Archive for March 1, 2018

BNSF seeks to join lawsuit over Washington state denial of coal terminal permit

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/01/2018) BNSF Railway Co. has requested to join Lighthouse Resources‘ lawsuit against Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and key members of his administration over permit denials for Millennium Bulk Terminals’ proposed Longview coal terminal. BNSF’s complaint contends that Washington state officials unduly violated interstate commerce, a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s dormant commerce clause and…

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Batory sworn in as FRA Administrator

(Source: Railway Age, February 28, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ronald L. Batory officially became the 14th United States Federal Railroad Administrator on February 28, 2018. In the presence of his family, and numerous colleagues he has known throughout his 47-year career as a railroader, Batory was sworn in by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. Full…

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Eastern Oregon co-op to expand Columbia River grain terminal

(Source: East Oregonian, February 28, 2018) PENDLETON, Ore. — Morrow County Grain Growers, a farm supply and marketing cooperative based in northeast Oregon, broke ground Wednesday morning on a major expansion of its grain elevator and shipping terminal along the Columbia River in Boardman. Full story: East Oregonian Thursday, March 1, 2018

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Teamsters call on House-Senate Joint Select Committee to move quickly to solve pension crisis

(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, February 28, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following today’s announcement of the final members of Congress that will serve on the bipartisan, House-Senate Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans tasked with finding a solution to the nation’s looming pension crisis, the Teamsters Union called for a commitment…

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NTSB reiterates call for new safety measures in preliminary report on S.C. Amtrak crash

(Source: Washington Post, February 28, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal officials Wednesday reiterated their call for the Federal Railroad Administration to issue an emergency order for new safety measures along rail corridors when work crews temporarily disable signaling systems designed to safely manage train traffic. Full story: Washington Post Thursday, March 1, 2018

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