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TransCore's Canadian Freight Index remains unchanged for August
TransCore's Canadian Freight Index remained static for August, while truck capacity retreated modestly after July's rare spike, the company announced today.
Year-over-year volumes decreased 26 percent from August 2014, while cross-border loads leaving Canada declined 10 percent and loads coming into Canada shrunk 36 percent year-over-year.
Intra-Canada load volumes were down 22 percent from August 2014 and represented 28 percent of the total load volumes.
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Railroads warn of service disruption as PTC deadline looms
Metra and other railroads are warning that rail service could be disrupted after Jan. 1, 2016, if Congress doesn't address a looming federal deadline for positive train control implementation that most railroads say they won't be able to meet.
In a notice addressed to Chicago-area commuters, Metra Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Don Orseno said that there is a "strong possibility that we would not be able to operate in 2016" unless Congress approves an extension of the Dec. 31 deadline for railroads to implement PTC safety technology.
CP's ongoing push to refine its operating plan
My Progressive Railroading
Canadian Pacific leaders E. Hunter Harrison and Keith Creel have sought to implement an operating plan that can can boost productivity, increase asset utilization and lower expenses in any business environment. The operating model they continue to refine is designed to help the Class I adjust or optimize assets, control costs, and drive earnings and income growth regardless of fluctuations in traffic demand.
CN Rail alleges corporate espionage in suit against CP, ex-employee
The Globe and Mail
An employee of Canadian National Railway Co. shared secret customer information with Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. to help the rival lure clients and win market share, CN says in a lawsuit that sets up a courtroom battle over alleged corporate espionage.
CN alleges it lost revenue and market share to CP after confidential customer contracts, pricing information and the corporate business plan were downloaded by an employee who then quit and accepted a job at CP.
Canadian railways honored for environmental, safety initiatives
The Railway Association of Canada recognized five members for their contributions to rail safety and environmental stewardship.
The RAC Safety Award winners for 2015 are VIA Rail Canada Inc., CN, GO Transit and Central Maine and Quebec Railway. The RAC Environment Award winners are Canadian Pacific and GO Transit.
"This year's award winners represent all of the different segments of Canada's railway sector, demonstrating a truly collective commitment to safety and to the environment," said RAC President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Bourque in a press release.
CP completes sale of southern portion of Delaware & Hudson line
Canadian Pacific Railway Limited has completed the sale to Norfolk Southern Corp. of more than 280 miles of track from Schenectady, New York, to Sunbury, Pennsylvania.
The $214.5 million sale — subject to adjustments — of the Delaware & Hudson South was first announced Nov. 14, 2014, and approved by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board on May 15, 2015.
"We are pleased to have completed this transaction in partnership with Norfolk Southern," said Keith Creel, CP President and Chief Operating Officer.
How to build an engaged driver workforce
Want drivers who not only stay with your company long-term, but also go the extra mile to make sure it succeeds? The key may be "employee engagement."
Someone who is fully involved in and enthusiastic about his or her work is considered to be "engaged." Engaged employees care about the future of the company and are willing to work harder to help the organization succeed, and research indicates engagement may be better at reducing driver turnover than pay and bonus programs.
Driving the Freightliner Inspiration autonomous truck
"No one has ever passed our test." Not the words you want to hear when you're about to take that test. The speaker was Jim Martin, one of the few Daimler Trucks North America engineers certified to drive autonomous trucks in the state of Nevada and also licensed to provide certification to other CDL holders.
But while his warning may have quickened the pulse of the handful of North American trucking journalists preparing to obtain the certification, myself included, Martin quickly added, "The reason for this is, this is our first time (giving the test)."
Port biz bustles around stalled expansion
Alaska Journal of Commerce
Business is bustling at the Port of Anchorage around the remnants of a $300 million mistake.
Fuel distributor Delta Western Inc. is building a 360,000-barrel storage facility, which will push petroleum storage capacity to more than 3 million barrels at the port.
Across the yard, Alaska Basic Industries Inc., which owns Anchorage Sand and Gravel, is working on a $14 million facility that will triple its cement storage at the port.
Canadian ship owners call on Federal party leaders to leverage Canadian marine transportation to grow economy
The Federal Election is an important opportunity to boldly support the marine industry as a means to sustainable Canadian growth. During this election and post-election period, political leaders are urged to build upon Canadian domestic shipping for the Canadian economy and sustainable economic growth. "The Canadian marine industry connects Canada's economic capacity with the rest of the world," says Robert Lewis-Manning, President of the Canadian Shipowners Association.
More interest in air cargo as refugee crisis pushes cost of logistics
The refugee crisis in Europe is having a knock-on effect on logistics, triggering haulage price rises, while air freight has become a more realistic option for some time-critical shippers.
With some borders in the previously open Schengen area now closed or with increased checks, there have been reports of backlogs of trucks and congestion affecting countries including Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia and Croatia.
"The tremendous influx of immigrants is resulting in an increased cost of logistics to the industry," said Sebastian Scholte, CEO of Jan de Rijk Logistics, in a statement.
Heathrow's noise footprint reduced significantly
Air Cargo World
A third runway and expanded cargo infrastructure at London's Heathrow Airport was recommended by the U.K.'s Airports Commission in July, but one of the concerns surrounding a third runway was noise, with it even being suggested that night flights be banned. Now, an analysis by the Civil Aviation Authority, commissioned by Heathrow as part of its ongoing noise action plan commitments, shows that the average noise contours annually are smaller than they have been since 2006.
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