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Video: MN Transportation and Public Safety Committee Webcast Re Rail Safety and Training

April 3, 2016 | Minnesota Senate | A very revealing hearing regarding new legislation to enhance the current legislation regarding rail safety, first responder training and the sharing of information with first responders. Watch the video above or watch it from the MN Senate website by clicking here.  

Information about railroad hazards must be shared

April 1, 2016 | Star Tribune | Late last month, the tiny northwestern Minnesota town of Callaway joined the growing list of Midwestern cities that no one wants to be on: the communities where freight train derailments have occurred. On March 24, a tanker truck apparently pulled in front of a Canadian Pacific Railway train […]

Railroad Officials Clash With Lawmakers Over Safety Bill

Railroad Officials Clash With Lawmakers Over Safety Bill

April 1, 2016 | WCCO  Minnesota railroad officials are strongly opposing a bill at the state legislature which toughens up rail safety laws, calling it unnecessary. The bill greatly expands rail safety requirements, and requires railroads to provide more detailed information faster about trains carrying hazardous materials, like oil. Minnesota passed new rail safety laws […]

Traffic continues downward trend

Traffic continues downward trend

March 27, 2016 | Railway Age| Freight traffic, at least at this point, isn’t showing signs of improvement. For the week ending March 19, 2016, carloads and intermodal units both took a big hit, dropping 17.2% and nearly 10.7%, respectively, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported on March 23. Three of the 10 carload […]

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Dayton Stresses Statewide Rail Safety in Visit to Recent Train Derailment Site in Callaway

Dayton Stresses Statewide Rail Safety in Visit to Recent Train Derailment Site in Callaway

March 26, 2016 | KSTP | On Saturday, Governor Mark Dayton toured the small town of Callaway. That’s where a train derailment caused an evacuation for nearly 24 hours this week. A preliminary investigation shows a propane tanker truck pulled out in front of a Canadian Pacific train in Callaway, causing a crash that evacuated […]

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Three Minnesota towns seek millions of dollars in rail safety projects

March 24, 2016 | Duluth News Tribune | ST. PAUL – Separating streets from railroads that carry oil trains could save lives in Minnesota communities, a House committee heard Thursday. Moorhead, Red Wing and Coon Rapids leaders argued for millions of dollars their communities would use to build bridges so busy railroad crossings would not […]

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Proposed railway through Yukon and Alaska ready for oil train feasibility study

Proposed railway through Yukon and Alaska ready for oil train feasibility study

March 22, 2016 | CBC News | A proposed northern railway that would carry petroleum products from Fort McMurray, Alta., to an Alaskan port is projected to cost at least $28 billion, according to a recently released pre-feasibility study. The line would run past Watson Lake, Ross River and Carmacks before continuing through central Yukon to Alaska. [Read […]

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Oil Trains Carry Bigger Risks For People Of Color

Oil Trains Carry Bigger Risks For People Of Color

March 14, 2016 | NPR – WESA|A rash of oil train derailments, spills and explosions in recent years has put a spotlight on the silent risks of transporting fossil fuels. Indeed, hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians live within the likely evacuation zone of a potential oil train accident. But according to a new study from […]

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Shelburne And Vermont Railway Battle In Court, And Court Of Public Opinion

Shelburne And Vermont Railway Battle In Court, And Court Of Public Opinion

March 9, 2016 | VPR | The Town of Shelburne and Vermont Railway issued two very different press releases Monday about the same court decision. Both sides claimed victory on what was essentially a non-decision. And in an email to the press, the chairman of the Shelburne Select Board accused Vermont Railway of lying. At […]

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Report: Lynchburg oil train derailment could have been prevented

Report: Lynchburg oil train derailment could have been prevented

March 8, 2016 | Richmond Times-Dispatch| The derailment of a train carrying highly volatile crude oil in downtown Lynchburg two years ago would not have occurred if CSX Transportation had time to carry out the recommendations of a working group on rail failure accepted two weeks before the accident, a federal safety agency has concluded. […]

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