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Stimulus bill includes $25B for transit, $1B for Amtrak

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/27/2020) The U.S. House today is expected to vote on a $2.2 trillion legislation package passed by ...
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France transfers coronavirus patients on high-speed train with mobile emergency room

(Source: National Public Radio, March 26, 2020)WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a first for Europe, 20 critically ill coronavirus patients were ...
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To build its emerging megaregions, USA should turn to trains

(Source: City Metric, March 27, 2020. The following is an extract from “Designing the Megaregion: Meeting Urban Challenges at a ...
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Opinion: “A fluid, unknown rail freight market”

(Source: Freight Waves opinion column by Jim Blaze, March 26, 2020)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — With the coronavirus pandemic as background, let’s ...
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U.S. Senate passes $2 trillion stimulus bill; rail/transit to receive billions

(Source: Railway Track & Structures, March 26, 2020)NEW YORK — By a unanimous 96-0 vote, the U.S. Senate on March ...
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NTSB: Undetected cracks in tank car led to ethanol release in CSX yard

The leaking tank car was the sixth car of a train that consisted of a buffer car loaded with steel ...
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Rail Conference seeks benefit improvements in stimulus bill

(Source: Progressive Railroad 03/26/2020) The Teamsters Rail Conference has asked Congress to improve railroad retirement unemployment and sickness benefits as part of ...
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Freight-rail traffic in Week 12 reflects falling demand for certain products

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/26/2020) U.S. freight-rail traffic tumbled 8.6 percent to 459,966 carloads and intermodal units during the week ending ...
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Short lines seek temporary waivers from FRA due to coronavirus

(Source: Freight Waves, March 25, 2020)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A handful of short line railroads are asking the Federal Railroad Administration ...
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AAR: “We may have seen the worst of COVID-19’s impacts on Asian trade”

(Source: Railway Age, March 25, 2020)NEW YORK — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) released U.S. rail traffic for the ...
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T&I Committee Helps Secure Key Provisions for Workers and Families in New House Bill to Address the Impacts of the Coronavirus

(Source: Media Release T&I Committee March 24, 2020) For Immediate Release:  March 24, 2020 Contact: Kerry Arndt Washington, DC – ...
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TSA to require freight railroads to provide training addressing terrorist threats

(Source: Freight Waves, March 24, 2020)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Rail employees involved in higher-risk freight rail operations must now be trained ...
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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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