Regulatory

Blame it on phases of the moon, a drop on the head as a baby, or a genetic disorder—but, whatever the cause, there seemingly is an increase in self-destructive and…
Quebec provincial police officials, investigating the fatal train incident in Lac-Mégantic, Que., July 6, arrived with a warrant at the Farnham, Que., offices of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway…
Transport Canada said late Tuesday, July 23, 2013 it would now ban one-person train crews, in response to the train derailment and explosion earlier this month in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. The…
Regular readers of this blog may remember that at the end of most of my writings on how the fracking industry is positively impacting our industry, I generally add a…
Two advocacy groups on Monday, June 24, 2013 filed a petition with the Surface Transportation Board to block New Jersey Transit Corp. and Princeton University from hacking away at NJT's…
Testifying Tuesday, June 18, 2013 before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, an Army Corps of Engineers official said the agency would not expand its environmental review of coal being…
Isabel Hamilton Benham, who died May 18, 2013, at the age of 103, was a formidable and influential presence in railroad affairs on Wall Street for much of the 20th Century. She…
The Surface Transportation Board granted an exemption for construction of 65 miles of California high speed railroad right-of-way between Merced and Fresno, Calif., on Thursday, June 13, 2013.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. has turned aside a challenge by chemical makers to a Federal Railroad Administration regulation involving the safety of chemical shipments and by…
This opinion piece should start off updating some of the ongoing debate between champions of rail rights-of-way restoration for rail use, and those wanting those rights-of-way for hiking or biking…
Like a U.S. Navy destroyer unleashing all of its weapons simultaneously, the Association of American Railroads has launched a strongly worded attack on the National Industrial Transportation League’s proposal to…
The Surface Transportation Board announced Monday, May 13, that it has adopted final mediation and arbitration rules that establish a new arbitration program under which shippers and railroads may agree…
With the Obama nomination of Anthony Foxx to become the next transportation secretary, chatter now focuses on the successor to Frank Mulvey at the three-member Surface Transportation Board (STB). 
The Surface Transportation Board announced May 1 that it has denied Union 
Pacific’s (UP) petition requesting that the Board find
 reasonable certain UP tariff provisions requiring shippers of
 Toxic-by-Inhalation Hazardous…
A multibillion-dollar antitrust suit alleging that four Class I railroads conspired to impose a uniform fuel surcharge on shippers will reach a crucial point on May 3, when a federal…
President Obama has nominated Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx as the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation, to succeed Ray LaHood.
The U.S. needs “fair and clear long-term policies that encourage continued investment in railroad infrastructure, technology, and sustainability initiatives,” Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman told a federal panel on April…
The Surface Transportation Board late Thursday said it “has jurisdiction over the California High-Speed Rail Authority's proposed construction of the California High-Speed Train System, including the approximately 65-mile section that…
Democrats Harry Hoglander (pictured) and Linda Puchala—each with an airline labor union background—have been renominated by President Obama for additional terms on the three-member National Mediation Board, which administers the…
The Railway Supply Institute has promoted Nicole Brewin to Vice President Government Affairs, and promoted Robyn Leach to Vice President Administration.
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