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STB grants Amtrak access to CSX yard in Mobile, Ala.

(Source: Trains Magazine, November 30, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Score one small win for Amtrak in its ongoing effort to restore its Gulf Coast service. The Surface Transportation Board on Monday issued a decision honoring Amtrak’s request for an order allowing it access to CSX Transportation’s Choctaw Yard in Mobile, Ala., to conduct a survey…

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U.S. intermodal drop-off spans 15 consecutive weeks

(Source: Railway Age, November 24, 2021) NEW YORK — For the week ending Nov. 20, 2021, U.S. Class I railroads hauled 237,244 carloads, up 1.6% from the same point last year, but the 271,065 intermodal containers and trailers they moved fell 10% from 2020, the Association of American Railroads reported on Nov. 24. This is…

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Medicare Part B Premiums for 2022

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, November 19, 2021) CHICAGO — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that the standard monthly Part B premium will be $170.10 in 2022, an increase of $21.60 from $148.50 in 2021. Some Medicare beneficiaries may pay less than this amount because, by law, Part B…

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UP launches employee-led environmental group

(Source: Progressive Railroading 11/24/2021) Union Pacific Railroad has launched a new employee-led business resource group focused on environmental sustainability. Called “Planet Tracks,” the new group is dedicated to “helping employees champion and promote environmental stewardship and sustainability initiatives,” UP officials reported in the Class I’s Inside Track newsletter. The volunteer-based group is open to all employees who are…

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STB accepts CP-KCS merger application as ‘complete’

(Source: Progressive Railroading 11/24/2021) The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has accepted for consideration the application filed Oct. 29 for the proposed merger of Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern Railway, the board announced yesterday. The STB determined the application is complete as it contains all information required by the board’s regulations, according to an STB press release. In its decision,…

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