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Safety-tech deadline may exempt US railways from freight obligations

The Dec 31 deadline to implement PTC prompts Buffett's BNSF Railway to consider suspending service

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A man waits for a railroad to pass in the Upper Ninth Ward on Aug 20, 2015

Washington

US RAILROADS may not be obligated under federal law to carry freight including crude oil and hazardous materials from Jan 1 if they fail to meet a year-end deadline for implementing new train safety technology, according to a top federal regulator.

In a Sept 3 letter to

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