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(Source: Progressive Railroading 05/06/2020) Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell earlier this week called on Congress to include transportation infrastructure investment in the next federal COVID-19 stimulus legislation. On May 4, LaHood and Rendell — as co-chairs of Building America’s Future — wrote to congressional leaders to urge the creation of a…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/14/2020) A coalition of rail labor organizations is asking the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to ensure freight railroads are recalling furloughed workers before seeking waivers from federal safety regulations. In an April 9 letter to Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory, the unions said there “must be a strong burden of proof for rail carriers to demonstrate…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/07/2020) A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is asking Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory and Acting Federal Transit Administrator K. Jane Williams to address rail labor officials’ concerns about health and safety protections for rail workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawmakers wrote to the agency heads last week. The letter follows the SMART-Transportation Division‘s petition sent in March…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/30/2020) The $2.2 trillion federal stimulus legislation that Congress passed late last week included measures that ensured rail workers will have access to unemployment and sickness benefits during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) and American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announced late last week. The AAR and ASLRRA…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/27/2020) The U.S. House today is expected to vote on a $2.2 trillion legislation package passed by the U.S. Senate late Wednesday in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation includes $25 billion for public transportation agencies, including commuter-rail operators. The funds will be provided through formula operating and…

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