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Thousands more people may soon be working on the railroad. With the economy picking up and an increasing demand for freight transportation, rail businesses plan to hire more than 80,000 workers over the next six years, according to the Association of American Railroads. But finding enough qualified people for the positions could be challenging, experts said, because the work is physically demanding.
"Railroads are experiencing, for the first time in modern history, significant shifts from the highway to the rails because of highway congestion, higher fuel prices and difficulty among trucking companies to attract and retain drivers," said Frank Wilner, a spokesman for the United Transportation Union, which represents about 50,000 rail workers.
"We're seeing some very positive growth in the rail freight business, and obviously when you have growth, you need people to move it and to fix the equipment and tracks," said Rudy Husband, director of public relations for Norfolk Southern. Norfolk Southern will add about 2,000 workers a year for the next four or five years to its work force across 22 states.
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