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What Do Amazon & the Rail Industry Have in Common?

Q&A with Lynden Tennison, Chief Strategy Officer, Union Pacific With 26 years in the industry under his belt, Union Pacific’s Lynden Tennison has had a front row seat to the U.S. freight rail industry’s technological evolution. He served as Union Pacific’s Chief Information Officer for 13 years and most recently was promoted to Chief Strategy Officer. “It’s like night and day,” he says. “Back then it was traditional big iron mainframes. Today, we look a whole

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Freight Rail’s Private Investments

Freight Rail’s Private Investments: Billions of Dollars Annually The U.S. freight rail network moves the raw goods and finished products that fuel the American economy, from the electricity powering businesses to the consumer goods filling shopping carts. This critical, efficient and cost-effective network is the best in the world thanks to railroads’ billions of dollars in annual investments. The U.S. Department of Transportation expects total freight demand to grow 41% from 2015 to 2040, which

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Freight Rail & Economic Regulation

Freight Rail Policy Stance: Freight railroads support a continuation of existing balanced regulatory policies. Why This Matters: The current regulatory framework protects rail customers against unreasonable railroad actions while allowing railroads to earn enough to make massive investments into their private 140,000-mile network. These investments ensure freight rail remains America’s critical connector. America’s freight railroads demonstrate that market-based solutions can help build a successful industry that drives economic prosperity from coast-to-coast. A broad and bipartisan

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Environmental Benefits of Moving Freight by Rail

Environmental Benefits of Moving Freight by Rail Railroads are the most environmentally sound way to move freight over land. On average, trains are four times more fuel efficient than trucks. They also reduce highway gridlock, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce emissions of particulate matter and nitrogen oxides. Through the use of greener technologies and more efficient operating practices, our nation’s privately owned freight railroads are committed to even greater environmental excellence in the years

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How Intermodal Reinvented Freight Rail

How Intermodal Reinvented Freight Rail After the nation’s first railroad was chartered in 1827, the freight rail industry quickly became the preferred heavy hauler. From grain to coal to steel — freight rail moved the goods needed to power America’s Industrial Revolution. However, by the 1970s, heavy-handed regulation had pushed the industry toward collapse, making it ill-prepared to meet the challenges of a burgeoning global economy. Things began to turn around, however, beginning in 1980.

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Freight Rail: Designed to Drive a Nation

Freight Rail: Designed to Drive a Nation Since the earliest Model T rolled off the assembly line, railroads have played a crucial role in America’s auto industry. Today, the size and scope of the U.S. auto industry would surpass Henry Ford’s wildest dreams, thanks in large part to freight railroads who spend millions of dollars annually to efficiently connect North American automakers with their suppliers and customers like you. Part of the Solution Long before

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Why Freight Rail Embraces Global Trade

Date: 2/22/2018 In today’s interconnected world, putting “America First” means embracing global trade. The data are clear: Trade supports 40 million quality American jobs. One in four U.S. manufacturing jobs depends on exporting goods. And trade is now equivalent to roughly 27% of the nation’s GDP. American consumers have benefited with access to cheaper goods, too. Perhaps nothing exemplifies the benefits that come from trade as much as the free flow of goods between the

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The NY Times: Rail a “Real-time Barometer” of Trade

Date: 4/10/2018 With the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) still uncertain, The New York Times highlighted the role freight rail plays in the global economy and why the industry hopes NAFTA negotiators will finalize a deal soon. “At its guts, a railroad like Union Pacific is built on people consuming stuff, industry consuming stuff, and trade flows,” Lance Fritz, Union Pacific’s CEO, told The Times. “When those are happening and growing,

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Anti-Rail Campaign Puts Agenda Above Public Safety

For Immediate Release January 29, 2018 -RPA Contact: Sean Jeans-Gail – (202) 793-3201 -AAR Contact: Jessica Kahanek – (202) 639-2345 -APTA Contact: Virginia Miller – (202) 496-4816 In light of recent tragic incidents in Florida—and an unhelpful political campaign targeting the Brightline rail service—the Rail Passengers Association, the Association of American Railroads and the American Public Transportation Association are coming together to educate the public on the importance of safe behavior around railroad tracks: it