With the economy still struggling, Congress and the Obama administration are looking for new ways to create jobs and put more money into the pockets of working families without making the deficit worse.
The railroad industry effectively and efficiently moves iron ore, coal, grain and other goods. It employs hundreds, including 350 Burlington Northern Santa Fe workers in the Twin Ports alone. Rail workers used to number in the thousands around here, but there’s still no denying the significance and impact of railroading. And there’s no way to oversell the importance of assuring its healthy future.
An idea that dates to Lewis and Clark’s trek west is experiencing a rebirth thanks to the truck traffic that increasingly chokes highways: Shift more of the nation’s freight burden to boats that can traverse rivers, lakes, canals and coastal waters.
Getting commodities to market is the subject of a comprehensive study under way in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota.
, December 18, 2008
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