Archive for June 3, 2019

Washington State DOT picks Omaha Track to operate short-line branch, announces $5.7 BUILD grant

(Source: Progressive Railroading 06/03/2019) The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has selected Omaha Track Inc. to operate part of the state-owned Palouse River and Coulee City (PCC) rail system. WSDOT selected Omaha Track through a competitive evaluation process following a request for proposals to operate the railroad’s P&L branch. After an agreement is signed this summer, the Omaha-based…

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Sound Transit board member holds agency to blame for DuPont derailment

(Source: Radio station KIRO, May 31, 2019)  SEATTLE, Wash. — Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier may sit on the Sound Transit Board of Directors, but that doesn’t stop him from looking at his own agency through a critical lens — especially in the wake of a federal investigation’s finding that Sound Transit was in large…

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U.S. railroads caught in the middle of new tariff threat

(Source: Freight Waves, May 31, 2019)  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The railroad industry is “concerned” about a possible disruption of the North American supply chain should the U.S. impose tariffs on imports from Mexico. Full story: Freight Waves Monday, June 3, 2019

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Scott Palmer reelected Oregon State Legislative Board Chairman

INDEPENDNENCE, Ohio, June 3 — Scott Palmer was reelected by acclamation to his sixth term as Chairman of the Oregon State Legislative Board at its May 22 triennial meeting in Portland, Oregon. A BNSF locomotive engineer and member of Division 842 in Klamath Falls, Oregon, Brother Palmer hired out with the Burlington Northern in Seattle…

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