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3/6/2008



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AAR appoints Gray as Rockey's successor, announces suicide prevention award winners


The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has named John Gray vice president of policy and economics to succeed Craig Rockey, who retired after serving the association for 30 years.

Gray most recently served Union Pacific Railroad as an executive director. He was responsible for commercial relationships with other transportation carriers and ports, and strategic policy analysis on issues involving regulatory proposals, legislation and potential litigation. Gray previously held various positions with the Southern Pacific, Burlington Northern and Alaska railroads, and ARCO Alaska, and was a University of Alaska faculty member.

The AAR also announced that 14 members received an "Allies for Action" award from the Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) to recognize their suicide prevention work.
 
"The single largest cause of fatalities on the railroads is trespassing on railroad property, and many of those trespassers are, tragically, attempting suicide," said AAR President and Chief Executive Officer Edward Hamberger in a prepared statement. "By partnering with organizations such as SPAN ... we hope to be able to significantly reduce the number of fatalities on railroad tracks."
 
The award winners are Amtrak, Anacostia and Pacific Co. Inc., BNSF Railway Co., Canadian National Railway Co., Canadian Pacific Railway, CSX Corp., Genesee and Wyoming Inc., Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd., Kansas City Southern, Metra, Norfolk Southern Railway, Union Pacific Railroad, Vermont Railway and the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway Co.


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