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June 2021

BLET Newsletter

Tribute to Robert V. Puckett

WRGCA sadly reports that Brother Robert V. Puckett, Jr. passed away peacefully on June 3, 2021, surrounded by his close-knit ...
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AAR: U.S. rail traffic in May is ‘encouraging’

(Source: Progressive Railroading 06/03/2021) U.S. carload and intermodal originations last month climbed 28% to 2,116,180 units compared with May 2020, ...
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Merger update: CP touts opposition to CN’s use of voting trust

(Source: Progressive Railroading 06/01/2021) Canadian Pacific today announced that more than 130 stakeholders have filed statements with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) asking ...
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AAR: Rail traffic volumes hold steady through most recent week

(Source: Railway Age, May 26, 2021)NEW YORK — For the week ending May 22, 2021, total U.S. rail traffic was ...
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AAR reports rail traffic for week ending May 15, 2021

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, May 15, 2021)WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. ...
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Analysis: GOP transportation committee leaders unveil infrastructure plan, which has almost no rail content

(Source: Railway Age column by David Peter Alan, May 20, 2021)NEW YORK — Congressional Republicans have presented their own infrastructure ...
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Wall Street Journal: KCS expected to terminate CP deal

(Source: Wall Street Journal, May 20, 2021)NEW YORK — Kansas City Southern is expected to ditch its merger agreement with ...
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DeFazio, Payne ask GAO to examine PSR’s impacts

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) chairs the House Committee on Transportation and InfrastructurePhoto – (Source: Progressive Railroading 05/18/2021) U.S. ...
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Supreme Court to DOJ: Is a stopped train in use?

(Source: Reuters, May 17, 2021)WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked the U.S. Solicitor General’s office to ...
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Rail industry defends safety record amid staffing cuts

(Source: Associated Press, May 16, 2021)OMAHA, Neb. — Even as railroads are operating longer and longer freight trains that sometimes ...
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Congress to GAO: Investigate PSR’s effect on safety, labor, shippers

(Source: Supply Chain Dive, May 14, 2021)WASHINGTON, D.C. — A committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday sent ...
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AAR: Rail traffic numbers continue to improve

(Source: Progressive Railroading 05/13/2021) For the week ending May 8, U.S. weekly rail traffic totaled 523,309 carloads and intermodal units, ...
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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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