Archive for July 3, 2019

FRA seeks further delay of rule on passenger rail safety programs

(Source: Safety & Health Magazine, June 28, 2019)  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly two years after the Federal Railroad Administration first published a final rule requiring commuter and intercity passenger railroads to develop and implement system safety programs, the process has hit another hurdle. In the June 12 Federal Register, FRA published a notice of proposed…

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Oregon passes bill requiring railroads to develop oil train spill response plans

(Source: Freight Waves, June 30, 2019)  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Oregon Legislature on Saturday (June 29) approved a bill requiring railroads transporting large amounts of crude oil through Oregon to develop spill response plans and submit them to the Department of Environmental Quality for review and approval. Full story: Freight Waves Monday, July 1, 2019

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Opinion: Freight slowdown is a terrible sign for the economy

(Source: Forbes.com opinion column by Patrick W. Watson, July 1, 2019)  NEW YORK — Just as an army moves on its stomach, an economy moves on ships, trucks, and planes. They carry the goods whose purchase adds up to growth. Nowadays many goods are digital, delivered electronically. But we still need lots of physical stuff…

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After request from Chair DeFazio and others, new GAO study confirms trains are getting longer and will likely continue to increase in length in coming years

(Source: U.S. House of Representatives Transportation & Infrastructure committee press release, July 1, 2019)  WASHINGTON, D.C. — On July 1, a group of House lawmakers, led by Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), announced the results…

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