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(Source: City Metric, March 27, 2020. The following is an extract from “Designing the Megaregion: Meeting Urban Challenges at a New Scale,” out now from Island Press.) NEW YORK — A regional transportation system does not become balanced until all its parts are operating effectively. Highways, arterial streets, and local streets are essential, and every…

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(Source: Freight Waves opinion column by Jim Blaze, March 26, 2020) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — With the coronavirus pandemic as background, let’s briefly examine what the role of the rail freight sector is. How relevant is rail freight’s services during a stay-in place period? What are rail freight’s capabilities at serving the essential survival kit? Full…

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(Source: Railway Track & Structures, March 26, 2020) NEW YORK — By a unanimous 96-0 vote, the U.S. Senate on March 26 passed H.R. 748, its version of a $2 trillion stimulus package for address the devastating economic and societal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Called the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act,”…

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(Source: Freight Waves, March 25, 2020) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A handful of short line railroads are asking the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to exempt them from conducting random alcohol and drug tests on employees because of concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. Full story: Freight Waves Thursday, March 26, 2020

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