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Conservative group pushes back on bipartisan rail safety bill

(Source: The Hill, March 14, 2023) A conservative advocacy group called “FreedomWorks” is pushing lawmakers to oppose a bipartisan rail safety bill that was introduced following the East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment. The group claims the bill would create “gross inefficiencies” for businesses and give the Department of Transportation “unimaginable authority.” Full story: The Hill

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US approves $31 billion merger of two big railroads

Story by Niraj Chokshi and Mark Walker (Source: 03/15/2023) A federal regulator Wednesday approved a Canadian freight railroad’s plan to buy a US competitor, a $31 billion deal that will make the railroad the first to operate across North America. In approving the deal, the regulator, the Surface Transportation Board, said the new single-line…

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U.S. Senate leader Schumer urges federal safety probe into all major freight railroads

By Richard Cowan and David Shepardson (Source: 03/16/2023) WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday urged a federal investigation into safety practices of all seven major freight railroads, following the East Palestine, Ohio derailment of a Norfolk Southern Corp train. In a letter, Schumer urged the National Transportation Safety Board…

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