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STB sets new class exemption for emergency temporary trackage rights

(Source: Progressive Railroading 12/01/2021) The Surface Transportation Board (STB) yesterday announced that it has adopted a final rule establishing a new class exemption for emergency temporary trackage rights. The final rule eliminates the 30-day notice period in certain circumstances, speeding up the process for authorizing trackage rights in response to an unforeseen track outages, STB officials said…

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Hoffa: Don’t blame workers for delivery delays this season

(Source: Statement by International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa, published in the Detroit News on December 1, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — This holiday season, there are many things for which we should be grateful. But the state of the U.S. supply chain is not one of them. The nation’s desire to return to…

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New study says railroads could save $94 billion in two decades by converting to batteries

(Source: American Journal of Transportation, November 30, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — If U.S. Class I railroads convert from diesel locomotives to battery power, they can save $94 billion over 20 years “while consuming half the energy consumed by diesel trains,” according to a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report. The report, “Economic, environmental and grid-resilience benefits…

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