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Greenbrier responds to PHMSA tank car NPRM The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. on Sept. 30, 2014, filed comments to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on HHFTs (High Hazard Flammable Trains)—hazmat tank cars carrying crude oil and ethanol—issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The deadline for filing comments is Sept. 30.

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Shares of The Greenbrier Companies and Trinity Industries fell 10.2% and 7.7%, respectively, in afternoon trading on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, one day after the deadline for final comments on the U.S. DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration’s Notice of...
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The Association of American Railroads on Sept. 30, 2014 submitted its comments on the U.S. Department of Transportation-Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) on standards for tank cars carrying flammable liquids such as crude...
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The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T)'s TEX Rail project has received a Record of Decision (ROD) from both the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal Aviation Administration, the T announced Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 . Construction could begin in...
Whatever the unrevealed reasons for Cynthia Quarterman’s (pictured) Oct. 3, 2014 departure as head of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a change at the top may reverse the federal regulator’s much-criticized lethargy in fixing the core cause...
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The Surface Transportation Board said it has awarded a contract to InterVISTAS Consulting LLC (InterVISTAS) "to conduct an independent analysis that evaluates potential alternative rate regulation approaches, with the goal of reducing the time, cost and complexity of rate reasonableness...

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Whatever the unrevealed reasons for Cynthia Quarterman’s (pictured) Oct. 3, 2014 departure as head of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a change at the top may reverse the federal regulator’s much-criticized lethargy in fixing the core cause...
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The Surface Transportation Board said it has awarded a contract to InterVISTAS Consulting LLC (InterVISTAS) "to conduct an independent analysis that evaluates potential alternative rate regulation approaches, with the goal of reducing the time, cost and complexity of rate reasonableness...
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The Surface Transportation Board on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, ruled in favor of a short line railroad seeking to build a propane storage facility in North Grafton, Mass., against the objections of local residents. Grafton, Mass.-based Grafton & Upton Railroad (G&U),...
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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has published the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Orlando to West Palm Beach section (Phase II) of All Aboard Florida LLC’s (AAF) passenger rail project. The DEIS is a milestone in the clearance process...
An Iraqi proverb reads, “Show them death and they will accept a fever.” Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), whose foreign affairs knowledge trumps an inadequate understanding of economics, appears to have stumbled across the proverb and embraced it as...