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BLET Newsletter

U.S. rail traffic down a bit in Week 8

(Source: Progressive Railroading 02/28/2019) A dip in intermodal volume led to a 1.1 percent decline in total U.S. rail traffic ...
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Rail groups ask Congress to oppose lifting truck weight, size limits

(Source: Progressive Railroading 02/27/2019) The Association of American Railroads (AAR) and American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) joined other organizations earlier this ...
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Snowbound Amtrak train with nearly 200 passengers moving again after 36-hour “nightmare”

(Source: CNN, February 27, 2019)SEATTLE — Finn Friedman chose to take the train because she's terrified of flying. After all, ...
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Amtrak train with 183 passengers has been stranded in Oregon snow since Sunday

(Source: CNN, February 26, 2019) ATLANTA — An Amtrak train headed for Los Angeles with almost 200 people on board came ...
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BNSF slates $175 million for capex projects in Washington

(Source: Progressive Railroading 02/25/2019) BNSF Railway Co. has budgeted $175 million in capital expenditures this year for infrastructure work in the ...
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Jury awards BNSF track inspector $1.05 million in whistleblower case

(Source: National Law Review, February 24, 2019) WASHINGTON, D.C. — On February 19th, a Colorado jury awarded Brandon Fresquez $1,050,000 in ...
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Open enrollment for the BLET Short Term Disability Enhanced-Plan coverage

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, February 25 — Open Enrollment for the BLET’s Short Term Disability Enhanced-Plan through Sun Life will end on ...
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Walmart tests pilot program that calls for more rail

(Source: Progressive Railroading 02/23/2019) Walmart has launched its own fleet of intermodal containers and is using its own drivers to move ...
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U.S. rail carload, intermodal traffic fell in Week 7

(Source: Progressive Railroading 02/21/2019) U.S. railroads' combined carload and intermodal volumes dropped 3 percent to 523,915 units for the week ...
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PSR isn’t really all that new

Written by David Schanoes, Contributing Editor The late, now-legendary, Hunter Harrison. (Source: Railway Age 02/20/2019) Not that long ago, E. Hunter Harrison’s ...
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45-G permanence inches closer

(Source: Railway Age 02/15/2019) Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief Rep. Earl Blumenauer On Feb. 11, HR 510, which calls for permanence ...
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FRA report: All railroads met statutory PTC requirements by 2018’s end

A graphic touts BNSF’s accomplishments with PTC implementation through 2018. Photo – Source: BNSF Railway Co. (Source: Progressive Railroading 02/19/2019) ...
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