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Cory Martin

Illinois State Legislative Board Chairman

Congressman Chuy Garcia

Had an excellent conversation with Congressman Chuy Garcia this morning. As you can expect, he is very squarely behind the Railway Safety legislation moving through the US Congress. I stressed to him the importance that ALL of the items and protections must stay in...

2023 Don Little Scholarship Applications

The BLET’s Illinois State Legislative Board is currently accepting applications for its Don Little Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was established in 2013. Up to Three (3) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to applicants whose parent or guardian is a BLET member in...

Don Little Memorial Scholarship Fund

The BLET’s Illinois State Legislative Board is currently accepting applications for its Don Little Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was established in 2013. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to applicants whose parent or guardian is a BLET member in good...

Call To Action!

March 11, 2021 Brothers and Sisters, Once again, I am asking you to rise to the occasion, once again a call to action! The Illinois House Bill HB2524 – VEH CD- FREIGHT TRAIN LENGTH has been assigned to a committee and we MUST “slip” this committee as a proponent...

Train Length Legislation

February 16, 2021 Brothers and Sisters, First, a little news regarding some recent legislative developments within Illinois. SMART- TD has spear headed and introduced train length legislation in multiple states throughout the US. Small variations in the exact language...

As head of the Federal Railroad Administration, Amitabha Bose is driving an increase in safety precautions and overseeing unprecedented rail investments through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Around half a million railroad carloads of freight are...

US Senate to consider nomination of NTSB chair for new term

US Senate to consider nomination of NTSB chair for new term WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee will hold an April 10 hearing on the nomination of Jennifer Homendy to serve a new term as chair of the National Transportation Safety Board....

BNSF, CPKC say they won’t pay new Minnesota safety fee

BNSF, CPKC say they won’t pay new Minnesota safety fee ST. PAUL, Minn. — BNSF Railway and CPKC, the two largest railroads in Minnesota, do not plan to make payments of approximately $1 million to the state required by a law passed last year, saying the state...