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CSX Transportation's Lisa Mancini Discusses Rail Benefits at Passenger Train Conference


Released: Oct 21, 2008

Washington, D.C. - October 21, 2008 - Railway Age's 15th Annual Passenger Trains on Freight Railroads Conference today featured Lisa Mancini, vice president, strategic infrastructure initiatives for CSX Transportation as keynote speaker. A two-day event featuring recognized experts from the passenger and freight sides of railroading, the conference examines the opportunities and challenges of passenger rail operations on freight rail lines.

"Freight rail is safe, secure, efficient and sustainable," said Mancini. "Through dedication and cooperative investment it is possible to achieve a balance between freight rail - which drives our nation's economy - and passenger rail - which carries our nation's citizens."

Mancini cited the environmental benefits of rail through the Amtrak Silver Star passenger train and CSX Intermodal Q172 freight train, which run daily from Jacksonville, Florida to Washington, D.C. Each time the Silver Star runs it saves 75 tons of CO2, the same amount of CO2 absorbed by 6,000 tree seedlings over 10 years, and over 6,500 gallons of fuel. These savings are slightly lower than the 92 tons of CO2 and over 8,000 gallons of fuel saved by the Q172 freight train. In fact, the CO2 emissions savings that CSX rail transportation provides in one year has approximately the same positive environmental impact as if one million passenger vehicles were taken off the road.

CSX Transportation is a sponsor of the National Gateway, a public-private partnership seeking to create a more efficient rail route between Mid-Atlantic and Midwest ports though use of double-stack trains. By hauling more freight on fewer trains, the National Gateway would reduce congestion on our nation's crowded highways and allow freight rail to meet increasing demand without additional trains.

CSX Transportation Inc. is a principal operating company of CSX Corporation. CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company's transportation network spans 21,000 miles with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia, and connects to more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at the company's web site, www.csx.com.