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A Plug-In Heater Helps Norfolk Southern Reduce Emissions and Save Fuel

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Figuring out ways to reduce locomotive diesel burn – Norfolk Southern’s main source of greenhouse gas emissions – resulted in a creative “plug-in” solution in 2015. NS calls it the Sleeper. Working with suppliers, NS’ Mechanical Department developed a custom engine heater system that is being installed at rail yards across NS to reduce unnecessary locomotive idling in cold weather.

CN Releases 2015 Sustainability Report

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CN today issued its fifth sustainability report, Delivering Responsibly, outlining the company’s programs and achievements in safety, corporate governance, community involvement, human resources and environmental sustainability. 

“CN has intensified its commitment to build a sustainable future,” said Luc Jobin, CN executive vice-president and chief financial officer. “I am proud to say sustainability is an integral part of our business strategy touching all aspects of our operation. CN’s long-term success depends on running a safe, sustainable railroad.”

Hacking the Rails: The Journey So Far

Jakub Misiorny is a Software Developer for Bloomberg R&D and one of two Bloomberg mentors advising the HackTrain teams on their journey. Here he shares his experiences so far.
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Originally posted on Bloomberg Now.

We’re 20 hours into our journey and the HackTrain has reached it’s second stop: the beautiful city of York.

Hack the Rails: Bloomberg Climbs Aboard Europe’s First Rail-Based Hackathon

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Originally posted on Bloomberg Now.

On Friday 27 March, 40 of the best developers, designers and entrepreneurial brains from across Europe will climb aboard HackTrain – Europe’s first train travel-focused hackathon – for a unique and inspiring three-day journey powered by Bloomberg.

Rail’s Environmental Advantage

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Moving freight by rail offers an efficient, cost-effective, and immediate way to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. If only 10 percent of long-distance freight now moving by truck moved by rail instead, annual U.S. fuel savings would approach nearly 1 billion gallons and greenhouse gas emissions would fall by around 11 million tons, based on a comparative study of the fuel efficiencies of trains vs. trucks.

New Corridor Terminals Anchor Long-Term Growth

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Norfolk Southern’s intermodal corridor strategy continued to advance in 2013. The most significant developments were the opening of regional intermodal terminal facilities in Charlotte, N.C., and in Franklin County’s Greencastle, Pa. The two facilities are the last “keystone” terminals planned in the first phase of the Crescent Corridor improvement program.

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Norfolk Southern’s intermodal corridor strategy continued to advance in 2013. The most significant developments were the opening of regional intermodal terminal facilities in Charlotte, N.C., and in Franklin County’s Greencastle, Pa. The two facilities are the last “keystone” terminals planned in the first phase of the Crescent Corridor improvement program.

Bloomberg QuickTake: Crude on the Rails

Trains versus Pipelines
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By Tim Catts and Thomas Black | Updated Feb. 18, 2015

 

As Fiery Accidents Pile Up, U.S. Proposes New Rules for Oil Trains

Department of Transportation calls for new speed limits, phaseout of older cars.
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After a string of fiery oil train accidents in recent months, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on Wednesday proposed new rules seeking to address safety concerns over the increasing use of rail to transport crude oil.

The long-promised standards call for a phaseout or retrofit of older rail cars known as DOT-111s, which are known to be vulnerable to leaks and explosions, within two years; new speed and operational restrictions; and a stricter system for testing and classifying mined gases and liquids, among other measures.

BNSF Announces $5 Billion Capital Commitment Program

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Each year BNSF Railway invests significantly in capital commitments to continually enhance and improve its network for the benefit of its customers and the communities it serves. This week BNSF announced a new single-year record capital commitment plan of approximately $5 billion for 2014, approximately a $1 billion increase over its 2013 capital spend.

CSX Recognized On CDP's 2013 Supplier Climate Performance Leadership Index

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 31, 2014 /3BL Media/ -- CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX) today announced that the company achieved a position on the CDP Supplier Climate Performance Leadership Index (SCPLI) for environmental stewardship in 2013. CSX was recognized for its steadfast commitment to helping its customers make informed transportation decisions that reduce carbon emissions and meet their sustainability goals.

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