Kansas City Southern has launched a new branding initiativehighlighting its capabilities throughout North America.
The new brand incorporates the existing red logos of KansasCity Southern Railway Co., Kansas City Southern de Mexico SA de CV, and PanamaCanal Railway Co., along with the tag line “Business Without Borders.”
KCS said it will begin using the new brand on marketingmaterials, videos, print materials, and online efforts.
“KCS has both a proud history anda very bright future,” KCS CEO David Starling said in a statement. “Our unique cross-border franchise, with access to keyports on the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Ocean, and strategic relationships withrail, truck and ocean shipping partners, truly allows KCS to offertransportation solutions to move our customers’ goods anywhere in the world.”
“Managing Risk and Minimizing Claims During Railroad Construction” is a featured seminar set for 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at the 2011 NRC Annual Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Featured panel speakers include: Larry Laurello, representing Ashtabula, Ohio-based Delta Railroad Construction; T.H. Lyda and Chad Wissinger of Pittsburgh-based law firm Burns White LLC; and John Zuspan of Track Guy Consultants, Cannonsburg, Pa.
For more information on the seminar, contact Julie Meyers at 484-567-5738; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Seminar registration is available at www.nrcma.org/ps.nrcconference.
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that trade using surface transportation between the U. S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico was 19.3% higher in September 2010 than in September 2009, reaching $68.3 billion. It remained 4.8% below September 2008.
In September, 86.9% of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moved on land, largely by rail, truck, and pipeline. Imports were up 30.6%% compared with September 2000, while exports were up 49.9%.
The Association of American Railroads Wednesday said the Railroad Research Foundation (RRF), an AAR-affiliate organization, has been awarded a Railroad Safety Technology Grant from the Department of Transportation for ongoing implementation of a risk management tool necessary for railroads to comply with federal regulations regarding the transportation of hazardous materials.
Funded through the Railroad Safety Technology Grant Program (RSTG), the grant provides $1.54 million for enhancement and ongoing implementation of the Rail Corridor Risk Management System (RCRMS), a web-based software tool used by railroads to analyze the safest, most secure routes for the transportation of certain hazardous materials. The technology is being developed in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). “We are pleased that the Department of Transportation has recognized the Railroad Research Foundation for their important work,” said AAR President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger (pictured at left). “As evidence by our industry’s stellar safety record, railroads are constantly working to ensure the safety of our employees and thecommunities we serve. The Rail Corridor Risk Management System is yet another tool to aid both railroads and our government partners in that mission.”Railroads, as required by federal regulations promulgated by PHMSA in 2008, must conduct ongoing comprehensive risk analyses of the primary routes used to ship certain hazardous materials and any alternative routes over which they have authority to operate. These analyses include a minimum of 27 specific risk factors including input provided by state and local governments. The tool will also take into consideration the presence of train control systems in the risk scores for the routes. The RCRMS tool is critical to the evaluation of these routes, enabling to industry to accomplish the objectives of the PHMSA Final Rule, AAR said.Seven grants totaling $50 million were awarded by DOT through the RSTG Program, which was created by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA). The program requires that selected projects be ready for deployment within 24months of receiving a grant award and that grantees share 20% of the total cost.Based in Washington, D.C., RRF is a non-profit policy research organization devoted to sustaining a safe, secure, technologically advanced, and productive marketplace-driven railroad industry. RRF research efforts focus on improving the safety, security, and efficiency of passenger and freight rail operations.