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BLET Newsletter

Analysis: GOP transportation committee leaders unveil infrastructure plan, which has almost no rail content

(Source: Railway Age column by David Peter Alan, May 20, 2021)NEW YORK — Congressional Republicans have presented their own infrastructure ...
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Wall Street Journal: KCS expected to terminate CP deal

(Source: Wall Street Journal, May 20, 2021)NEW YORK — Kansas City Southern is expected to ditch its merger agreement with ...
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DeFazio, Payne ask GAO to examine PSR’s impacts

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) chairs the House Committee on Transportation and InfrastructurePhoto – transportation.house.gov (Source: Progressive Railroading 05/18/2021) U.S. ...
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Supreme Court to DOJ: Is a stopped train in use?

(Source: Reuters, May 17, 2021)WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked the U.S. Solicitor General’s office to ...
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Rail industry defends safety record amid staffing cuts

(Source: Associated Press, May 16, 2021)OMAHA, Neb. — Even as railroads are operating longer and longer freight trains that sometimes ...
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Congress to GAO: Investigate PSR’s effect on safety, labor, shippers

(Source: Supply Chain Dive, May 14, 2021)WASHINGTON, D.C. — A committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday sent ...
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AAR: Rail traffic numbers continue to improve

(Source: Progressive Railroading 05/13/2021) For the week ending May 8, U.S. weekly rail traffic totaled 523,309 carloads and intermodal units, ...
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Merger mayhem: CN ups KCS offer; CP seeks to respond

(Source: Progressive Railroading 05/14/2021) CN has sweetened its offer to acquire Kansas City Southern. Under terms of its revised proposal, CN now ...
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Game over for CP-KCS? Maybe, maybe not

(Source: Railway Age, May 13, 2021)NEW YORK — The activity involving Kansas City Southern and its two potential merger partners, ...
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Workers are essential to the future of freight industry, Teamsters tell Senate

(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, May 12, 2021)WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Teamster official told members of a Senate subcommittee ...
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BLET to mark 158th anniversary on May 8

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 6 - On May 8, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) will mark its 158th ...
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AAR: Many rail traffic categories have recovered from pandemic’s impact

(Source: Progressive Railroading 05/06/2021) A number of rail commodity traffic categories have “completely recovered” ground lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, ...
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