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BLET Newsletter

Union Pacific applies PTC to ‘Big Boy’ steam locomotive

In January, a new design approach emerged to enable UP to achieve its goal of equipping the 80-year-old locomotive with ...
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AAR, APTA seek COVID-19 waiver extensions

(Source: Railway Age, August 26, 2021)NEW YORK — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) and the American Public Transportation Association ...
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U.S. rail traffic total slipped in Week 33

(Source: Progressive Railroading 08/26/2021) U.S. railroads hauled 501,273 carloads and intermodal units during the week ending Aug. 21, a 2.6% ...
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AAR: Carloads, intermodal drop in most recent week

(Source: Railway Age, August 25, 2021) NEW YORK — For the week ending Aug. 21, 2021, total U.S. rail traffic ...
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Will U.S. railroads be ready for fall crop harvest?

(Source: World Grain, August 24, 2021) KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Surface Transportation Board this month posted notice of a ...
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Bipartisan infrastructure plan vote expected by September 27

(Source: Railway Age, August 25, 2021) NEW YORK — The House on Aug. 24 passed a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint ...
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U.S. rail traffic rose slightly in Week 32

(Source: Progressive Railroading 08/19/2021) U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Aug. 14 totaled 504,810 carloads and intermodal units, up ...
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High-speed rail proponents make another push for Pacific Northwest project; poll shows voter support

(Source: GeekWire, August 18, 2021)EUGENE, Ore. — Three of every five voters in Oregon and Washington support a regional, high-speed ...
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Even a pandemic can’t close CEO pay wage gap

(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, August 18, 2021)WASHINGTON, D.C. — Corporate pay for the nation’s top big business bosses ...
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PSR: Can We Please Be Honest Here?

Written by Matt Parker (Source: Railway Age July 26, 2021) Editor’s Note: This opinion piece is in response to my invitation for ...
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STB asks Class Is to report on intermodal supply chain problems

STB Chairman Martin ObermanPhoto – stb.gov (Source: Progressive Railroading 07/23/2021) Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairman Martin Oberman yesterday sent a letter ...
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AAR reports rail traffic for week ending July 17, 2021

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, July 21, 2021)WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. ...
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The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen - UP Western Region GCA represents locomotive engineers working in the Western Region of the Union Pacific Railroad, which encompasses Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and portions of Nevada. We also represent members on the Portland & Western Railroad as well as the Portland Terminal Railroad.

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