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April, 16th 2009

Following is a guest post from Keith Dierkx:

Today President Obama called for a plan to put high-speed rail into major markets in the U.S. This is a good idea for a lot of reasons — ease of commuting, reduction of pollution, taking traffic off the roads. American cities are facing major congestion problems and rail is one of the answers.

The tough news, as I mention in a new report we released today from the IBM Institute of Business Value, is that increasing demand on rail systems in the U.S. will dramatically strain our existing rail infrastructure. The key for solving these problems, however, lies in emerging technologies to help rail companies better instrument, analyze and manage rail networks and equipment in real-time.

We’ve already started to build these smart rail systems across the U.S., Asia-Pacific and Europe. The video below, which has been shared on this blog already, shares a few of those projects.

Please take a look at the report and let us know what you think.

Keith Dierkx is a transportation, freight and rail specialist at IBM. He can be found on LinkedIn.

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Posted by: Alex
June 9, 2009
4:28 pm

Before Pan Am is invited to build anything, they must be demanded to improve their pitiful environmental record.

The company broke ground to build a 26- acre parking lot to unload Ford autos [coordinated by UPS] over an aquifer within days of being fined $400,000 for an under-reported and tardily reported spill a few miles down the track of between 800 and 1700 gallons.

The aquifer supplies 60 percent of Ayer, MA’s water. The construction is in process when a perfectly good lot is across the street – Pan AM has leased it to CSX. Go figure.

Posted by: Susan
May 29, 2009
6:14 am

The immediate challenge is to use analytics to allow us to optimize the existing infrastructure which is not really that malleable to rapid change. And the specific short term challenge is sharing the needs for high speed passenger service with much lower speed and heavier freight traffic. From a public policy perspective we clearly do not want to have high speed passenger services push aside the freight traffic. (That would just put more trucks on the inter-states) And even in terms of scheduling priorities, intermodal freight is often a key component of just-in-time logistics supply chains which are essential to America’s competitive position.

Posted by: Bob Dunstall
April 17, 2009
8:50 am

My company the Pan-American Railway Inc. has been preaching this for years, and has plans to build a nation wide network of high-speed passenger and freight railroads utilizing old rights of way and shared corridores. We envision funding the project as a public private partnership, and will guarantee passenger service without operating subsidies. Please feel free to contact us about our project.

Peter Cooper
Pan-American Railway Inc.
208 661-1675 phone

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