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UPDATE 9-Amtrak blames freight train firm for deadly South Carolina crash

(Recasts with Amtrak CEO blaming CSX for incident, adds CSX statement) CAYCE, S.C., Feb 4 (Reuters) - Amtrak blamed a freight rail operator for causing a crash on Sunday that killed two people and injured more than 100 others when one of its passenger trains was diverted onto a side track and slammed into a…

Trump team meets with senators to discuss infrastructure priorities

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 1/10/2018 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation Trump team meets with senators to discuss infrastructure priorities U.S. Sen. John Barrasso was among the senators that met with Trump administration officials. Photo – epw.senate.gov Trump administration officials and a bipartisan group of senators yesterday held talks about the $1…

Minnesota ends Twin Cities-to-Milwaukee high-speed rail study

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 1/11/2018 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation Minnesota ends Twin Cities-to-Milwaukee high-speed rail study By Julie Sneider, senior associate editorAn environmental study exploring the viability of a high-speed passenger-rail service between Minnesota and Wisconsin has been halted after two Minnesota state lawmakers objected to its funding.Minnesota Department of…

USDOT outlines automated vehicle policy

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 1/12/2018 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation USDOT outlines automated vehicle policy U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said autonomous vehicles will have a "tremendous impact on society in terms of safety, mobility, and security." Photo – U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine…

UP estimates $6 billion benefit in 2017 from new tax law

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 1/12/2018 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation UP estimates $6 billion benefit in 2017 from new tax law 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…

N.J., N.Y. congressmen call on Chao to fund Gateway rail project

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 1/15/2018 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation N.J., N.Y. congressmen call on Chao to fund Gateway rail project The states of New York and New Jersey have committed to funding $5 billion for the project to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River. Photo – Amtrak…

Congressmen press Amtrak for PTC status update

Rail News Home Federal Legislation & Regulation 1/18/2018 Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation Congressmen press Amtrak for PTC status update U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio (left) and Michael Capuano Photo – DeFazio and Capuano websites U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) have asked Amtrak President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson for…

UPDATE 3-China blizzards snarl railroads, coal deliveries amid power worries

(Updating throughout) * Utilities under pressure due to tight gas, coal supplies * Coal futures up more than 10 pct so far this year * Snowstorms sweep across central, southern provinces * Some provinces ration power to industrial users * China Rail has prioritised coal on congested network BEIJING, Jan 29 (Reuters) - China's worst…