Archive for February 8, 2019

T&I hearing highlights cost of neglecting infrastructure investments

(Source: Progressive Railroading 02/08/2019) The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) yesterday held its first hearing of the 116th Congress to highlight reasons for investing in the nation’s infrastructure. Chaired by U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), the committee heard testimony from two panels, which included such speakers as Amtrak President and Chief Executive Officer…

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President appoints three to Railroad Retirement Board

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, February 7, 2019) CHICAGO — President Donald J. Trump has appointed Erhard R. Chorlé to be the Chairman of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, Johnathan D. Bragg to be the Labor Member, and Thomas R. Jayne to be the Carrier Member. Their appointments to the three-member Board were confirmed…

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Norfolk Southern employee fatally struck by train in Baltimore

(Source: Baltimore Sun, February 7, 2019) BALTIMORE, Md. — A Norfolk Southern employee was fatally struck by a train in Baltimore Thursday morning. The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending investigators to review the incident, which it said was an accident. Full story: Baltimore Sun Friday, February 8, 2019

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Oregon considering bill to regulate oil trains

(Source: Television station KGW8, January 7, 2019) SALEM, Ore. — For the first time since the 2016 fiery train derailment near Mosier, Oregon lawmakers are considering their first bill to regulate oil trains. HB 2209 is simple in its language. It would require contingency planning around oil trains and require training for first responders. The…

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