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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU February 17, 2018

    Amtrak will suspend service if PTC not installed by year’s end

    On Thursday, Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson told the House Railroads Subcommittee that they will suspend service on certain lines if Positive Train Control (PTC) is not installed and ready. Anderson did not specify which lines may be suspended, and an Amtrak spokesperson later confirmed that “it’s too early to speculate,” according to the Seattle Times. 

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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU February 17, 2018

    Trump budget guts Amtrak long distance…again

    For the second year in a row, President Trump’s budget calls for Amtrak funding to be cut in half. This year’s budget again asks to cut funding from the current $1.495 billion to $738 million in FY19. And though the math is the same, the Administration’s goals have apparently changed. Last year’s budget simply called

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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU February 7, 2018

    NTSB faults FRA for failure on sleep apnea

    The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ripped into President Trump’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for its prolonged failure to implement proper safety rules and guidelines regarding worker fatigue and sleep apnea. The NTSB’s special investigative report details its findings on two accidents: New Jersey Transit’s accident in Hoboken, NJ, in September, 2016, and the Long

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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU January 23, 2018

    CNN op-ed: Amtrak funding tops list of infrastructure needs

    As America awaits a long-overdue infrastructure plan from President Trump, one opinion writer highlighted a few of America’s greatest infrastructure needs on CNN. Kate Ascher, a principal at BuroHappold Engineering, listed a number of items on which our country should focus, but first on her list was providing adequate funding for Amtrak’s interstate and long-distance rail. 

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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU January 18, 2018

    Rail Labor Welcomes Senator Doug Jones

    On Wednesday, labor unions joined together to host a reception in honor of newly-elected Senator Doug Jones of Alabama. Sen. Jones won a hotly contested special election in December over controversial candidate Roy Moore. He now takes over the seat once held by current Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  Rail labor – including TCU – invested

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