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  •  The Conrail/NS/CSX merger (1+ / 0-)
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    was supposed to alleviate this. That was one of the benefits NS touted to get control of its portion of Conrail. More recently, NS's Heartland Corridor project, which involved raising the heights of tunnels to provide better clearance for double-stack container cars, was supposed to help alleviate truck traffic on 81.

    •  good but (0+ / 0-)
      This is good but a small step.

      Also, I am unsure whether further conglomeration of the rail industry helps or hurts.  The only really good monopoly is the government and even then, only if sufficient checks and balances are applied.  As an aside, I'd say communications is one area where a government monopoly is good.  We should not have broken up Ma Bell.  Most all technology experts believe this is one great reason why the U.S. has fallen so far behind in our communications technology.

      But further investment is needed in rail to upgrade the existing infrastructure as well as develop newer, better infrastructure.  Perhaps sturdier, longer lasting railways that allow for more cargo in combination with the existing railways?  Entirely new routes could be built along with more interfacing yards for highway cargo to be on/off-loaded.  Faster rail technology should be implemented not just for passenger service but for freight, both to move goods and such things as trash.  Just my ideas though.  I'm no expert in this.

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