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(Source: Progressive Railroading 08/06/2020) U.S. freight-rail combined carload and intermodal volume declined 9.3 precent to 2,337,977 units in July compared with the same month last year, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data. U.S. railroads hauled 1,042,017 carloads last month, down 17.6 percent, and 1,295,960 containers and trailers, down 1.4 percent.  Three of the 20 carload…

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, August 6 — A three-year contract struggle against actions by Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS) and its affiliate Texas Mexican Railway (Tex-Mex) to replace BLET-represented crews that shuttled trains between Laredo Yard and the U.S.–Mexico border concluded on August 4th, when a majority of a Special Board of Adjustment (SBA) ruled in…

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(Source: Railway Track & Structures, August 4, 2020) NEW YORK — After a year of leading NS’s “clean sheeting” initiative in a consulting role, Michael A. Farrell was named senior vice president transportation in Nov. 2018, then appointed senior vice president of operations and mechanical in Aug. 2019. Yesterday, NS president, chairman and chief executive…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 08/05/2020) The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded the SW Equity Coalition a $1.2 million grant to fund transit-oriented development (TOD) along a proposed light-rail route in Portland, Oregon’s Southwest Corridor.  The grant was awarded as part of the FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning.  The funding will allow the coalition to take actions to address…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 08/05/2020) XpressWest, a proposed project to construct a high-speed rail line that would operate between Southern California and Las Vegas, has been awarded $200 million in private activity bonds from the Nevada State Board of Finance, a business newsletter reported yesterday. The Nevada award comes after a California committee, overseen by California Treasurer…

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