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“We Need Not Be Polite” Hears First National Conference On Oil Train Threats

“We Need Not Be Polite” Hears First National Conference On Oil Train Threats
On November 12th, I boarded a train headed to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the first national independent gathering focused on the topic of oil trains. The trip would take me through Philadelphia where an Amtrak train crashed in May resulting in eight fatalities and over 200 injuries.
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Obama's Supertrain Plan to Connect the Midwest

Obama's Supertrain Plan to Connect the Midwest
High Speed Rail is a big part of President Obama's plan to beef up infrastructure, especially in the interior of the country, where bridges and roads have fallen into disrepair after a series of budget cuts. But it's not just about fancy bullet trains, there are a host of ways cities and towns would get connected, and faster.
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Law Derailed: Train Industry Seeks Another Extension for Safety Measures First Suggested in 1970

Law Derailed: Train Industry Seeks Another Extension for Safety Measures First Suggested in 1970
Despite a rash of deadly train crashes, the railroad industry's allies in Congress are trying to push back the deadline for installing technology to prevent the most catastrophic types of collisions until at least 2020, half a century after accident investigators first called for such safety measures. It's a prime example of the way lobbyists can work in Washington, even after a law is passed.
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Joan Lowy
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