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(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/11/2020) The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Maritime Administration has awarded $18.2 million in federal funding to the Port of Los Angeles and $14.5 million to the Port of Long Beach for rail-related projects. The grants were awarded through the Maritime Administration’s new Port Infrastructure Development Program, which is designed to help fund projects that improve port facilities…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/10/2020) Union Pacific Railroad today announced its intention to set science-based targets to determine how much and when the Class I will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to support global climate change goals. UP sent a a commitment letter to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), which independently assesses corporate emissions reduction targets in line…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/11/2020) The coronavirus outbreak is expected to have a longer and larger impact on imports at major U.S. retail container ports than previously believed, as factory shutdowns and travel restrictions in China continue to affect production, the National Retail Federation (NRF) reported Monday. “There are still a lot of unknowns to fully determine the impact of…

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(Source: Safety and Health Magazine, March 10, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Effective April 20, the Federal Railroad Administration is requiring the nation’s largest freight railroads – known as Class I – and smaller freight railroads with “inadequate safety performance” to develop and implement a formal risk reduction program. However, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), chair of…

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