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STB proposing revised arbitration procedures The Surface Transportation Board is proposing to amend existing procedures for the arbitration of disputes before the Board to make those procedures conform to statutory requirements of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2015.

cahsr-amends-funding-grant
On May 18, 2016, the California High-Speed Rail Authority announced amendments to its grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, the first amendment to the grant agreement since 2012. This move comes after the CHSRA recently...
Executive Summary: After one year of investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the cause of the fatal derailment of Amtrak train 188 at Frankford Junction is exactly the same as the cause determined within eight hours by...
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Now available from the Surface Transportation Board Office of Economics is a report providing annual carload and corresponding tonnage data for freight railroad transportation either originating, terminating, or traversing each U.S. state. The report is derived from the Board’s Confidential Waybill...
feis-published-for-twin-cities’-southwest-lrt-project
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published the final environmental document on the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project (Metro Green Line Extension) in Minneapolis-St. Paul, marking a major step closer to realization of the $1.79 billion project. The Final Environmental Impact Statement's...
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied and halted the permitting process for the $700 million Gateway Pacific Terminal project in Washington State because of objections by the Native Americans of Lummi Nation based on their land and fishing...

feis-published-for-twin-cities’-southwest-lrt-project
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published the final environmental document on the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project (Metro Green Line Extension) in Minneapolis-St. Paul, marking a major step closer to realization of the $1.79 billion project. The Final Environmental Impact Statement's...
this-land-is
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied and halted the permitting process for the $700 million Gateway Pacific Terminal project in Washington State because of objections by the Native Americans of Lummi Nation based on their land and fishing...
senate-unanimity-rail-safety-bill-passes
In a rarity in Congress, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Act on May 11, 2016. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.Dak.) introduced the act after a train derailment in Casselton, N.Dak. in...
hunter-harrison-disrupting-the-status-quo
National Transportation Policy mandates that railroads be managed efficiently. While railroad performance is reflective of improvement, some railroads excel, with the reasons increasingly under digital scrutiny by activist money managers entrusted with investments of foundations, endowments and pension funds seeking...
environmental-review-sprouts-for-first-section-of-cahsr-project
Both the California High-Speed Rail Authority and its federal partner, the Federal Railroad Administration, initiated the environmental review process for the project's northern section: the 51-mile line between San Francisco and San Jose. On May 9, 2016, the agencies announced three...