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Batory picked for FRA chief The White House on July 11 announced that President Donald Trump has nominated Ronald L. Batory, who recently retired as President and Chief Operating Officer of Conrail, as the next Federal Railroad Administrator.

Hunter Harrison, what exactly is going on at CSX? I’m hearing lots of voices. They’ve become loud and frequent and as such are nearly impossible to ignore. They’re the voices of railroaders, from the executive to the train and engine...
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Port of New Orleans President and Chief Executive Brandy Christian has been appointed to the Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council (RSTAC). The 15-member Council was created by statute under the Surface Transportation Board and provides advice on regulatory, policy and legislative matters...
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Opposition groups from Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana in a filing have asked the Surface Transportation Board to reject an application from Great Lakes Basin Transportation to build a rail freight line around Chicago because there is no proof of funding...
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Vertex Railcar Corp. is now officially certified to manufacture and supply tank cars to the North American market. The company, based in Wilmington, N.C., received the Association of American Railroads’ M-1002 Initial Certification in early July. The certification covers new, general service...
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The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee released the Fiscal Year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) funding bill July 10. The bill, expected to undergo subcommittee markup July 11, reduces total discretionary spending and eliminates certain grant programs,...

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The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee released the Fiscal Year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) funding bill July 10. The bill, expected to undergo subcommittee markup July 11, reduces total discretionary spending and eliminates certain grant programs,...
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The White House on July 11 announced that President Donald Trump has nominated Ronald L. Batory, who recently retired as President and Chief Operating Officer of Conrail, as the next Federal Railroad Administrator. Batory retired March 31 as President and COO...
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It was an accessory to the jailing of three labor union presidents. It may encourage bad decision-making by rail managers. Its lottery-like jury awards seduce plaintiff attorneys. It can send an injured rail worker to the poor house. And it...
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A new two-track rail tunnel connecting New York and New Jersey would cost $12.9 billion, up from previous estimates of $7-10 billion. At the same time, a preliminary environmental impact statement has been completed, but there is still no plan on...
Nineteenth century economist Thomas Malthus is associated with a failure to recognize improved productivity as a tide lifting humankind’s standard of living. Augmented by technological advancement, productivity converts inputs into useful outputs to increase dramatically the quantity, quality, variety and affordability...

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