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Harsh cold puts US networks to the test

Shippers adjust schedules, commuters prepped for delays while farmers move to protect crops, livestock

Chicago’s Metra commuter line upgraded its passenger alerts system and spent more than US$2 million on additional rail switch heaters and equipment to clear snow and ice from tracks. Still, it warned of delays this week due to “temperature-related speed restrictions”.


ARMED with lessons learned from last year's polar vortex, the US transportation and shipping network faces its first big test of the winter this week as harsh cold and dangerous wind chills buffet the Plains to the East Coast.

Moving people and products has proved tedious