Wednesday, October 21, 2009

ALK touts availability of PC*MILER|Rail 16

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Princeton, N.J.-based ALK Technologies, Inc. has announced the availability of PC*MILER|Rail 16, its latest software update for rail routing, mileage, and mapping. The company says its close working relationship with all major railroads has resulted in the most accurate digital representation of the current North American rail network.

Version 16 contains enhanced features such as extensive data update of rail freight stations, railroads, interline routing, and track ownership rights, as well as the CN and CP post-merger systems.

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PC*MILER|Rail, when used together with PC*MILER, can be used to analyze intermodal alternatives to truck-only moves, according to ALKTechnologies’ Mark Hornung, senior vice president, Operations. “Using the new PC*MILER Intermodal Analysis template, shippers and logistics providers can now find nearby ramps, compare truck and rail-intermodal mileage, as well as estimate savings in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions,” Hornung says.

ALK Technologies notes all Class I railroads have adopted PC*MILER|Rail for their mileage calculations, as have most rail car lessors and large rail shippers.