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BNSF pauses on tank car purchase BNSF Railway is taking a second look at an earlier plan to purchase up to 5,000 tank cars for hauling oil products, following feedback from some of its customers, according to BNSF Chairman Matt Rose.

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Proving once again he has more lives than cartoon character Wile E. Coyote, former Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairman Dan Elliott is poised to receive his second White House renomination. The first renomination expired with adjournment of the 113th Congress...
tank-car-safety-ptc-on-ntsb’s-2015-most-wanted-list
The National Transportation Safety Board has released it 2015 list of ten “Most Wanted” areas that require safety improvements. Six of the ten are either rail specific or multi-modal; four, among them tank car safety, are new. The ten most-wanted improvements...
greenbrier-lauds-ntsb-on-tank-car-safety-priority
The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. announced its support for the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, for NTSB's placing tank car safety on its "Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements for 2015." "Including tank car safety on the...
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Only a damned fool would beg Congress for passenger rail funding, trapping in amber the status quo. With tax-and-spend hostile Republicans in control of the House and Senate until at least 2017, America’s passenger trains and their advocates are between...
stb-massachusetts-can-buy-short-line-assets
The Surface Transportation Board on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 gave preliminary approval to Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to acquire "certain physical railroad assets" from Canaan, Conn.-based short line Housatonic Railroad Co., Inc. The Board split its decision, for now, on...

stb-massachusetts-can-buy-short-line-assets
The Surface Transportation Board on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 gave preliminary approval to Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to acquire "certain physical railroad assets" from Canaan, Conn.-based short line Housatonic Railroad Co., Inc. The Board split its decision, for now, on...
cp-welcomes-cab-monitoring-technology
Canadian Pacific has reviewed the Canadian Transportation Safety Board’s report on the collision between two CP freight trains near Dunmore, Alberta in May, 2013 and says it “is fully supportive of the TSB’s conclusion with respect to cab monitoring technology....
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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded an MTA Metro-North Railroad employee who was injured in 2011 the largest punitive damages ever awarded in a retaliation case under the Federal Railroad Safety Act...
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The Surface Transportation Board issued a declaratory order per request by the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) to limit injunctions against California's intrastate high speed rail project through use of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), among other items reiterating...
The Surface Transportation Board on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, noted that for the sixth consecutive year, it "has been ranked No. 1 among small federal agencies by the Partnership for Public Service (PPS)," through the latter's 2014 Best Places to...