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(Source: Freight Waves, March 16, 2020) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The precipitous drop in port volumes at the North American coastal ports is packing a one-two punch for the North American international intermodal sector. Full story: Freight Waves Tuesday, March 17, 2020

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(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, March 16, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The following is a statement from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa about H.R. 6201, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” legislation approved by the House early Saturday and awaiting action in the Senate that expands paid sick leave and family leave and provides…

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(Source: Supply Chain Dive, March 16, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Intermodal carriers have already had a tough year because low spot rates in the trucking market meant shippers were turning to the highway rather than the railway. But early signs suggest intermodal might be the first to take a hit from COVID-19. Full story: Supply Chain…

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(Source: Federal Railroad Administration press release, March 14, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pursuant to Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 211.45, Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Ronald L. Batory has determined that the imminent threat and exposure to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) poses a risk of serious illness that constitutes an “emergency…

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 17 — After more than seven years of hard word by the BLET’s Washington State Legislative Board and their counterparts within the SMART Transportation Division, a two-person crew bill has passed both chambers of the state legislature in Washington. The bill is currently on the desk of Governor Jay Inslee awaiting his…

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