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Analysts, legal and financial experts weigh in on DOT’s HHFT NPRM The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued by the U.S. DOT for HHFTs (High-Hazard Flammable Trains) hauling crude oil and other commodities the DOT deems hazardous in tank cars has produced a flurry of commentary and analysis, with varied opinions.

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Schellville, Calif.-based short line Northwestern Pacific Railroad Co. (NWP) has expressed displeasure with recent actions undertaken by Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) actions that the freight railroad says is disrupting its service capabilities. In a letter dated July 4, 2014, sent...
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Washington, D.C.-based attorney Ann-Therese Schmid has returned to Nossaman LLP as a partner, in the firm’s Infrastructure Practice Group. She was previously a member of Nossaman’s Infrastructure practice in the firm’s Austin, Tex., office from 2005 through 2006. “Ann-Therese Schmid possesses...
cbr-obstacles-vary-but-multiply
Pushback against crude-by-rail (CBR) oil shipments continues to develop in a variety of ways, from local protests to looming action from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). BNSF Railway already has noted it...
aar-to-stb-market-forces-aid-grain-shippers
In a 24-page submission to the Surface Transportation Board dated Thursday, June 26, 2014, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) responded to STB's request "seeking input on the Board's rate reasonableness complaint procedures related to the transportation of grain by...
canada-accelerates-transportation-review
Acknowledging that the country’s 19th century railway network and its regulatory regime are not up to the demands placed upon it by 21st century shippers, Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced July 25 an accelerated timeline for a comprehensive, arm’s-length...

aar-to-stb-market-forces-aid-grain-shippers
In a 24-page submission to the Surface Transportation Board dated Thursday, June 26, 2014, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) responded to STB's request "seeking input on the Board's rate reasonableness complaint procedures related to the transportation of grain by...
canada-accelerates-transportation-review
Acknowledging that the country’s 19th century railway network and its regulatory regime are not up to the demands placed upon it by 21st century shippers, Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced July 25 an accelerated timeline for a comprehensive, arm’s-length...
stb-to-class-is-file-grain-order-plans
The Surface Transportation Board is requiring Canadian Pacific and BNSF “to publicly file their plans to timely resolve their backlogs of grain car orders, as well as weekly status reports pertaining to grain car service.” STB's decision, Docket No. EP 724...
canada-tsb-clears-interim-cbr-reforms
Canada's transportation accident investigators gave the country's rail regulator, Transport Canada, a passing grade on interim emergency directives introduced in April to reduce the chances of crude oil train explosions such as that which devastated downtown Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, on July...
tank-car-of-the-future-among-greenbrier-railcar-contracts
Not including orders for 7,000 new railcars worth $700 million announced May 21, 2014, Greenbrier has been awarded contracts for 7,700 cars from multiple buyers valued at more than $960 million. Among the orders are 3,500 Tank Cars of the...