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TECHNOLOGY - from page 13
difficulty and complex decision making in short-haul and finalmile operations plagued by traffic congestion. Those technological advancements by package delivery companies and other
motor carriers over the past 15 years have automated steps such
as routing and delivery confirmation.
The platooning concept already is in operation today, Sawyer
said. It was illustrated early in 2017 with a demonstration at
the Port of Los Angeles in conjunction with the University
of California, Berkeley. He further noted that the essence of
platooning is to capture the value of paired operations and
ultimately advance that technology toward moving more freight
with fewer people.
"Everyone gets excited about truck platooning, but nobody
talks about freight trains," he said. Specifically, intermodal transportation in the rail industry leverages the ability to add more
freight to a train without adding people to run it, just like platooning's touted advantages.

PTC is being installed on 5,000
locomotives and 11,300 miles of track,
covering 80 percent of BNSF freight.
More than 90 percent of that work
already is done, and the carrier has run
more than 800,000 successful PTC
trips.
Williams said the railroad "is
on track to meet the Dec. 31, 2018
deadline for PTC implementation.
We continue to work closely with
the Federal Railroad Administration to
ensure PTC is done right."

Williams

"The goal of PTC is to operate
trains more safely, something BNSF
strives for each and every day."

Positive Train Control Advances

- Tom Williams, vice president, BNSF Railway

Much of the focus on rail technology in 2017 has been devoted to positive train control, or PTC, as part of a multi-year effort to
further enhance rail safety. PTC is designed to use technology to
prevent certain types of accidents such as derailments caused by
excessive speed and head-on collisions.
"The goal of PTC is to operate trains more safely, something
BNSF strives for each and every day," said Tom Williams, a BNSF
Railway vice president, making a comment expressed by all other
railroads as well.

Norfolk Southern's PTC implementation is on schedule. It's
equipped more than 2,400 miles of track, mostly in the South. The
carrier also is interested in exploring how PTC could eventually
benefit intermodal and shippers as well through smoother
operations.
Kansas City Southern was granted conditional FRA approval
earlier this year to do demonstration projects on five subdivisions.
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Storms Create Recovery Challenges, Foster Valuable Lessons Learned
Intermodal Benefits from Technology Grow in 2017, Should Increase in Future
Inland Port Projects Advance in East
Optimism Builds for Intermodal Freight
Food Safety Modernization Act Could Help Increase Temp Control Freight
Intermodal Rail Enhancements Continue in 2017, Focused on Service
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Welcome New Members
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