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(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, March 5, 2020) CHICAGO — With tax time rapidly approaching, the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) wants to remind its customers that the best source of information pertaining to Federal income tax and railroad retirement benefits is the agency’s website, RRB.gov. Those visiting can access a variety of income tax-related…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/06/2020) Norfolk Southern Railway yesterday announced it achieved a “breakthrough” in track inspection technology designed to enhance railroad safety and operating efficiencies. NS officials say the Class I is the first North American freight railroad to develop and deploy an autonomous track geometry measurement system that is mounted on a locomotive. The NS…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/05/2020) Despite uncertainty over the potential economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, the impact on rail traffic so far has been limited, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) announced yesterday. Last month’s 8.1 percent decline in U.S. freight rail traffic compared with February 2019 levels was primarily due to a reduction in coal carloads,…

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 6 — The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) is urging the railroad industry to take steps to protect BLET members, their co-workers and the general public from the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce voiced the union’s concerns in a March 5 letter to Brendan Branon,…

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