RAILROAD SPEED COMMENT
US Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Dear Sir or Madam:
The North Atlantic Ports Association Inc (NAPA) founded in 1949, is one of the oldest and most active associations of commercial seaports. Our member ports in the United States stretch from Maine to Virginia, and our goal is to promote ocean commerce in a reasonable manner. Each one of our member ports is dedicated to the movement of cargo in a safe, secure and efficient manner in order to strengthen the local and national economies.
We are writing today regarding the Notice of proposed Rule Making, Docket Number PHMSA-2012-0082. One part of this rule is to further reduce train speeds when moving certain commodities.
The rail network is already at capacity and any reduction of speed will affect the fluidity of goods moving throughout the United States and to and from North Atlantic ports. In this era of just in time deliveries and reliable and efficient supply chain management practices, it is important that we understand that any changes could have consequences to the transportation system that our customers depend on.
The North Atlantic Ports Association is asking DOT to make sure it considers the impact on the economy and service levels as it formulatres the final rule on train speed.
Capt. F. Bradley Wellock
President, North Atlantic Ports Association Inc.