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(Source: Progressive Railroading 09/24/2020) U.S. freight railroads hauled 521,956 carloads and intermodal units during the week ending Sept. 19, a 1.3 percent decrease compared with the same week a year ago, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data. Railroads moved fewer carloads during the week — 226,687 units, down 9.6 percent versus the same week in…

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(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, September 20, 2020) CHICAGO — The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) has appointed Spiridoula Mavrothalasitis as Director of Hearings and Appeals. In this position, Ms. Mavrothalasitis will be responsible for overseeing reviews of unfavorable claims determinations by hearings officers in the agency’s Bureau of Hearings and Appeals. The bureau is…

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(Source: Canadian Press, September 23, 2020) CALGARY — Canadian exports of crude oil by rail fell to another eight-year low in July despite the gradual recovery of North American fuel demand from low levels due to measures taken to control the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canada Energy Regulator says rail shipments of oil in July fell…

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(Source: Freight Waves, September 22, 2020) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — U.S. Class I rail employment levels rose between July and August on higher rail volumes. However, headcount totals are still significantly below year-ago levels. U.S. operations of the Class I railroads employed 117,764 people in mid-August, up 0.46% from July but down by nearly 15.5% from…

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