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DOJ, DOD oppose CP-NS combination The Surface Transportation Board, in seeking comments addressing Canadian Pacific’s petition for an expedited declaratory order, has received letters from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Defense-United States Army, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command Transportation Engineering Agency, Railroads for National Defense Program opposing CP’s proposed acquisition of Norfolk Southern, and/or CP CEO Hunter Harrison becoming a senior executive at NS.

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Cowen and Company Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor Jason Seidl returned from attending the April 26-28, 2016 North East Association of Rail Shippers (NEARS) Spring Conference in Baltimore “with updated thoughts on the rail industry”: “In general,...
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At the MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board meeting, which took place on April 25, 2016, Keolis presented a new proposal for fare collection that would dramatically reduce fare evasion on the MBTA Commuter Rail system while increasing revenue by...
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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on April 26, 2016 signed S.B. 369, a landmark bill that empowers the City of Atlanta to hold a fall ballot referendum asking voters to support a half-penny sales tax to expand the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid...
News item: Executive Order No. 13725, issued April 15 by President Obama, and published in the April 20 Federal Register, mandates that Executive Branch federal agencies take specific actions to promote competition. News reminder: The Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Act of 2015 removed the STB from...
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Prior to its rollout at the Wi-Tronix Chicago Conference on May 17, 2016, the company has revealed several features of its all-new Violet™ Locomotive Data Acquisition Recording System (LDARS). “Violet™ is unlike anything the railroad industry has seen,” says Wi-Tronix Vice...

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Prior to its rollout at the Wi-Tronix Chicago Conference on May 17, 2016, the company has revealed several features of its all-new Violet™ Locomotive Data Acquisition Recording System (LDARS). “Violet™ is unlike anything the railroad industry has seen,” says Wi-Tronix Vice...
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The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, North America’s single-largest public transportation agency, has pulled the plug on Transit Member status in APTA, the American Public Transportation Association. MTA’s decision, according to a blistering seven-page April 8, 2016 letter to APTA President...
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In a letter to the Surface Transportation Board filed April 13, 2016, CSX contends that “giving Amtrak trains absolute priority over the old RF&P (Washington-Richmond right-of-way) upends commuter train operations, drastically limits the number of available slots for freight trains,...
For those sheltering railroads against assaults on regulatory freedoms, the 1980 Staggers Rail Act (Staggers) is considered sacrosanct. Shippers lacking effective transportation alternatives say conditions have changed profoundly since 1980, with railroads now financially sound and capable of meeting current and...
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U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) were honored with a prestigious award conferred by the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) on April 12, 2016 at the organization’s annual Congressional Reception. The “Golden Spike” Award is given...