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Russian Railway to Provide Faster Delivery to Attract Cargo

Russian rail monopoly RZD is planning at the start of next year to  introduce new services that will cut transit times by rail on some routes by 15 to 17 percent, the Journal of Commerce reports.

RZD hopes the reductions will make rail more attractive to shippers who overwhelmingly rely on trucking despite its higher costs because of the faster transit times. As a general rule, the cost of transportation by truck is 35 to 40 percent more expensive than rail and 50 to 60 percent faster.

RZD is accomplishing the transit time savings through the introduction of more door-to-door and just-in-time schemes and greater use of a single window for customs, according to a spokesperson for Oleg Belozerov, the head of RZD. The railway will also begin high-speed rail services for container cargo.

At present the average speed of container trains is 8.1 miles per hour because of slow operations, mainly related to rearranging and sorting containers and wagons on trains.

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Teamsters in Canada Ratify New Labor Contract

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference – Conductors, Trainpersons and Yardpersons union that represents the company’s conductors and yard crews in Canada has ratified a new collective agreement with the company,  according the Canadian National Railway press release

The three-year agreement, which is  retroactive to July 23, 2016, provides wage increases and benefit improvements and covers approximately 3,000 conductors.

Mike Cory, CN executive vice-president and chief operating officer, said: “We are pleased to have completed this agreement with TCRC-CTY members. This agreement is testament to the benefits of relationship building and we look forward to continuing to foster this relationship moving forward. Together, we reached this agreement without a labour disruption allowing us to continue providing quality service to our customers.”