Archive for May 2019

UP’s 2018 ‘Building America’ report addresses cybersecurity

(Source: Progressive Railroading 05/31/2019) Union Pacific Railroad‘s latest annual report on sustainability includes for the first time cybersecurity efforts taken to protect the Class I’s infrastructure and assets. UP yesterday released its 2018 “Building America Report,” the company’s 10th annual sustainability report detailing progress toward its social, economic and environmental initiatives. The report highlights corporate…

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Trump administration’s latest rail safety rollback sets up industry to make its own rules

(Source: DeSmog Blog, May 30, 2019)  NEW YORK — This week, the Trump administration’s Department of Transportation (DOT) withdrew another rail safety recommendation originally proposed during the Obama administration. In the process, the agency made quite clear that it has no plans to further regulate the rail industry, especially the dangerous and continued transportation of…

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U.S. rail carload, intermodal traffic fell in Week 21

(Source: Progressive Railroading 05/30/2019) U.S. rail traffic volume dropped 6.7 percent to 527,966 carloads and intermodal units during the week ending May 25 compared with the same week last year, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data. Total carloads for the week slipped 5 percent to 259,953 units, while intermodal volume fell 8.3 percent to 268,013…

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FRA publishes first quarter 2019 PTC status update

(Source: Federal Railroad Administration press release, May 29, 2019)  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today released a status update reflecting railroads’ self-reported progress toward fully implementing positive train control (PTC) systems as required by Congress. PTC supports the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) top priority of safety.  Based upon railroad’s First Quarter 2019 PTC…

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RRB issues statements of service (Form BA-6)

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, May 28, 2019)  CHICAGO — Each year, the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) prepares a Certificate of Service Months and Compensation (Form BA-6) for every railroad employee with creditable railroad compensation in the previous calendar year. The RRB will mail the forms to employees during the first half of June. While every…

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