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Politico Reports on Tension Between Amtrak, Private Bidders Over Long-Distance Rail

Private railroads, Amtrak spar over FRA pilot program rule As published by Lauren Gardner in Politico A pilot program to give private companies the chance to take over passenger train service on some long-distance routes from Amtrak is stoking tension among those businesses and the government-backed corporation as federal regulators craft the rules for the […]

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Global Trade Magazine Reports On Proposal to Exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act

Will Lifting The Jones Act Save Puerto Rico? Congressman Introduces Legislation to Exempt U.S. Territory As published in Global Trade Magazine In 2012, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported on the impact of the Jones Act on Puerto Rico, calling it a likely factor in the high cost of shipping to Puerto Rico, and […]

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AP: Transportation Leaders’ Reactions to $2.54B Amtrak Loan

Biden: $2.45B loan for Amtrak upgrades in Northeast Corridor As published by Randall Chase in the Associated Press WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Amtrak is receiving a $2.45 billion loan from the federal government to buy new trains, upgrade tracks and make platform improvements along the busy Northeast corridor, the largest such loan ever by the […]

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AP Reports on Reactions to New Amtrak CEO

Amtrak taps former freight railroad head to be new CEO As published by Joan Lowy in the Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The former head of the Norfolk Southern freight railroad, Charles “Wick” Moorman, has been tapped to be president and CEO of Amtrak, the nation’s passenger railroad, Amtrak officials said Friday. Moorman’s ties to […]

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The Hill on Democratic VP Nominee’s Record on Transportation Issues

Kaine primed for driver’s seat on transportation issues as VP As published by Melanie Zanona in The Hill Sen. Tim Kaine might be Hillary Clinton’s newly minted sidekick, but the Democratic vice presidential nominee is primed for the driver’s seat when it comes to infrastructure issues. Kaine, a former governor of Virginia and mayor of […]

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Journal of Commerce on TTD’s Opposition to Port Productivity Metrics

US shippers face tough road to gain national port productivity metrics As published by Reynolds Hutchins in Journal of Commerce Just minutes into its first meeting it was clear that U.S. shippers shouldn’t expect an easy path toward the creation of nationwide metrics to measure the nation’s port productivity. The immediate roadblocks, stalemates and impasses the group […]

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Washington Examiner on Labor’s Opposition to GOP Platform

After Obama, GOP platform moves right on labor issues As published by Sean Higgins in The Washington Examiner There is not much for labor leaders to like in the Republican Party’s 2016 platform. It is one of the toughest the party has had in the last four decades in terms of calling for union power […]

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Progressive Railroading on Labor’s Support of #2CrewTrains Rule

Freight-rail industry opposes, unions support FRA’s two-person crew proposal As published in Progressive Railroading Freight-rail industry representatives last week called on the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to drop its proposed rule mandating two-person crews on freight trains. At an FRA hearing last week, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) and theAmerican Short Line and Regional […]

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AJOT on TTD’s Support for Rail Safety Measurements

TTD supports DeLauro Bill to make railroads safer As published in the American Journal of Transportation “Rep. Rosa DeLauro continued her commitment to improving rail transportation safety by advancing legislation that seeks to reduce employee fatigue and beef up safety standards. “We are pleased that this legislation seeks to minimize one of the rail industry’s […]

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The Hill onTTD’s Support for #2CrewTrains

Feds weigh minimum train crew sizes As published by Melanie Zanona in The Hill The Federal Railroad Administration is considering a rule that would require most trains to have a minimum number of crew members. During a Friday public hearing on the proposal, union groups, policymakers and stakeholders weighed in on whether most rail operations […]

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