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Utah DOT considers rail, other transit options for Little Cottonwood Canyon

UDOT is working on a plan for an integrated transportation system that would improve the reliability, mobility and safety for ...
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For the second time in six months, Kentucky coal miners block train to protest unpaid wages

(Source: Lexington Herald-Leader, January 14, 2020)KIMPER, Ky. — For the second time in less than a year, coal miners in ...
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Man pleads guilty to sabotaging railroad signals in Braddock, McKeesport, Pa.

(Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 13, 2020)PITTSBURGH, Pa. — An Elizabeth man pleaded guilty to sabotaging railroad signals at multiple locations ...
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Trump administration nears decision on LNG shipping by train

(Source: Financial Times, January 13, 2020)NEW YORK — The U.S.’s supply of natural gas may soon be transported by train, ...
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U.S. coal-fired power plants closing at a near-record pace

(Source: Reuters, January 13, 2020)NEW YORK — U.S. coal-fired power plants shut down at the second-fastest pace on record in ...
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FRA delays implementation of training for safety-related railroad workers

(Source: Safety and Health Magazine, January 10, 2020)WASHINGTON, D.C. — In response to a petition for rulemaking, the Federal Railroad ...
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Court rules FELA claims don’t preempt FRSA claims in engineer’s lawsuit against Norfolk Southern

(Source: Legal Newsline, January 10, 2020)ATLANTA — On Dec. 23, the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled that Federal Railroad Safety ...
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New bill introduced in U.S. House of Representatives would address vapor pressure standards for crude shipped by rail

(Source: Times Herald Online, January 9, 2020)WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. John Garamendi, D-Solano, introduced legislation Wednesday to ensure safer standards ...
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Crew van transportation company to lay off 91 employees in Longview

(Source: Longview News-Journal, January 9, 2020)LONGVIEW, Texas — An Indiana-based transportation company has notified the Texas Workforce Commission about plans ...
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USDOT unveils updated AV guidance

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Photo – (Source: Progressive Railroading 01/09/2020) U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao yesterday announced updated ...
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U.S. rail traffic starts out slow in 2020

(Source: Progressive Railroading 01-09-2020) U.S. freight railroads started out the new year the same way they ended the old one ...
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BNSF train inspector helps rescue trapped crew in Kootenai River derailment

(Source: Television station KHQ, January 9, 2020)SPOKANE, Wash. — Adam Reeves was the first one to get the call when ...
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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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