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BLET Newsletter

Trump administration’s latest rail safety rollback sets up industry to make its own rules

(Source: DeSmog Blog, May 30, 2019) NEW YORK — This week, the Trump administration’s Department of Transportation (DOT) withdrew another rail ...
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U.S. rail carload, intermodal traffic fell in Week 21

(Source: Progressive Railroading 05/30/2019) U.S. rail traffic volume dropped 6.7 percent to 527,966 carloads and intermodal units during the week ...
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FRA publishes first quarter 2019 PTC status update

(Source: Federal Railroad Administration press release, May 29, 2019) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today released a status update ...
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RRB issues statements of service (Form BA-6)

(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, May 28, 2019) CHICAGO — Each year, the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) prepares a Certificate of ...
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Plans underway for “largest single-terminal container facility in the western hemisphere”

(Source: Railway Age, May 29, 2019) NEW YORK — The St. Louis Regional Freightway and the Port of Savannah are forging ...
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Positive Train Control may open up railroads to new kinds of cyber attacks, expert says

(Source: Trains Magazine, May 28, 2019) According to a recent report in Trains Magazine, cyber hackers are mostly looking to enrich ...
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STB: Class I employment level fell in April

On a year-over-year basis, employment levels declined in mid-April in four job categories. Photo – CSX (Source: Progressive Railroading 05/29/2019) ...
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Final days to enroll in the BLET Short Term Disability Enhanced-Plan

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 29 — Open Enrollment for the BLET’s Short Term Disability Enhanced-Plan (underwritten by Sun Life Financial) ends Friday, ...
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Brookfield, Blackstone are among bidders for Genesee & Wyoming

(Source: Bloomberg, May 23, 2019) NEW YORK — Affiliates of Brookfield Asset Management Inc., Blackstone Group LP, Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and ...
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FRA ignores written comments in withdrawing proposed safety rule requiring two-person train crews

(Source: DC Velocity, May 24, 2019) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal transportation regulators said Thursday that U.S. railroads will not have to ...
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U.S. court orders STB to respond to fuel surcharge petition

(Source: S&P Global Platts, May 23, 2019) HOUSTON — A U.S. court has ordered the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) to ...
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FRA’s decision on crew size undermines rail safety

(Source: AFL-CIO press release, May 25, 2019) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this ...
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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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