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Pittsburghers, Amtrak, NS and PennDOT
"I think it’s one of the first times that Amtrak, PennDOT and Norfolk Southern were all at the same table answering questions from legislators on this issue,” says Lucinda Beattie,…
CAGTC to Trump: 7 freight actions to begin term
The Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) released on Dec. 8 its letter to President-elect Trump.
STB's Begeman confirmed to second term
President Obama on Dec. 7 nominated Ann Begeman to another five-year term on the Surface Transportation Board. She was approved by voice vote in an Executive Session of the Senate…
Amidst concerns, optimism for 2017
When Herbert Hoover was President and Republicans controlled the White House and both congressional chambers, there was produced the 1930 Smoot-Hawley tariff boosting import duties to record levels, sparking a…
GAO pricing study addresses contract vs. tariff rates
The U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO) has released a study, “Freight Rail Pricing,” which suggests that rail shippers are amenable to longer-term contracts but wary of pricing.
Crew member fatigue faulted in Union Pacific Hoxie accident
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) named crew member fatigue as the probable cause of a 2014 Union Pacific (UP) Hoxie, Ark., accident that killed two crew members and seriously…
Know your T&I Committee senior staffers
The 115th Congress will soon be under way, and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) on Dec. 6 announced several senior staff changes.
Cardinal Infrastructure open for business
Three former transportation industry officials and government affairs professionals have joined forces to form Cardinal Infrastructure. The Washington, D.C.-based firm will “provide comprehensive strategic advisory services to private and public…
FRA Safety Advisory: More cameras, operational testing, radio communications and sleep apnea testing
The Federal Railroad Administration on Dec. 3 issued Safety Advisory 2016-03 “to stress to passenger and commuter railroads the importance of taking action to help mitigate human factor accidents, assist…
If I were a FELA attorney . . .
William Rockefeller, the Metro-North engineer who fell asleep at the controls of Train 8808 on Dec. 1, 2013 and caused a derailment that killed four people and injured 61, is…
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