Rail, truck sectors readying for increase in freight traffic

Apr 15, 2013 | 12:52 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Panama Canal, Senate committee hearing, Ed Hamberger, American Association of Railroads, Philip Byrd, American Trucking Associations, port investment, capacity corinna petry

CHICAGO — The rail and trucking industries will be ready for any increase in freight that could arrive at U.S. ports once the Panama Canal expansion is complete, industry spokesmen told a Senate committee.

Panamax vessels are able to carry 4,500 containers, but post-Panamax ships can carry 12,600 containers. The 140,000 miles of U.S. rails are prepared to handle the additional capacity once the freight reaches shore, Edward R. Hamberger, president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Railroads, said during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing.....

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