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In the latest of a series of supply-chain initiatives, Canadian National has signed a memorandum of understanding with Western Stevedoring Company Ltd. and several forest-products companies a for seven-day-a-week unloading services at Western Stevedoring's Lynnterm Terminal at Port Metro Vancouver (PMV).

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On the 100th anniversary of the opening of New York City's Penn Station, New York City's Penn Station, city, state, and federal officials gathered Oct. 18 for the groundbreaking for Phase I of the new Moynihan Station, which Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said "is poised to be one of the greatest transportation and infrastructure legacies of our generation."

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Norfolk Southern announced Oct. 19 that is launching a  "One Line, Infinite Possibilities" advertising campaign that it says builds on its "Thoroughbred of Transportation" communications program, now in its 28th year.

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When Amtrak partnered with IMAGES USA to create a television commercial targeting the Hispanic community, the strategy was clear—produce a culturally relevant, Spanish-language commercial showcasing the unique on-board benefits of train travel in order to increase brand awareness among Hispanic consumers.

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Union Pacific on Oct. 18 celebrated the opening of its 785-acre Joliet Intermodal Terminal, which it said  “increases international and domestic container capacity while improving rail traffic efficiencies througho ...
The Kansas Department ofTransportation announced Oct. 18 that an agreement for a $35 million grant to BNSF from the state’s Rail Assistance Program has been finalized. BNSF announced simultaneously that it has selected T.J. Lambrech ...
Surface Transportation Board Commissioner and former Chairman Charles D. Nottingham said that he will not seek a second term on the Board when his current term expires Dec. 31. ...
Donald M. Itzkoff, a nationally recognized rail policy expert with 25 years of experience in transportation and technology issues, has joined the executive staff of GE Transportation as Executive Counsel, Public Policy and Government Relations for North America, effective Oct. 25, 2010. He will b ...
Tidal waves, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, towering infernos, comets and asteroids hurtling toward Earth, railroads: All make good fodder for violence-filled action movies. Yes folks, another runaway train movie will soon open in theaters everywhere. This one’s sure to inspire confid ...

In a 17-page filing submitted Wednesday, Oct. 13, the United Spinal Association, a non-profit group, charged New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority with advancing “a major renovation of Dyckman Street Station, and to spend many millions of dollars doing so, without doing the disability access work that would allow people with disabilities and seniors to actually use the facility.”

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MTA is arguing that the subway station, located on the No. 1 line in northern Manhattan, is not a key transfer station nor a top 100 “key”station required to be complaint with the Americans with Disabilities Act by2020, as measured by ridership. MTA also says it cannot fully fund theimprovements sought by the association, including elevator access, alluding to the “unfunded mandate” levied by Congress.

But the association filing counters, “Federal law requires that when alterations are made to an existing transit facility, at least 20% of the cost of the alterations must be spent on making the altered facility accessible to and usable by people with disabilities … ”

MTA last July began work on the $47 million rehabilitation project, which includes platform replacement and track replacement.

 

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