(Source: Progressive Railroading 01/18/2018) The U.S. Chamber of Commerce this week proposed increasing the federal gas tax by 25 cents per gallon to help pay for critical infrastructure projects. The proposed increase was among a series of principles the business lobby is offering in a bid to help shape the debate about upgrading U.S. roads, bridges, airports…Read More
(Source: Reuters, January 17, 2018) LOMBARD, Ill. — Major U.S. railroads on Wednesday warned President Donald Trump of the potential financial and political consequences of scrapping the North American Free Trade Agreement and urged U.S., Mexican, and Canadian officials to find ways to modernize the accord. Full story: Reuters Thursday, January 18, 2018Read More
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, January 12 — Each year, the BLET National Division compiles a list of scholarship opportunities available to the children of BLET members. Numerous financial aid opportunities are published here in the 2018 BLET Scholarship Directory. The scholarship opportunities vary widely. The following comprehensive list provides members and their families with contact information for…Read More
(Source Progressive Railroading 01/12/2018) Union Pacific Railroad estimates that changes in the new tax law will provide a nearly $6 billion boost to the railroad’s 2017 earnings. The Class I earlier this week disclosed the estimated impact from the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The $5.8…Read More
(Source: Progressive Railroading 01/12/2018) The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) yesterday issued four safety recommendations after investigating two railroad accidents. The recommendations stem from the board’s investigations of a railroad employee fatality involving Union Pacific Railroad in Kansas City, Kansas, and a BNSF Railway Co. crude-oil train derailment near Heimdal, North Dakota. In the UP case, a foreman died Sept. 29,…Read More
(Source: The Hill, January 11, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation meant to accelerate the implementation of a key train safety feature, a move that follows December’s deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state. Full story: The Hill Friday, January 12, 2018Read More
(Source: Forum News Service, January 11, 2018) HEIMDAL, N.D. — The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final accident report and safety recommendations nearly three years after a fiery oil tanker train crash in north-central North Dakota that spilled 96,400 gallons of crude oil in the area. Full story: Duluth News Tribune Friday, January 12,…Read More
(Source: Progressive Railroading 01/08/2018) BNSF Railway Co. and the Port of Portland have begun offering a new service at Terminal 6 that enables shippers to move their products on a rail shuttle to the Puget Sound ports. The new partnership will move containers between Portland and Seattle/Tacoma, where goods can be loaded onto ocean carriers. The rail service…Read More
(Source: Reuters, January 5, 2018) HOUSTON — Canadian crude shipments to the United States by rail could rise more than 60 percent this year on demand by Gulf Coast refiners for the heavy crudes and the wide differential between Canadian grades and the U.S. benchmark. Full story: Reuters Wednesday, January 10, 2018Read More
(Source: Progressive Railroading, January 9, 2018) The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has proposed delaying by an additional year the dates for railroads to comply with certain safety training requirements in the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, according to a recent notice in the Federal Register. Full story: Progressive Railroading Wednesday, January 10, 2018Read More
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