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RailEdge Rail Traffic-Control Software Improves Transportation Efficiency

By: Katie Cordrey - Published: Jul 8, 2010   Updated: Aug 17 2011 • References: progressiverailroading and utne
General Electric has developed logistical rail traffic-control software that helps to effectively route freight rail traffic. The cost-effective system may alleviate the overburdened rail-capacity without the high cost of high-speed rail.

General Electric's RailEdge traffic-control software has been tested on a stretch of Georgia's Norfolk Southern Railway, increasing train speed and reducing emissions at a savings of $400 million to $800 million annually.

Used globally, RailEdge could greatly increase rail capacity and reduce pollution without investing in new rail infrastructure.

Implications - The RailEdge software is the most cost-efficient system around, as its design is intended to improve crew management, double network velocity and maximize railroad resources.