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FRA’s new chief: Check ego at the door
Ah, to be a public servant fulfilling the boast of Caesar Augustus: “I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.” For the incoming Federal…
California formally petitions for zero-emissions locomotives
The California Air Resources Board has petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to take action to adopt more stringent emission standards for locomotives, saying that the move is needed to clean…
Kan nominated for DOT post
President Trump on April 7 nominated Derek Kan as Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy at the U.S. DOT.
NTSB: DOT-111 ethanol cars in UP wreck
The derailment and resulting fire involving a Union Pacific ethanol train in March included older DOT-111 tank cars, according to a preliminary government report.
STB proposes to expedite rail rate cases
The Surface Transportation Board proposed new rules to help improve and expedite rail rate reasonableness cases.
ACI sides with railroads against reregulation: Report
The American Consumer Institute (ACI), a 501c(3) non-profit educational organization with no ties to the U.S. freight railroad industry, is speaking out against what it calls “continued attempts to overregulate…
CSX fuel tax suit dismissed
A U.S. District Court Judge in Alabama dismissed a lawsuit by CSX alleging a state tax on diesel fuel discriminated against railroads.
Canada commits to funding GO regional rail
The government of Canada will provide C$1.8 billion (US$1.35 billion) to the GO Transit Regional Express rail (GO RER) project in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area.
Chao: Regulations, not funding, stalling infrastructure
Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao says the Trump Administration's forthcoming infrastructure proposal will cover more than infrastructure, and reiterated the belief that regulatory red tape, not funding, is responsible for…
No vote for bill aimed at regulating Brightline
The future of a bill aimed at regulating Brightline, South Florida’s private passenger rail operation, is in question after a House committee this week postponed a vote on the measure.
Rail safety and transport bills approved by House committee
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Wednesday approved legislation involving passenger rail.
A simple case of “confusion to the enemy”
The Mexicans are coming. The Mexicans are coming—and within verbal-indignities-hurling distance of President Donald J. Trump’s Palm Beach, Fla., Mar-a-Lago “Winter White House.”
AAR to Trump Administration: “Proceed with caution”
I have stressed many times in this blog, and in my monthly magazine columns—at times in harsh terms that may have offended some people who, for reasons I can’t quite…
Ferromex dealing for Florida East Coast Railway
Just weeks after acquiring Florida East Coast Industries (FECI), parent of Florida East Coast Railway (FECR), a Japanese hedge fund is close to a deal to sell the regional carrier…
It shouldn't take a $300 million man
What has been will be again; what has been done will be done again. There is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, “Look!…
Passenger ops lagging freight RRs in PTC progress: FRA
The Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration released a status update today on railroads' progress implementing positive train control (PTC) systems in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Trade coalition urges commitment to TIGER project funding
The Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) called on President Donald Trump and Congress to fund the Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery program, or TIGER,…
Guest Editorial: Putting the brakes on new regulations
Nine years ago, the tragic head-on collision of a Metrolink commuter train and a Union Pacific freight train near Chatsworth, Calif., ended debate on whether railroads should be required to…
Trump budget: Reduce Amtrak, FTA New-Starts; kill TIGER grants; privatize air traffic control
Eliminating Amtrak’s long-distance trains, curtailing the FTA’s New-Starts program, eliminating the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) discretionary grant program, and privatizing the FAA air traffic control system are among…
Who will Trump nominate? Perhaps …
Two months into the Trump Administration, the Washington Post says his nomination process, leading to Senate confirmation, is moving more slowly than any in history. The New York Times describes…
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