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(Source: AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department press release, September 29, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued this statement on the updated HEROES Act introduced yesterday by U.S. House of Representatives Democrats and Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “The updated Heroes Act provides important and timely financial relief that our nation’s…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 09/29/2020) The Surface Transportation Board (STB) last week denied Metra‘s request for a declaratory order and a petition for preliminary injunction on issues related to its ongoing dispute with Union Pacific Railroad over Chicago-area commuter-rail service. The STB declined to issue the declaratory order on issues already pending before a district court that declined to refer those…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 09/29/2020) Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday unveiled a new $2.2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that includes $32 billion in emergency funding for Amtrak and transit agencies. The House will consider the proposed bill later this week. The Heroes Act would provide emergency transit funding to ensure that transit agencies…

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(Source: CNBC, September 25, 2020) NEW YORK — Katie Farmer, incoming CEO of BNSF Railway, told CNBC on Friday that her industry has clearly been impacted economically by the coronavirus pandemic, but there’s optimism on the horizon. Full story: CNBC Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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(Source: Supply Chain Dive, September 28, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The lesser-known pitfalls of the U.S. Class I railroads’ conversion to precision-scheduled railroading are delayed responses, billing errors and unreliable maintenance checks, according to a panel of rail shippers speaking at the North East Association of Rail Shippers virtual conference last week. The shippers said…

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