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Passenger rail not great news for freight industry, speaker says | News | 2theadvocate.com — Baton Rouge, LA

Passenger rail not great news for freight industry, speaker says | News | 2theadvocate.com — Baton Rouge, LA.

The growth of passenger rail lines across the country may not come as great news to the freight industry, fearful of losing track space to people, a spokesman for a freight rail company said Monday.

“Our concern with passenger rail is if they’re on our-right-of-way, that displaces freight,” said Robert W. Turner, senior vice president of corporate relations with Union Pacific Corp.

Turner told the Baton Rouge Press Club that some of the freight most likely to be displaced would be the containers often seen stacked on rail cars. Those are containers that can be offloaded onto trucks, putting more freight on highways.

What growth of passenger lines? UP has successfully kept the Sunset at three-days-a-week operation with its demand of $750 million in upgrades. I will leave the rest of this lame argument to my very capable readers.

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Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

Rendell Supports Shuster’s Plan to Privatize Amtrak’s NE Corridor | PoliticsPA

Rendell Supports Shuster’s Plan to Privatize Amtrak’s NE Corridor | PoliticsPA.

This week Republican Representatives Bill Shuster (PA-9) and John Mica (FL-7) unveiled their plan to allow private companies to bid on the Northeast corridor of Amtrak, which runs from Washington, D.C. to Boston.

Shuster’s plan has found an unlikely supporter in former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.

Rendell called into Shuster’s and Mica’s joint press conference and explained his support saying, “I’m not a critic of Amtrak. Far from it…But the only way you’re going to get that money to make this project a reality is you have the states, the federal government and private companies at the table.”

 

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Politics, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail

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