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jeff-morales-has-probably-stomached-enough-lunacy
April 24, 2017
For reasons unspecified other than he may have had enough of dealing with hostile politicians like Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Rail Subcommittee, California High Speed Rail Authority CEO Jeff Morales announced April 21 he is stepping down...
it’s-not-starbucks-but-it’s-way-better-than-amtrak-coffee
April 20, 2017
I appreciate a good cup of coffee, especially a cappuccino or espresso (please don’t say expresso, especially in a good Italian restaurant). That’s why I have refused to drink Amtrak coffee, which is like ingesting lube oil—until now.
fra’s-new-chief-check-ego-at-the-door
April 20, 2017
Ah, to be a public servant fulfilling the boast of Caesar Augustus: “I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.” For the incoming Federal Railroad Administrator, it is best to check ego at the door and accept the pithy...
no-mr-munoz-arm-grabbing-also-is-improper
April 11, 2017
As United Airlines is learning, the grabbing by the arms of a fare-paying, law-abiding 69-year-old passenger, and forcibly dragging him through the aisle for removal from an aircraft for no reason other than United having overbooked the Chicago-Louisville flight and wishing to put a more...
a-simple-case-of-“confusion-to-the-enemy”
March 29, 2017
The Mexicans are coming. The Mexicans are coming—and within verbal-indignities-hurling distance of President Donald J. Trump’s Palm Beach, Fla., Mar-a-Lago “Winter White House.”

aar-to-trump-administration-“proceed-with-caution”
March 29, 2017
I have stressed many times in this blog, and in my monthly magazine columns—at times in harsh terms that may have offended some people who, for reasons I can’t quite figure out, took my remarks personally—that the Trump Administration’s extremely nationalistic ideology, if it morphs...
it-shouldnt-take-a-0-million-man
March 27, 2017
What has been will be again; what has been done will be done again. There is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our...
precision-railroading-with-a-humane-face
March 26, 2017
One of Keith Creel’s first acts upon becoming Canadian Pacific CEO in February was a call to his counterpart at the union representing the railway’s train and engine (T&E) crews. It was time, CP’s top brass hat told the Teamsters senior rail boss, to restore...
who-will-trump-nominate?-perhaps
March 16, 2017
Two months into the Trump Administration, the Washington Post says his nomination process, leading to Senate confirmation, is moving more slowly than any in history. The New York Times describes “dust piling up in key offices … critical power centers in [Trump’s] government devoid of...
labor’s-double-down-bet-on-trump
March 14, 2017
With collective bargaining between 13 labor unions and the nation’s Class I freight railroads (plus some regionals and short lines) over wages, benefits and work rules in its third fitful year, the National Mediation Board (NMB) could declare an impasse as early as late 2017.

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