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(Source: Progressive Railroading 09/08/2020) The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) last week released its first-ever National Freight Strategic Plan (NFSP), which lays out a vision for long-term investments in infrastructure and other essential parts of the nation’s freight system. Required as part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, the NFSP identifies major trade gateways and…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 09/08/2020) Amtrak last week announced plans to furlough 1,950 workers and cut 100 management positions due to contracted operations and pinched finances. For several weeks, the railroad conducted a thorough review of its fiscal-year 2021 operating plan and planned service levels, which revealed reduced staffing needs for the next fiscal year, Amtrak officials…

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(Source: Freight Waves, September 7, 2020) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — An August request from the Surface Transportation Board (STB) and the Federal Railroad Administration(FRA) asking the Class I railroads to report how they’re addressing service issues amid rising rail volumes got a response from shippers as well. Full story: Freight Waves Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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(Source: Omaha World-Herald, September 4, 2020) OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific will lay off an unspecified number of employees across the railroad’s system as the company continues its push for operational efficiency. The company did not publicly detail the number of employees affected. Full story: Omaha World-Herald Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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