BNSF ADDS INTERMODAL
FORT WORTH - Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Co. said it has begun operating a second premium intermodal train from Portland to Chicago.
The new service offers departures on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
BNSF said the train operation is being targeted at less-than-truckload and parcel shippers. The schedule provides for midafternoon departure and a midday arrival at Chicago three days after leaving the West Coast with departure and arrival times that are tailored to package sorting schedules of its customers.
STRIKE CALL THREATENS
FRENCH PUBLIC TRANSIT
PARIS - France faces widespread disruption on its public transport system due to a strike call by unions on national and Paris networks over pay and working conditions, managers said.
The national rail authority and the Paris transport body said services overall would be cut by about half, but would vary from region to region.
The action, scheduled to begin today and end Thursday, comes two days ahead of a national conference on jobs called by Prime Minister Lionel Jospin on Friday.
Only the Eurostar cross-Channel train between Paris and London will operate a normal service, according to a rail authority statement.
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators Tuesday imposed a tougher anti-pollution standard for buses, trucks and other diesel vehicles and proposed tighter standards for off-road diesel equipment such as bulldozers and forklifts.
Combined, the rules would reduce air pollution by 2.7 million tons a year, equivalent to taking 6 million heavy trucks off the road, the Environmental Protection Agency said.
Nitrogen oxides from diesel engines are a major contributor to smog and soot, the EPA said.
The new standard to reduce nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons from heavy diesel engines used in buses and truck will take effect with the 2004 model year.
The proposed standards for off-road equipment would be phased in from 1999 to 2008. When fully implemented, the rule would reduce nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions from engines by up to two-thirds from current standards, the EPA said.
''Air pollution poses a serious threat to the health and well-being of millions of Americans and diesel engines are a significant source of air pollution nationwide,'' EPA Administrator Carol Browner said in a statement.
The EPA said the new standards should add 2 percent or less to the purchase price of new diesel-powered trucks and non-road equipment.
UNDER WAY IN CHINA
SHENYANG, China - Construction of China's longest expressway is under way in the northeast. The six-lane route will run 225 miles from Shenyang in Liaoning province to Shanhaiguan in northern Hebei. The cost is projected at 11 billion yuan ($1.3 billion), including a $200 million loan from the Asian Development Bank.
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