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Will safety investments to protect railroads, public increase CBR costs?
A sell-off of shares in companies engaged in extracting oil from the mid-continent Bakken formation was the first indication from investors that they expect government scrutiny of the potentially explosive crude will disrupt crude-by-rail (CBR) and escalate its costs.
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The National Transportation Safety Board recently released an open letter to MTA Metro-North Railroad containing its initial safety recommendations derived from the ongoing investigation into the Dec. 1, 2013 derailment of train 8808, which killed four passengers and injured 59. The...
KCS to stockholders: Be prepared
Legislation introduced in late 2013 in Mexico’s House of Deputies to amend certain provisions in the Mexican Regulatory Railroad Service Law could have “a material adverse effect” on Kansas City Southern’s consolidated financial statements if the proposed amendments “are ultimately...
STB: BNSF, KCS, UP mediation "mandatory"
The Surface Transportation Board is directing BNSF Railway, Kansas City Southern Railway, and Union Pacific to "Engage in mandatory mediation to resolve" the issue of trackage rights over nine miles of right-of-way in Texas and Louisiana. STB's decision announced Monday, April...
Mongeau continues assault on “intrusive re-regulation”
“Intrusive re-regulation of railways alone will not increase rail volumes of grain, now or in the future,” CN President and CEO Claude Mongeau said in an address to the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. “Canada’s grain handling and transportation system can...
AAR responds to service questions raised at STB hearing
Following an April 10, 2014 Surface Transportation Board hearing on railroad service issues, the Association of American Railroads issued a statement in response to questions that have been raised. “There have been recent rail service challenges in certain parts of the...
FRA to issue proposed rule on minimum train crew size
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) revealed its intention to issue a proposed rule requiring two-person train crews on crude oil trains and establishing minimum crew size standards for most main line freight and passenger rail operations. The FRA also intends...
Study questions truck size, weight increases
At a morning news conference April 9, 2014 in Washington, D.C., findings from a recent report, An Analysis of Truck Size and Weight Issues, Phase I – Safety, were officially released, detailing the risks and detrimental impacts of increased truck...
STB seeks input on rail revenue adequacy
The Surface Transportation Board announced Wednesday, April 2, 2014 that it is seeking written comments from the public in advance of a future public hearing "to explore both the Board's methodology for determining railroad revenue adequacy and the revenue adequacy...
STB to review railroad service issues
The Surface Transportation Board announced Tuesday, April 1, 2014 that it will hold a public hearing on April 10 "to provide interested persons the opportunity to report on recent railroad service issues, review proposed solutions to existing service problems, and...
CP on Canadian grain legislation: “Ineffective and grossly unfair”
Canadian Pacific on March 27, 2014 issued a strong response to the Canadian government’s decision to introduce legislation expanding already-regulated interswitching limits for grain movements. “CP believes that the government has unfortunately chosen to introduce legislation that will do nothing to...
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