Archive for September 2017

BNSF, UP expanding, upgrading in northern Idaho

(Source: Railway Age 09/26/2017) Written by  Bruce E. Kelly, Contributing Editor Track projects this summer in northern Idaho are expanding capacity on a busy segment of BNSF’s Northern Corridor, and upgrading conditions on Union Pacific’s route to the Canadian border. UP announced in June that it was “boosting safety and efficiency with an approximately $34.1 million…

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Knife River Corp., Portland & Western Railroad host U.S. Rep. Schrader

(Source: Progressive Railroading 09/29/2017) Knife River Corp. and the Portland & Western Railroad welcomed U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) last week for a tour of Knife River’s sand and gravel pit in Salem, Oregon. The tour included a discussion of public policy priorities for the business and rail communities in the Salem area. The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance…

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Democrats introduce bill mandating sleep apnea testing

(Source: Progressive Railroading 09/29/2017) Members of Congress representing New York and New Jersey have introduced a bill that would require the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to mandate sleep apnea tests for commercial truckers and rail operators. The legislation would reverse a recent decision by President Donald Trump’s administration to reverse the department’s proposed rule…

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