Truck, rail sectors look at economy for the long haul

Jun 30, 2012 | 07:00 PM | AMM staff

Tags  Association of American Railroads, Edward R. Hamberger, freight transportation

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) announced earlier this year that the nation’s major railroads are expected to invest a record $13 billion in 2012 to expand, upgrade and enhance the nation’s freight rail network. The railroads also expect to hire more than 15,000 employees this year, replacing retiring workers and adding new positions nationwide.

“Unlike trucks, barges or airlines, America’s freight railroads operate on infrastructure they own, build and maintain themselves so taxpayers don’t have to. And this year, they’re investing at a record rate to meet the demands of the recovering economy,” said Edward R. Hamberger, AAR president and chief executive officer. “These investments help businesses get their goods to market more efficiently and affordably so they....

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