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AAR: Senate STB bill would harm rail investment The Association of American Railroads (AAR) said Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 it is concerned "over the Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Bill (S.2777), scheduled to be marked up in the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Somebody asked me my opinion, and you know how dangerous that can be... After the Federal Railroad Administration announced its proposed rule-making on mandatory train crew size; after BNSF and SMART announced a tentative agreement on single-person operating crews for certain...
Congress is about to adjourn for its single-most-important function these days as mid-term elections loom: getting re-elected. That means it’s time to get down to some serious last-minute, constituent-coddling activities, like proposing legislation beating down the big, bad, monopolistic freight...
cbr-liability-a-trial-lawyer’s-perspective
At an increasingly rapid rate, the surge in crude by rail during the past few years has spawned significant litigation risk for a broadening group of “target defendants.” That’s why it’s important for all entities involved in CBR to be...
north-dakota-seizes-initiative-in-cbr-degasification
The vital other shoe in crude by rail reform will drop not in Ottawa or Washington, but in Bismark, N.Dak., where, in the void created by federal inaction, officials are preparing to use state jurisdiction over natural resources to order...
feds-skeptical-of-purple-line-foes-shrimp-woes
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...

stb-five-class-i-railroads-revenue-adequate
The Surface Transportation Board announced Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, that it has found five U.S. Class I railroad properties to be "revenue adequate for the year 2013, meaning that five of the Class I railroads achieved a rate of return...
amtrak-to-stb-investigate-cn
Amtrak on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, made clear in part its frustration over its own on-time performance by calling on the Surface Transportation Board to look into the matter, specifically as it concerns Canadian National Railway. "In support of passengers, state...
feds-skeptical-of-purple-line-foes-shrimp-woes
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...
ntsb-paulsboro-report-faults-training-adequacy
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...
exemptions-expanded-in-fras-final-ptc-rule
The Federal Railroad Aministration published its final rule concerning Positive Train Control (PTC) systems in the Aug. 22, 2014, Federal Register. The rule, which takes effect Oct. 21, 2014, expands certain exemptions and comes 16 months before the full implementation...