 21, 2012

Union Pacific UP to conduct soil decontamination project in Ore. Union Pacific is planning a 36,000-ton soil decontamination project on rail property in Ashland, Ore., working with CH2M HILL. The land is zoned for commercial and housing development. "I don't want to lose sight of the fact that once you're done, the earth down there is going to be a lot better off than it is now," City Council member Dennis Slattery. Sep 20, 2012

Union Pacific UP encourages rail safety awareness in hunting season. Union Pacific is advising hunters to observe rail safety measures during this year's hunting season. The Class I also warned about the dangers of trespassing on railroad property. "As part of our UP CARES initiative, we want to remind hunters that walking on or near railroad tracks is extremely dangerous because you never know when a train will come along," said Robert Morrison, UP chief of police. Sep 18, 2012

Union Pacific Union Pacific is advising hunters to observe rail safety measures during this year's hunting season. The Class I also warned about the dangers of trespassing on railroad property. "As part of our UP CARES initiative, we want to remind hunters that walking on or near railroad tracks is extremely dangerous because you never know when a train will come along," said Robert Morrison, UP chief of police. Sep 18, 2012

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