" The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials yesterday held a hearing to gather stakeholders' perspectives on what's needed to improve the nation's rail infrastructure..."
"The big Class Is are by no means the only railroads providing critical links in the U.S. intermodal network.
Class III short lines, as well as Class II regionals, play integral roles in the supply chain..."
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"... Bottom line, rail transportation is essential to the American way of life. Twenty percent of the nation’s chemicals that are vital to public health and the the American standard of living are carried by rail. This includes 35,000 carloads, annually, of chlorine, which is needed to purify more than half of the nation’s water supply and contained in 85 percent of all pharmaceuticals..."
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“The more things change, the more they stay the same. This year promises to be a busy one in Washington, with a new administration and Congress promising plenty of action and reform. Confirmation hearings, budget negotiations, tax and regulatory reform and a rumored infrastructure package all dot the map…”
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“The freight railroad industry is calling on the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to suspend all major rulemaking efforts until the new administration is in place and has appointed and confirmed a full five-person board.
Such a pause is in line with Donald Trump’s call for a temporary moratorium on all new regulation and a full review of both proposed and existing rules, as well as the process in which rules are made…”
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Norfolk Southern Railway’s Safety Train educated 1,926 first responders on its 18-city tour during 2016, the Class I announced today…
“A new study quantifies for the first time just how vital the freight rail network is to our local, state and national economies… the new research shows that every single railroad job supports nine additional jobs elsewhere in the economy…”
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“Trains may not be as sexy as solar panels and wind turbines, but their capacity to reduce the environmental footprint of humanity is substantial by comparison…”
“Over the years, Pennsylvania’s economy and railroads grew in tandem. Today, more freight railroads operate in the Keystone State than in any other state. Large railroads like CSX and Norfolk Southern and smaller ones combined to form a rail network in Pennsylvania spanning more than 5,000 miles…”
“The number of freight tons moving across the United States is estimated to increase 40 percent and the value of freight will almost double over the next three decades, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced yesterday…”
The TRAC family wishes you a Happy Holiday Season and reminds you that a New Year Resolution for 2016 is to better manage your rail risk. TRAC can design, build, maintain, and operate your rail project, growth, facility and inspection. We are an industry leader in all rail related services and maintain one of the best safety records in the industry. Contact us for a visit during 2016!
“THE UNITED STATES’ freight rail network is the finest and safest in the world, crisscrossing North America to connect the largest ports up and down the East and West coasts, as well as the Gulf of Mexico. All at an unbeatable cost to taxpayers — nothing. The railroads own, maintain, and pay taxes on their infrastructure.”