Eastern ports work fast as wider Panama Canal opens in 3 years

02/13/2012 | Dallas Morning News (free content), The

Several ports on the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico are scrambling to expand facilities and ensure that the giant tankers enabled by completion of the Panama Canal expansion three years from now can get to their harbor. But because freight rail serving West Coast ports has "elevated efficiency," it's likely time-sensitive cargo will still go there rather than through the Canal, said Aaron Hunt, a spokesman for Union Pacific railroad. And Krista York-Woolley, as spokeswoman for BNSF doesn't think the wider canal by itself will be enough to push much more traffic to the East Coast.

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