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AAR names Jefferies SVP Government Affairs
The Association of American Railroads has appointed Ian Jefferies as Senior Vice President of its Government Affairs department, effective Dec. 11, 2013.
RSI committee offers tank car recommendations
The Railway Supply Institute Committee on Tank Cars (RSICTC) is urging the federal Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to support rulemaking that would enhance the…
RDC reimbursed for Guatemala action
Pittsburgh-based Railroad Development Corp. (RDC) confirmed Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, that it had been paid the full $14.6 million awarded in its six-year international arbitration against the Republic of Guatemala…
NJ House rep seeks more rail oversight
Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D-N.J.) has introduced a bill calling for independent oversight of railroads and particularly railroad infrastructure, arguing that U.S. freight railroads aren't pursuing adequate safety measures.
Canada steps up hazmat reporting requirements
Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, issued a directive that requires railroads to provide annual information to municipalities on the volume and nature of hazmat being…
AAR to DOT: Upgrade tank car regs
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, urged the U.S. Department of Transportation "to press for improved federal tank car regulations by requiring all tank cars…
STB decision upholds federal preemption of state statutes
The Surface Transportation Board has ruled that claims filed against Norfolk Southern in certain Virginia state court lawsuits are preempted by federal law. STB, in “NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY—PETITION FOR…
Railway Interchange 2013: Upbeat, and back for more
Healthy attendance and a record number of suppliers exhibiting at RI2013 established this biennial gathering as a can’t-miss event.
California clout heralds coal’s ultimate decline
Depending on your energy viewpoint, credit California—or blame it—for coal's very uncertain future as a primary energy source, or even the primary freight volume mainstay.
House T&I panel releases freight transportation report
In a rare display of bipartisan functionality on Capitol Hill, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation has released its final report on the current…
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