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January 2022

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AAR reports rail traffic for week ending January 8, 2022

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, January 12, 2022)WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. ...
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Oklahoma can’t put time limits on trains blocking streets, federal appeals court rules

(Source: The Oklahoman, January 12, 2022)NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma's 10-minute limit on trains blocking city streets violates the federal government’s ...
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Railroad Retirement and Unemployment Insurance taxes in 2022

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, December 8, 2021)CHICAGO — The amounts of compensation subject to railroad retirement tier I and ...
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RRB Q&A: Annuitants may need to increase tax withholding at age 62

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, December 21, 2021)CHICAGO — Certain portions of a railroad retirement annuity are treated differently for ...
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UP nearing purchase of battery-electrics for yard tests, CEO says

(Source: Trains Magazine, January 6, 2022)PHOENIX, Ariz. — Union Pacific is nearing agreements to purchase battery-electric locomotives for tests in ...
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Montana Rail Link to end operations, with BNSF taking over

(Source: Billings Gazette, January 10, 2022)BILLINGS, Mont. — BNSF Railway announced plans Monday to take over Montana Rail Link and ...
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AAR: North American freight-rail traffic rose in 2021

(Source: Progressive Railroading 01/06/2022) U.S. freight-rail traffic rose 5.7% to 26,152,716 carloads and intermodal units in 2021 compared with 2020 ...
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RRB names new Director of Retirement and Survivor Benefits

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, January 4, 2022)CHICAGO — The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) has selected Letitia C. Carthans ...
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Officials say recent STB decision on Utah rail project “pours gasoline” on climate emergency

(Source: Railway Track & Structures, January 5, 2022)NEW YORK — The Surface Transportation Board recently approved a new rail line ...
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For 2021, intermodal “record” collapses in second half

(Source: Railway Age, January 5, 2021)NEW YORK — In 2021, U.S. intermodal’s “record-setting” first half gave way to a lower ...
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Colorado legislator “deeply concerned” about oil trains from Utah project

(Source: Colorado Times Recorder, January 3, 2022)DENVER — The prospect of up to 350,000 barrels of oil a day rolling ...
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Senators seek study of potential Northwest passenger-rail service

(Source: Progressive Railroading 12/22/21) A bipartisan group of U.S. senators representing the greater Northwest region this week called on the Federal ...
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The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen - UP Western Region GCA represents locomotive engineers working in the Western Region of the Union Pacific Railroad, which encompasses Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and portions of Nevada. We also represent members on the Portland & Western Railroad as well as the Portland Terminal Railroad.

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