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AGING #INFRASTRUCTURE

More than 230 locks along U.S. waterways are in danger of failing, disrupting transportation which costs a fraction of what rail and trucking costs, according to the Army Corps of Engineers, which estimates more than $70 billion worth of cargo is shipped annually on the nation’s rivers. The Wall Street Journal Wednesday took an in-depth… read more

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FEDERAL REGULATORS TIGHTEN RAIL-SAFETY ENFORCEMENT

Federal regulators are enforcing rail-safety rules more stringently, issuing more alleged violations against Amtrak and freight carriers amid worries over shipping crude oil and hazardous chemicals, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

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BOND SALE

Without a full budget in place, Illinois plans to sell nearly $500 million dollars in general obligation bonds this month in hopes of funding road construction and transportation projects.

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RAIL MERGER REBUFFED

Norfolk Southern rejected Canadian Pacific’s unsolicited acquisition offer, valued at over $28 billion, saying the tie-up undervalues the company and is unlikely to be cleared by regulators.    

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TRANSPORTATION BILL PASSES

 The Senate gave final congressional approval Thursday night to a five-year, $305 billion highway bill on an 83-16 vote, hours after the House passed the measure. Now the president’s signature is the only thing standing in the way of the first long-term bill in a decade. The measure also restores $3 billion in funding to… read more

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HIGHWAY BILL

After three weeks of negotiations, a conference committee has agreed on final language of a bill to reauthorize federal highway funding through FY 2020, following more than 30 short-term extensions of the program. Congressional leaders also used the highway bill to reverse a $3 billion cut to crop insurers.

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WOTUS RULE

Senate Republicans are forcing a debate over the Obama administration’s Clean Water Act rule this week, while the House could debate raising truck weight limits, another priority for agriculture, as part of a long-term highway funding bill. Check out our Action Request on FarmWeekNow.com.

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LOW WATER

A section of the upper Mississippi River was closed to commercial traffic by the Coast Guard over the weekend for emergency dredging operations after a tow boat ran aground in low water near Quincy, Illinois, on Saturday. The disruption is preventing many grain elevators north of the closure from receiving empty barges they need to… read more

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RAIL DEADLINE APPROACHING

Unable to comply with the looming Dec. 31 deadline for implementing positive train control, railroads are warning customers that they might stop rolling altogether-and soon, unless Congress gives them more time. Positive train control is a GPS-based train control system designed to prevent collisions and over-speed derailments.

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BARGE WOES

A traffic jam of over 800 boats and barges has formed along a stretch of the Ohio River, as maintenance work ties up one of the busiest domestic shipping routes for grain, coal and other natural resources.

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