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U.S. shippers’ increasing difficulties in finding long-haul trucks to move their loads is making intermodal rail, including the transport of refrigerated goods, more a “capacity play” than about saving money.

This holds particularly true for shippers, such as Harry & David, which are challenged geographically. The seller of fresh fruit, flowers and gift baskets has little trouble finding truck capacity to serve its Columbus, Ohio, facility, but getting over-the-road trucking services out of its Bedford, Oregon, distribution center is another matter, said Jeff Brady, director of transportation and logistics, at JOC Group’s Inc.’s 4th annual Inland Distribution Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

More deaths expected at rail crossings

Posted in Rail News on 2005-01-04 17:22:37

Without improvements in driver behaviour more Australians are likely to die in level crossing accidents this year, according to new research.

Smart tickets face final test

Posted in New South Wales Rail News on 2006-02-28 09:37:34

The smartcard readers at Sydney train stations remain wrapped in gaffer tape while the state's troubled $600 million integrated ticketing system grinds towards its first major public test.

TRAIN operator Metro has been accused of trying to improve its image by recruiting more female drivers.

The railway has run newspaper ads and sought permission from VCAT to woo women.

While females account for just 4 per cent of the 800 drivers, they comprised more than 30 per cent of new applicants in the latest recruiting intake.

The push to hire more women comes amid tensions between Metro and veteran drivers over work practices.

While praising the abilities of female drivers, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union's Marc Marotta said he believed there was an ulterior motive behind the recruitment drive.

The trend is clear and it's been that way for a while. The question is what, if anything, to do about it?

Every year the average person in big cities, including Sydney and Melbourne, drives less than they used to the year before.

In Melbourne, the average person drives about 6 per cent less than they did a decade ago.

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