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STB grants CHSRA preemption request 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 its belief that STB itself has clear title of oversight to the project.

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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....
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...
In a twist to 18th century satirist Jonathan Swift’s “Modest Proposal,” National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) President Bruce Carlton suggests shippers consume (as in “eat”) their railroads. Before the Surface Transportation Board (STB), Carlton termed his petition—that shippers served by only...
fra-mulls-hsr-buy-america-waiver
The Federal Railroad Administration said Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 it intends to grant both Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority waivers from its "Buy America" requirement for the non-domestic final assembly of up to four prototype Tier III high...
fuel-surcharge-antitrust-litigation-takes-an-interesting-twist
In the ongoing, seven-years-and-counting legal battle involving railroads and certain customers who have filed a class-action suit claiming that the railroads engaged in collusion to impose fuel surcharges, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled...

In a twist to 18th century satirist Jonathan Swift’s “Modest Proposal,” National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) President Bruce Carlton suggests shippers consume (as in “eat”) their railroads. Before the Surface Transportation Board (STB), Carlton termed his petition—that shippers served by only...
fra-mulls-hsr-buy-america-waiver
The Federal Railroad Administration said Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 it intends to grant both Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority waivers from its "Buy America" requirement for the non-domestic final assembly of up to four prototype Tier III high...
fuel-surcharge-antitrust-litigation-takes-an-interesting-twist
In the ongoing, seven-years-and-counting legal battle involving railroads and certain customers who have filed a class-action suit claiming that the railroads engaged in collusion to impose fuel surcharges, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled...
report-proposed-tank-car-proposed-rule-is-costly
A report prepared by The Brattle Group on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, states that a new proposed rule on railroad tank cars could cost the U.S. economy as much as $60 billion. The report was submitted by the Railway Supply Institute...
stb-to-weigh-key-trackage-rights-case
The Surface Transportation Board has decided, somewhat reluctantly, to thrash out a trackage rights dispute raised by a BNSF request to acquire "terminal trackage rights over a single track jointly owned by Kansas City Southern Railway Company and Union Pacific...