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Oregon OKs CBR terminal expansion One day after Oregon denied a permit for a coal export terminal on the Columbia River, a separate state body has approved plans to expand a crude-by-rail (CBR) transfer terminal serving trains and barge traffic.

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Two Chevy Chase, Md., residents and the Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail, a citizen's group, have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop the proposed Purple Line light rail transit project due to claims of threatening two species of...
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A National Transportation Safety Board report on a Conrail Shared Assets derailment in Paulsboro, N.J., cites several factors, including inadequate safety training for train crews, as contributing factors. The NTSB report on the Nov. 30, 2012 incident recommends at least two...
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Chronic laxity by Canada’s transportation regulator is identified by the country’s accident investigator as the primary underlying cause of the July 6, 2013 derailment and explosion at Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, of a Montreal, Maine & Atlantic train carrying 7.7 million liters...
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The Surface Transportation Board late Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, announced it will hold a public field hearing on Sept. 4, 2014 "to provide interested persons and parties the opportunity to report on service problems in the United States rail network,...
oregon-rejects-coal-export-terminal-plan
Oregon's Department of State Lands on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, denied a permit for construction of a coal export project on the Columbia River to bolster international coal export. The decision puts additional pressure on the coal industry and western North...

stb-summons-cp-bnsf-to-service-hearing
The Surface Transportation Board late Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, announced it will hold a public field hearing on Sept. 4, 2014 "to provide interested persons and parties the opportunity to report on service problems in the United States rail network,...
oregon-rejects-coal-export-terminal-plan
Oregon's Department of State Lands on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, denied a permit for construction of a coal export project on the Columbia River to bolster international coal export. The decision puts additional pressure on the coal industry and western North...
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Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Tex, (Houston's METRO) has filed a motion with the Surface Transportation Board to formally acquire nearly 58 miles of right-of-way from Union Pacific Railroad . STB Docket No. FD 35846, published Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014,...
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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on DOT 111 tank cars for crude oil and HHFTs (High-Hazard Flammable Trains), specifically the NPRM’s proposal for phasing out older, pre-CPC-1232 tank cars, could worsen the crude oil tank car...
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The Surface Transportation Board has ruled that the California High-Speed Rail Authority "is authorized to construct a 114-mile high-speed passenger rail line between Fresno and Bakersfield, Cal., subject to environmental mitigation conditions," thus giving the state's high speed rail effort...