Regulatory

On the offensive following the Surface Transportation Board’s recent flurry of activity on multiple proposed regulations, the Association of American Railroads wrote to leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee and…
FRA-regulated railroads are the only U.S. transportation mode that do not have comprehensive, federally mandated medical fitness-for-duty standards and monitoring protocols. Only vision and hearing are covered by FRA regulations.…
The Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) on Sept. 22 released an independent study it commissioned from InterVISTAS Consulting LLC that examined the STB’s approach to freight rail rate regulation…
A Surface Transportation Board study on the Board’s SAC (stand-alone cost) rate reasonableness methodology is complete and can be downloaded at the link below.
Herzog Technologies, Inc. (HTI) has entered into a contract with short line holding company Watco Companies, LLC to provide PTC (positive train control) program management and back office hosting services.
Canadian Pacific joined the Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB), which released a study on September 19, in reiterating support for the Minister of Transport to implement Locomotive Voice and Video…
Federal Railroad Administration data says the percentage of rail workers who tested positive in random drug tests increased to 0.53% in 2015 from 0.37% in 2014, following five years of…
The Surface Transportation Board is advising the public of an upcoming change to its Internet website address.
The Greenbrier Companies announced Sept. 8, 2016 that its subsidiary, Greenbrier Management Services LLC (GMS) has expanded its railcar asset management business with the launch of a new Regulatory Services…
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) on Sept. 8, 2016 announced its annual determination of revenue adequacy for U.S. Class I freight railroads for 2015. Of the "Big Seven" (five U.S.…
In a Sept. 1, 2016 monthly progress report letter to the Senate Commerce Committee, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Senate and House transportation appropriations committees and all relevant subcommittees, Surface…
Hey, Mr. Trump! Yeah you! The guy with the odd orange hairdo. You interested in supporting an American industry that invests billions of private capital, building worthwhile things, instead of…
If you think a theater of the absurd is limited to presidential candidates less popular than the Grinch who stole Christmas, you’re missing Surface Transportation Board (STB) dysfunction where Chairman…
Salco Products, Inc announced on Sept. 1, 2016 that Tom DeLafosse has joined the company as Vice President of Engineering and Technical Consulting services.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on Sept. 1, 2016 issued its final Buy America policy guidance advising transit agencies and transit vehicle manufacturers how to implement a phased increase in…
Responding to the Washington Council of Fire Fighters and other first responders, Washington State adopted a new rule, Chapter 173-185 WAC, Oil Movement by Rail and Pipeline Notification, “to enhance…
The Surface Transportation Board released August 31 an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR), which considers a new, streamlined procedure to resolve small rate disputes between shippers of all commodities…
The North County Transit District (NCTD) is significantly increasing enforcement activities against trespassers along both the Oceanside to San Diego and Oceanside to Escondido rail corridors.
Officials on opposite sides of the country outlined plans to enhance safety of local rail systems using recently awarded federal funds.
It’s unsettling, and very weird, I tell you. People—children, adults, teenagers—walking around, even driving, oblivious to their surroundings, fixated on their smartphones, looking for goofy little virtual characters called Pokémons…
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