Railroad News Roundup for Feb. 16, 2003

CPR Named Finalist For Prestigious Prize In Operations Management

CALGARY, Alberta – Canadian Pacific Railway, in partnership with MultiModal Applied Systems, Inc., has been named a finalist in the prestigious 2003 Franz Edelman Award for Management Science Achievement for its groundbreaking work in scheduled railroading.

CPR was nominated for its integrated operating plan, a multi-phase scheduled operations initiative that has taken more than $300 million out of the company’s cost base.

Freight Railroads Establish Goal of 18 Percent Greenhouse Gas Reduction

WASHINGTON — The nation’s freight railroads today announced that they expect to reduce the rate of greenhouse gas emissions by 18 percent by 2012, as part of President Bush’s “Climate VISION” initiative. Over the past two decades, the nation’s railroads have dramatically reduced the rate of greenhouse gases emissions through new technology and improved operating practices.

“The commitments exemplified by the… rail industry… are exactly the sort of voluntary efforts that Americans are known for, and exactly the sort needed to meet President Bush’s ambitious vision to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson.

Union Pacific Advises Gering Residents to Vacate Right-of-Way For Construction

OMAHA, Neb. – Union Pacific Railroad is advising Gering, Neb. residents who have been illegally using railroad right-of-way to vacate the property. Company officials said people have been parking recreational vehicles and boats on railroad property as well as cultivating gardens.

Construction crews will be in Gering March 1 to begin work on a second main track that will use the land alongside the existing main line track. About nine miles of new track will be built, connecting Union Pacific’s double track main line on each side of Gering.

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