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U.S. rail traffic down for ninth consecutive week

(Source: Railway Age, April 27, 2022) NEW YORK — Total U.S. rail traffic for the week ending April 23, 2022, came in at 498,011 carloads and intermodal units, down 7.4% from the same point last year, the Association of American Railroads reported on April 27. This is the ninth consecutive week that traffic has declined.…

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STB seeks ways to quickly ease railroad service problems

(Source: Trains Magazine, April 27, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — There were more questions than answers on Tuesday as federal regulators sought ways to remedy railroad service problems that defy a quick fix because they are rooted in a shortage of train crews. Full story: Trains Magazine

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U.S. rail problems moving fuel, additives could sideline 10% of nation’s trucking fleet: STB hearing

(Source: S&P Global Platts, April 27, 2022) HOUSTON — Widespread railroad service problems in the US could sideline 10% of the nation’s commercial trucking fleet because of fuel and additives supply disruptions, specifically for diesel exhaust fluid, renewable diesel and ethanol, executives said April 27 at a Surface Transportation Board hearing on urgent issues in…

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Speak out now: Railroad attendance policies unsafe

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, April 27 — BLET members and their families are urged to alert the White House and their members of Congress about the dangerous attendance policies imposed by Class I freight railroads by using the BLET’s new legislative outreach platform — “Take Action” — which been activated for the first time for use in…

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VP Wallace outlines PSR problems, offers solutions at STB hearing

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, April 27 — BLET National Vice President Mark L. Wallace testified yesterday on behalf of the BLET at a hearing before the U.S. Surface Transportation Board titled “Urgent Issues in Freight Rail Service.” STB announced on April 7 that it would hold a two-day hearing to investigate recent rail service problems and recovery…

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