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Only Mexican railroads log intermodal growth in Week 21

U.S. railroads hauled 480,998 carloads, containers and trailers in the week ending May 27, a 4.8% decrease compared with the same week in 2022, according to Association of American Railroads data. Total carloads rose 3.5% to 235,307, while intermodal units fell 11.6% to 245,691. Six of the 10 carload commodity groups that AAR tracks every week posted…

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BLET’s paid sick leave agreement with NS is not tied to attendance policy

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 31 — “No concessions and no punitive attendance policy.” That was the clear message delivered to BLET’s Norfolk Southern members over conference calls and Zoom meetings set up to explain the breakthrough tentative agreement announced on May 18. The new policy will provide up to seven paid sick days per year to…

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President Hall exposes dangers of long trains in Washington Post interview

Long trains have been a major safety issue for several years now, especially since the introduction of so-called Precision Scheduled Railroading by Class I railroads throughout the United States. The BLET has argued that these long trains put profits over safety — the safety train crews who operate the trains and the citizens of towns…

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UP says it made “significant progress” on embargoes

(Source: Railway Age, April 28, 2023) Union Pacific (UP) on April 27 submitted a year-to-date progress report on embargoes, inventory management and system fluidity to the Surface Transportation Board (STB), which last year ordered the Class I to explain its escalating use of embargoes as a method of reducing rail traffic congestion. Full story: Railway Age

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