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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Rail transit funding vs. mob psychology

The carnage has begun. No, not the “carnage” that our malignantly narcissistic President declared in his Inauguration Day campaign bloviation (“16 minutes of hooey and horse hockey about corrupt politicians…
Press releases disguised as letters? Or letters disguised as press releases? In a corporate power struggle, either method can be deployed with the intent of influencing shareholders. Both sides in…
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New, potentially disruptive businesses

This is Jim Blaze, rail economist and teacher—sometimes a reporter; always one who questions. I’m concerned about how the “Big 7” railroads are going to address their next five to…
With early indications that the Trump Administration is a political version of the Jerry Springer show, expect an atypical legislative session, with the Republican majority sometimes in open conflict with…
Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Seriously, Mr. Denham?

You want to kill yet another chance to bring U.S. passenger rail into the 21st Century? Play a disingenuous game of smoke and mirrors by attempting to associate the object…
Thursday, February 02, 2017

STB, FRA judicial ally under attack

If Judge Neil Gorsuch is Senate-confirmed to the Supreme Court, federal regulatory agencies such as the Surface Transportation Board (STB) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) could be closer to losing…
Expediency over principle describes a unanimous vote Jan. 27 by the three Surface Transportation Board (STB) members—Acting Chairman Ann Begeman, a Republican, and Democrats Dan Elliott and Deb Miller.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Does CSX need the "HH cure"?

First, let me make this perfectly clear: Two-time Railway Age Railroader of the Year E. Hunter Harrison (2002, CN/Illinois Central; 2015, Canadian Pacific) is one of our industry’s best all-time…
News item: Republican Ann Dawn Begeman, 52, was confirmed by the Senate in December to a second term—expiring Dec. 31, 2020—on the five-person Surface Transportation Board (STB). Expect her to…
Months before his previously announced official retirement as CEO, Hunter Harrison has abruptly severed all ties with Canadian Pacific, handing the company’s reins to President Keith Creel. According to numerous…
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