As drugs flow north, UP faces higher fines

Jul 27, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: UTU News

Federal fines levied against Union Pacific grew by $101 million in July as more illegal drugs were found on trains coming from Mexico, reports the Omaha World-Herald. Fines now total $162.5 million, despite protests from the nation's largest railroad that it cannot control railcars as they cross the border.

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Paul Currier

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Jul 27, 2010
 
This just shows that the Obama Administration is out of touch with reality. Blame someone else. The Fed's don't want to do their job in securing the Mexican border for fear of hutring Calderon's feelings, but they have no problem fining and then stopping someone else from doing their job.
Not a Railroader

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Let's see, according to the article UP does not receive the train directly from the Mexican railroad. Instead the Mexican railroad delivers it to the customs inspectors who, if they find anything illegal, get to fine UP. Does anyone else see a problem with this picture?

Here is a solution.

Allow UP to receive the train from the Mexican railroad and bring it into a quarantine area where they (UP) have a set time (say 3 hours) to inspect it. Up then notifies the customs inspectors of all violations that they find, then the customs inspectors get to go over it and only if they find something more do they get to fine UP.
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The wall, don't let trains through. So stop the trains from Mexico. Nobody can stop folks anywhere from putting stuff on RRs. Or maybe we need walled train corridors so only officials have train access during entire route. Something like they are doing in Israel. Walls is the 21st Century solutions as recommended by 20th century poet Robert Frost.

And this must be done for Canadian traffic or we will again be exposed to something on the train.

Since: May 07

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Dec 16, 2010
 
dunnage wrote:
The wall, don't let trains through. So stop the trains from Mexico. Nobody can stop folks anywhere from putting stuff on RRs. Or maybe we need walled train corridors so only officials have train access during entire route. Something like they are doing in Israel. Walls is the 21st Century solutions as recommended by 20th century poet Robert Frost.

And this must be done for Canadian traffic or we will again be exposed to something on the train.
Trains that enter the us from Canada at the border between Washington and British Columbia have to run through an ex ray scanner that will see if there some discrepancy in the cargo entering the US or if their is people hiding in the rail cars on the freight trains. Then the border patrol is notified and customs as well

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