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The effects of a work stoppage could be felt as soon as Dec. 5. Many in the private sector are looking to Congress for a solution.
It could put extra pressure on global shipping and force companies to raise prices.
Trains are delivering shipping containers brimming with the imported products consumers are demanding. Rail can tell us about U.S. exports, too.
Given the history of U.S. railroads, a chokepoint in the Windy City was "inevitable" once cargo started backing up elsewhere.
There are 81 no-frills train routes left over from the Mao era to service far-flung areas. Who rides them?
After years of being the subject of congressional ire, the federally subsidized company is almost at the point of breaking even.
Transit advocates say the city's system perpetuates inequality.