South Carolina port hosts giant ship, announces dredging contract

September 19, 2017

(source: Progressive Railroading 09/15/2017) The South Carolina Ports Authority yesterday welcomed to Charleston Harbor the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt, the biggest ship to transit the Panama Canal and call on U.S. East Coast ports. The 1,200-foot CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt — which has a capacity of 14,400 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) — arrived on the heels of…

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House bill would create new freight infrastructure fund

September 19, 2017

(source: Progressive Railroading 09/18/2017) U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) last week reintroduced legislation that would establish a competitive grant program designed to boost the efficiency and capacity of the U.S. freight network. H.R. 3769 calls for the creation of a new freight fee — a 1 percent tax assessed on the cost of ground transportation in…

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UP streamlines six business units, merges four subsidiaries

September 19, 2017

(source: Progressive Railroading 09/19/2017) Union Pacific Railroad is consolidating six major business units and four subsidiaries as part of a restructuring of its marketing and sales organization to address “evolving customer needs,” the Class I announced late last week. The business units are being consolidated into four: agricultural products, energy, industrial and premium. The agricultural products…

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Norfolk Southern on hot seat after house fire

September 19, 2017

(Source: Commonwealth Journal, September 19, 2017) SOMERSET, Ky. — A home on Cox Lane in Tateville was destroyed by fire Saturday evening. No one was injured in the blaze, but some people connected to the incident say that emergency response was hampered by a slow-moving Norfolk-Southern train blocking the best entrance to the area. Full…

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Opinion: Unions offer equal opportunity

September 19, 2017

(Source: Letter to the Editor by retired BLET member Joan Bockholt, published in the Las Vegas Sun on September 18, 2017) LAS VEGAS — My union was the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and it guaranteed that I made the same hourly wage as any male engineer. The job you were able to hold and the…

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Suspected train thieves caught red-handed

September 18, 2017

(Source: Visalia Times-Delta, September 15, 2017) VISALIA, Calif. — A suspected thief was caught red-handed by Tulare County sheriff’s deputies this week. Full story: Visalia Times-Delta Monday, September 18, 2017

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Bakken oil in demand after Hurricane Harvey

September 18, 2017

(Source: Bismarck Tribune, September 15, 2017) BISMARCK, N.D. — Bakken crude and other light, sweet crude oils are in demand in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a North Dakota official said Friday. Full story: Bismarck Tribune Monday, September 18, 2017

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UP’s plan to cut 500 management jobs is complete; 250 other positions to be eliminated by end of September

September 18, 2017

(Source: Omaha World-Herald, September 16, 2017) OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific said Friday that its plan to eliminate approximately 500 management positions is complete. Full story: Omaha World-Herald Monday, September 18, 2017

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AAR: Traffic up 0.8 percent over 2016 for week ending September 9

September 15, 2017

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, September 13, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending September 9, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 486,474 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.8 percent compared with the same week last year. Total…

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