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BLET Newsletter

Trump budget slashes funding for Amtrak long-distance service

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/12/2019) President Donald Trump's fiscal-year 2020 budget request submitted yesterday calls for "restructuring" Amtrak and slashing the railroad's budget to emphasize ...
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It’s taking a team effort for Union Pacific to roll out its version of PSR

UP aims to operate more manifest trains since the overall focus now is on moving individual cars. Photo – Union ...
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Derailments raise concerns about the surge in oil trains

(Source: Toronto Star, March 11, 2019) TORONTO — Now that so much oil is being shipped by rail from Alberta to ...
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Reminder: Deadline is March 31 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund applications

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 7 — As a reminder, applications for the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund are due on ...
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China-based company hires first assembly workers at new Chicago rail car plant

(Source: Progressive Railroading, March 6, 2019) CRRC Sifang America has hired the initial group of employees to assemble Chicago Transit Authority's ...
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Union Pacific CEO defends stock buybacks

(Source: CNBC, March 6, 2019) NEW YORK — Stock buybacks are under attack — but they really may just be misunderstood, ...
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Public Hearing of HB 2970 Two Person Crew Bill in Oregon

On March 4, 2019, in Salem, Oregon I had the pleasure of attending the Joint Committee on Transportation public hearing ...
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Port of Vancouver USA rail project recognized for engineering excellence

Aerial image of the port's new freight-rail corridor. Photo – HDR (Source: Progressive Railroading 03/04/2019) The Port of Vancouver USA won a ...
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Senators to reintroduce grade crossing safety act

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/05/19) U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced they will reintroduce a bill ...
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More growth planned for UP-CP Can-Am corridor

(Source: Railway Age, March 4, 2019) NEW YORK — The past two decades have been a time of steady growth for ...
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Washington state safety bill would set lower pressure standards for trains carrying oil

(Source: The Spokesman-Review, March 5, 2019) SPOKANE, Wash. — Trains carrying crude oil through Spokane and the rest of the state ...
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Registration open for BLET’s St. Louis regional meeting, June 24-28, 2019

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, February 28 — Registration is now open for the BLET regional meeting at the Hilton at the Ballpark ...
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