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Senate passes S.808 The U.S. Senate on June 19, 2015 passed S.808, the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015, which would authorize appropriations for STB programs, establish the STB as a government agency independent of the Department of Transportation, and authorize other key changes in the agency’s operations.

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The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has been awarded $31.9 million from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), the agency announced July 1, 2015. The MTS is one of only 14 projects in the state funded by the...
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Reading & Northern Railroad (R&N) filed suit against the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority (JRA) in Northumberland County Court on June 26, 2015 for allegations that include illegally competing against R&N and other for-profit businesses. The suit points out that JRA was...
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The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) announced on June 30, 2015 this year’s recipients of $224 million in competitive grants that support high-quality public transportation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions causing worldwide climate change. The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund is providing...
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Addressing the need for increased national freight research, U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) introduced on June 29, 2015 legislation aimed at improving freight mobility through transportation research and strategic planning. H.R. 2886, or the Future Transportation Research and Innovation for Prosperity...
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Daniel R. Elliott III was sworn in as the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Chairman on June 26, 2015, pledging to promote transparency and improve and streamline regulation of the nation’s freight railroads. President Barack Obama nominated Elliott to the Board on...

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The Railway Supply Institute, Inc. (RSI) has issued an urgent Legislative Action Alert requesting that action be taken to oppose any legislation that allows for an increase in truck size and weight regulations.   The Senate Full Committee on Appropriations is set...
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Transport Canada has uncovered serious violations in connection with the horrific 2013 oil train derailment in Lac-Mégantic under the Railway Safety Act and the Fisheries Act, the department announced June 22, 2015. An investigation under Canada’s Railway Safety Act found that...
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Railway Age was in Chicago June 17-18 at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel for its first-annual Rail Insights conference, structured as a series of conversations with industry leaders who, with Railway Age’s experienced team of editors, engaged in an interactive dialogue...
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The U.S. Senate on June 19, 2015 passed S.808, the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015, which would authorize appropriations for STB programs, establish the STB as a government agency independent of the Department of Transportation, and authorize other...
The National Transportation Safety Board, in a second update of the May 12 fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, announced that it found no indication that the locomotive engineer of train no. 188 was using his cell phone to talk or...