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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Transportion News) Jan 22, 2012

BNSF Sen. Kirk visits BNSF yard in Ill., promises action against new regulations. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., went on a tour of BNSF's rail yard in Galesburg, Ill., and pledged to oppose new regulations that would hinder the Class I's growth. "I'm worried about new regulations that would make fuel more expensive, cause the railroads to invest heavily in new technology that doesn't add to the bottom line of their ability to add employment," Kirk said. Jan 19, 2012

California Gov. Brown: Calif. reiterates need for HSR. California Gov. Jerry Brown is calling for large investment in infrastructure, urging state lawmakers to approve funding for the first section of the proposed 520-mile high-speed rail system connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles. "Those who believe that California is in decline will naturally shrink back from such a strenuous undertaking" as HSR, Brown said. "I understand that feeling, but I don't share it, because I know this state and the spirit of the people who choose to live here." Jan 19, 2012

Canadian Pacific CP to invest heavily in network enhancements this year. Canadian Pacific plans to increase its capital expenditures with USD1.1 billion to USD1.2 billion "for infrastructure renewal, network enhancements and expansion projects," according to CP. "At CP, we are executing our accelerated multi-year investment plan to further improve service reliability, asset velocity and operational efficiency, while expanding capacity to safely and efficiently support higher volumes," CP CEO Fred Green said. Jan 18, 2012

Canadian Pacific CP makes USD3.9M land purchase in B.C. city for future expansion. Canadian Pacific has acquired a 58-acre property worth nearly USD4 million in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, to be used for future development. "This is just normal course of business in acquiring this land to be in a position for potential future use," said Kevin Hrysak, CP media relations manager for Canada. Jan 18, 2012

Ferromex Ferromex added 82 energy-efficient locomotives to its fleet in 2011. Ferromex strengthened its fleet of SD70Ace locomotives last year, taking delivery of 82 units from Electro-Motive Diesel. The energy-efficient locomotives meet the Tier 2 emissions standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. "The new additions will be key to our plans for 2012 and beyond,," said Ferromex CEO Rogelio Vlez. Jan 16, 2012

FZS, CCEC Tanga-Arusha-Musoma railway skips Serengeti National Park. Tanzania and Uganda have agreed that a proposed joint commercial rail track that runs from Tanga-Arusha-Musoma-Kampala, would not cross through the Serengeti National Park, ending 12 months of speculations. As it stands now, the USD1.9 billion railway line that will link Tanga harbor and the Lake Victoria side dock of port Bell in Kampala via Musoma port, would route nearly 100 km south of the Serengeti border in a bid to protect the ecosystem. The Tanzanian Minister overseeing the transport portfolio, Omar Nundu, told The Guardian on Sunday that the ambitious railway line project will not touch the Serengeti Park, as it has been speculated. ORest assured that the railway line would be constructed a 100 km south of the Serengeti National Park sprawling border,O Engineer Nundu said, allaying fears. Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) was quick to applaud the two East African states for demonstrating that they are concerned by the Serengeti Ecosystem and that the planned regional development will be in harmony with the World Heritage site. OWe are very glad that the cross border railway line will pass through the densely-populated areas to the south of the Serengeti where there is much more commercial potential, instead of the ecological fragile areas in the north,O said Dr. Markus Borner, the Africa Director of the Frankfurt Zoological Society. Dr. Borner added: OWe now have a solid development model that gives maximum support to the economic growth of the region without endangering the migration of nearly two million animals in the world-renowned national park.O Commissioning Engineer Nundu and his Ugandan counterpart, Dr. Chebrat Slepher, recently signed an agreement with a Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCEC) for the construction of a Tanga-Arusha-Musoma railway. Under the multi-million-dollar project, the CCEC has been commissioned to conduct a feasibility study and implementation of the project. The entire project, worth USD3 billion, will include the construction of the nearly 880 km railway line, the Mwambani port in Tanga, Musoma dock, and another at Port Bell in Uganda. The project will be ready by 2015. Mr. Nundu said that plan also will see the Tanga and Musoma ports dedicated to handle cargo traffic destined to Uganda and Southern Sudan. Freight would be conveyed from Musoma dock by ferry to Port Bell pier - about 350 km in Uganda. A rail connection runs via Tororo to Gulu [ETH] nearly 600 km on the Pakwach branch. North of Gulu, a new line of roughly 250 km would have to be constructed to Juba, and a further 550 km to the Wo railhead in Southern Sudan. OBoth countries are in agreement to contribute funds for the project implementation,O Nundu noted. Managing Director of CCEC, Wang Xiangdong, vowed to accomplish the feasibility study by April 2012, followed by the construction of the railway line and ports in the identified areas. OThe construction of the railway line will be enlarged to 1,435 mm, which is the standard gauge used in other countries and directed by the both states,O Xiangdong explained. New Trade Route Upset by costly logistical challenges between Mombasa and Dar ports, Kampala has been looking for alternative trade routes in the region. Analysts said the Tanga-Arusha-Musoma-Kampala railway line will offer a ray of hope to the Ugandan economy. Dr. Chebrat Slepher, the Uganda Minister for Transport, said there is no way development can be achieved without clearly defined means of transport. OThe most interesting part of this project is that it would reduce congestion at the key regional ports of Mombasa and Dar es Salaam,O Dr. Slepher said. Kampala has persistently cried that intolerable delays on the core transport corridors and low capacity at Mombasa and Dar harbors are the major factors behind its search for new routes. Uganda also hopes that the planned Tanga-Musoma-Uganda railway will enable it to circumvent the ageing and grossly inefficient railway line it shares with Kenya. "The biggest snag for our competitiveness is the poor state of Mombasa port in terms of capacity. It remains a challenge to trade in the region," Kenya Shippers Council Chief Executive Officer, Gilbert Lagat, said. The Dar es Salaam route, however, remains...

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