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BLET Newsletter

Forest products and scrap recycling rail shippers seek oversight

(Source: Freight Waves, July 5, 2019) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The service problems associated with precision scheduled railroading (PSR) have motivated forest ...
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CN train derailed on Canada’s side of international tunnel, TSB says

(Source: Progressive Railroading 7/8/2019) The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) will conduct the accident investigation into the June 28 CN train derailment that ...
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DeFazio: GAO finds lack of safety data on longer trains

The study confirmed citizens' beliefs that trains are getting longer, DeFazio said. Photo – GAO study (Source: Progressive Railroading 7/08/2019) ...
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AAR: U.S. rail traffic tumbled for fifth-straight month in June

(Source: Progressive Railroading 07/05/2019) U.S. railroads remained in a rut last month. June was the fifth-straight month that their carloads ...
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Feds seeking input on stopped, slow-moving trains

(Source: The Herald, July 3, 2019)JASPER, Ind. — The Federal Railroad Administration issued a Federal Register notice on June 14, ...
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LNG “freedom molecules” coming soon to railroad tracks around the country

(Source: Florida Bulldog, July 2, 2019) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — President Donald Trump plans to open up the transportation of Liquefied ...
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FRA seeks further delay of rule on passenger rail safety programs

(Source: Safety & Health Magazine, June 28, 2019) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly two years after the Federal Railroad Administration first published ...
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Oregon passes bill requiring railroads to develop oil train spill response plans

(Source: Freight Waves, June 30, 2019) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Oregon Legislature on Saturday (June 29) approved a bill requiring railroads ...
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Opinion: Freight slowdown is a terrible sign for the economy

(Source: opinion column by Patrick W. Watson, July 1, 2019) NEW YORK — Just as an army moves on its ...
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After request from Chair DeFazio and others, new GAO study confirms trains are getting longer and will likely continue to increase in length in coming years

(Source: U.S. House of Representatives Transportation & Infrastructure committee press release, July 1, 2019) WASHINGTON, D.C. — On July 1, a group ...
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House committee leader says railroads have fallen to “jackals on Wall Street”

(Source: Washington Post, June 20, 2019) WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Transportation Committee Chairman Peter A. DeFazio said Thursday that the nation’s ...
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Rail safety expert to address BLET members

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, June 21 — A safety expert in the field of workplace distraction will address members of the Brotherhood ...
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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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