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(Source: Progressive Railroading 01/30/2020) U.S. railroads hauled 485,282 carloads and intermodal units during the week ending Jan. 25, a 6.7 percent decrease in traffic compared with the same week in 2019, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data. Six of the 10 carload commodity groups that AAR tracks on a weekly basis posted increases. They included…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 01/30/2020) U.S. House Democratic leaders yesterday released the framework for a new $760 billion proposal to address the nation’s growing infrastructure needs, including those related to rail. Chairmen of the House committees on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I), Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means unveiled the plan, dubbed “Moving America and the…

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(Source: Supply Chain Dive, January 29, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Union Pacific Railroad will reopen 58 interline service lanes with CSX and Norfolk Southern beginning Feb. 1, the railroad informed customers Monday. The railroad said the decision was “a result of Union Pacific’s Unified Plan 2020, and our objective of providing safe and reliable service…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 01/27/2020) As of mid-December 2019, Class Is employed 131,486 people, down 1.31 percent since November’s level and down 11 percent from December 2018’s count, according to Surface Transportation Board (STB) data. All six workforce categories posted month-to-month employment decreases. They were: executives, officials and staff assistants, down 0.09 percent to 7,622 employees; professional and…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 01/28/2020) Onita Wayland, former president of the Grand International Auxiliary (GIA) to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLET), died Jan. 20. She was 91. Her husband, Tony Wayland, a retired member of BLET Division 620 (Fort Worth, Texas), died the next day, Jan. 21. He was 97. The couple lived in Mart, Texas. Onita…

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